THE USE OF KNOWLEDGE IS POWER

In A Time Of Universal Deceit, Telling The Truth Becomes A Revolutionary Act. (Orwell)

ALL TRUTH PASSES THROUGH THREE STAGES; FIRST, IT IS RIDICULED, SECOND, IT IS VIOLENTLY OPPOSED, THIRD, IT IS ACCEPTED AS BEING SELF-EVIDENT. (Arthur Schopenhauer)

I WILL TELL YOU ONE THING FOR SURE. ONCE YOU GET TO THE POINT WHERE YOU ARE ACTUALLY DOING THINGS FOR TRUTH'S SAKE, THEN NOBODY CAN EVER TOUCH YOU AGAIN BECAUSE YOU ARE HARMONIZING WITH A GREATER POWER. (George Harrison)

THE WORLD ALWAYS INVISIBLY AND DANGEROUSLY REVOLVES AROUND PHILOSOPHERS. (Nietzsche)

"To this day, [those] who...know the self as I am Brahman [IS-ness], become all this universe. Even the gods [any other dimensional beings] cannot prevent his becoming this, for he has become their Self. If a man worships another deity thinking: He is one and I am another, he does not know. He [who does not know] is like a sacrificial animal to the gods. As many animals serve a man, so does each man serve the gods. Even if one animal is taken away, it causes anguish to the owner; how much more so when many are taken away! Therefore it is not pleasing to the gods that men should know this [that they are IS-ness]." (Brihadaranyaka Upanishad, I.iv.10)

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Thursday, December 31, 2015

Academicians slammed Facebook's Free Basics initiative



Academicians from India's premier institutes IITs and IISc have slammed Facebook's Free Basics initiative, terming it “flawed“ and “misleading“.

In a joint statement issued on Tuesday, around 50 faculty members from IITs (Bombay, Delhi, Kharagpur, Madras, Patna) and IISc Bengaluru have denounced the proposal dubbing it a “lethal combination that will lead to total lack of freedom on how Indians can use the internet“.

Listing three major flaws in the programme, the scientists urged the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India to “thoroughly reject“ Facebook's “free basics“ proposal. “The first obvious flaw in the proposal is that Facebook assumes control of defining what a 'basic' service is.“Facebook will have access to all your apps' contents.

“This flaw is not visible to the lay person as it's a technical detail, but it has deep and disturbing implications. Since Facebook can access un-encrypted contents of users' 'basic' services, either we get to consider health apps to be not basic, or risk revealing health records of all Indians to Facebook.

“The third flaw is that the term 'free' in 'free basics' is a marketing gimmick.“

The academicians said that the 'Free Basics' proposal “is flawed as above is alarming but not surprising, for it violates one of the core architectural principles of internet design: net neutrality.

“Compromising net neutrality, an important design principle of the internet, would invariably lead to deep consequences on people's freedom to access and use information.

“We, therefore, urge that the TRAI should support net neutrality in its strongest form, and thoroughly reject Facebook's 'free basics' proposal.“

Dec 31 2015 : The Times of India (Hyderabad)

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