The Download: India’s delivery apps, and covid vaccines for young children

From 7 a.m. until well past dusk, seven days a week, N. Sudhakar sits behind the counter of his hole-in-the wall grocery store in the south Indian city of Bangalore. Packed floor to ceiling with everything from 20-kilogram sacks of rice to one-rupee ($.01) shampoo sachets, this one-stop shop supplies most of the daily needs […]

The delivery apps reshaping life in India’s megacities

It’s also not clear what problem they are solving, says Singhal, as most kiranas already take orders via WhatsApp and deliver to customers’ doorstep. The only explanation, he says, is a global glut of capital groping around for investment opportunities in an era of low interest rates. “To me, this excitement is on account of […]

From Gravity to Ghostbusters: Film festival to showcase women in STEM

Peter Griffin, Editor. 21 June 2022, 10:02 am Auckland techies and cinephiles are in for a treat in July as a week-long film festival kicks off with a focus on strong female leads in science and innovation-themed movies. The festival runs from July 1 to July 7 and is hosted by the Association for Women […]

The Download: Trolling text scammers, and China’s social media censorship

The other night, I received a mysterious WhatsApp message. “Dr. Kevin?” it began, the question mark suggesting the sender felt bad for interrupting my evening. “My puppy is very slow and won’t eat dog food. Can you make an appointment for me?” I was mystified. My name is not Kevin, I am not a veterinarian, […]

Monday news in brief (June 20th)

Victoria MacLennan. 20 June 2022, 10:28 pm I missed my update last Monday, I was home sick thinking it might be Covid but it turned out to be a common cold – touch wood I still haven’t joined the thousands of New Zealanders who have experienced Covid19. I also heard last week that as a […]

Why people are trolling their spam texts

I did not respond, but many others who received similar texts have. Some are even throwing it back at their spammers by spinning wild tales and sending hilarious messages to frustrate whoever is on the other side. They’re fighting back with snark, and in some cases posting screenshots of their conversations online.  Spam texts are […]

China wants all social media comments to be pre-reviewed before publishing

The new changes are for Provisions on the Management of Internet Post Comments Services, a regulation that first came into effect in 2017. Five years later, the Cyberspace Administration wants to bring it up to date.  “The proposed revisions primarily update the current version of the ‘comment rules’ to bring them into line with the […]

Police linked to hacking campaign to frame Indian activists

Enlarge / Bike rally by police personnel during “We Make Pune City Safe” awareness campaign on October 3, 2017, in Pune, India. reader comments 10 with 9 posters participating Share this story Police forces around the world have increasingly used hacking tools to identify and track protesters, expose political dissidents’ secrets, and turn activists’ computers […]

Homophobic misinformation is making it harder to contain the spread of monkeypox

That job is being made harder by false, often homophobic theories that are spreading on all major social media platforms, according to research carried out for MIT Technology Review by the Center for Countering Digital Hate. These false claims are making it harder to convince the public that monkeypox can affect everyone, and they could […]