TechCrunch: India shuts down internet once again, this time in Assam and Meghalaya. “India maintained a shutdown of the internet in the states of Assam and Meghalaya on Friday, now into 36 hours, to control protests over a controversial and far-reaching new citizen rule. The shutdown of the internet in Assam and Meghalaya, home to more than 32 million people, is the latest example of a worrying worldwide trend employed by various governments: preventing people from communicating on the web and accessing information.”
TechCrunch: Facebook is failing to prevent another human rights tragedy playing out on its platform, report warns. “A report by campaign group Avaaz examining how Facebook’s platform is being used to spread hate speech in the Assam region of North East India suggests the company is once again failing to prevent its platform from being turned into a weapon to fuel ethnic violence.”
The Indian Express: A record restoration project aims at releasing thousand Assamese songs online this month. “On Bohag Bihu this year, a remastered version of Xuoroni Mur, a song by Dr Bhupen Hazarika, was released on the internet. Sixty-one years ago, Dr Hazarika, had composed the track for Phani Sharma’s film, Puwoti Nishar Xopun (1958). The full song, for long heard only on cassettes, is now available on Youtube — cleaned up and digitally remastered for the first time by the Jyoti Chitraban Studio in Guwahati. Xuoroni Mur isn’t the only one. Through the month of Bohag (or the first month of the Assamese new year corresponding to mid-April to mid-May), there will be a thousand songs from Assam — many which face the risk of fading into oblivion — released on Youtube.” I didn’t know too much about Assam, but Encyclopedia Britannica has a big ol’ article..
New-to-Me: a digital archive of Assamese culture. ” In Assam, despite boasting of a rich heritage and culture, we had lost many of our work of art like literature, music and cinema because they were not preserved. However, independent filmmaker Himjyoti Talukdar had other ideas and today thanks to his online website… a large chunk of our culture including folksongs, movies, songs, cuisines, poetry, short stories and photos have been archived.” Google Translate will not translate the page because it says it’s already in English. (Parts of it are, but not all.) You can individually translate pages, however.