Gizmodo: 130 Million at Risk of Fraud After Massive Leak of Indian Biometric System Data. “A series of potentially calamitous leaks in India leave as many as 130 million people at risk of fraud or worse after caches of biometric and other personal data became accessible online. That’s according to a new report from the Bangalore-based Centre for Internet and Society (CIS), which details breaches at four national- and state-run databases, all of which are said to contain purportedly ‘uniquely-identifying’ Aadhaar numbers.”
The government of India is working to create an online database of all health establishments. “Aiming to improve health outcomes and create health database, the Union Health Ministry will soon roll out a two-year-long massive exercise to map all public and private healthcare establishments at the district level in the country. This is the first ever healthcare establishment census, using paperless technology.”
Gulf News: Meet a 78 year-old social media influencer. “While being an online influencer may be the trend these days, a 78 year-old Indian expatriate in Sharjah prefers to use her knowledge and a collection of 18,000 SMSs to share useful messages with her followers on WhatsApp.”
Al Jazeera: Facebook, Twitter, other social media banned in Kashmir. “Authorities in Indian-administered Kashmir have banned Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp after the Indian government said social media services were ‘being misused by anti-national and anti-social elements’. It is the first time the government has taken such a step, although it regularly blocks mobile internet signal in the Kashmir Valley.”
Financial Express: Google bolsters Indian language support for more inclusive web. “Google has expanded support for nine more Indian languages, including Gujarati, Punjabi, Malayalam and Kannada, across various products to ensure more people can access Internet in a language of their choice. Powered by ‘neural machine translation’, users will be able to translate between English and nine widely-used Indian languages — Hindi, Bengali, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, Gujarati, Punjabi, Malayalam and Kannada.”
Deccan Herald (India): Out of print books at State Central Library will be digitised, says Sait. “Thousands of books at the State Central Library here will be digitised and added to the e-library, Minister for Primary and Secondary Education Tanveer Sait said on Sunday. ‘There are 3.64 lakh books at the State Central Library and one lakh books at district central libraries. Books which cannot be reprinted will be added to e-library. Around 50,000 books have been digitalised so far. Books on various disciplines will be added to the digital library,’ he said after inaugurating the renovated building of the historic library.” 3.64 lakh is 364,000.
LA Times: Why Indians are angry at Snapchat. “Snapchat is facing backlash after its chief executive allegedly said he didn’t want to expand ‘into poor countries like India and Spain.’ The alleged remarks were described in a lawsuit by former employee Anthony Pompliano, who worked at the Venice company for three weeks in 2015 before being fired.”