The Sentinel (India): Poll memes, dubsmashes take social media by storm

The Sentinel (India): Poll memes, dubsmashes take social media by storm. “With am aim to strike a chord with young voters, political parties, candidates and the public relations firms have gone into a frenzy, sharing memes and dubsmashes, including in regional languages, across social media platforms. From Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘achche din’ and ‘Mei Bhi Chawkidar’ campaign and his reverse archery skills to Rahul Gandhi’s ‘Aaloo Daalo Sona niklega’ — everything new and old is being refreshed, recycled and reused as memes and dubsmashes on social media in the election season.”

The Hacker News: Over 100 Million JustDial Users’ Personal Data Found Exposed On the Internet

The Hacker News: Over 100 Million JustDial Users’ Personal Data Found Exposed On the Internet. “An unprotected database belonging to JustDial, India’s largest local search service, is leaking personally identifiable information of its every customer in real-time who accessed the service via its website, mobile app, or even by calling on its fancy ‘88888 88888’ customer care number, The Hacker News has learned and independently verified.”

TikTok Ban: Government Asks Apple and Google to Take Down TikTok From App Stores (News18)

News18: TikTok Ban: Government Asks Apple and Google to Take Down TikTok From App Stores. “India’s Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) has reportedly asked Google and Apple to remove the Chinese video sharing application TikTok from their app stores. This development comes just a day after the Supreme Court had rejected TikTok’s plea to stay a Madras High Court order from April 3, to put a ban on the app’s downloads.”

NPR: Edible Archives Project Aims To Revive Hundreds Of Vanishing Indian Rice Strains

NPR: Edible Archives Project Aims To Revive Hundreds Of Vanishing Indian Rice Strains. “During the Green Revolution in the 1960s, when machinery replaced manual work and ‘high-yield variety’ seeds were promoted, agricultural output increased dramatically, but a few hybrid rice strains took over from hundreds of indigenous ones. The Edible Archives Project aims to showcase the sheer range of rice varieties grown in India, and throw the spotlight specifically on those which have almost vanished from the country’s foodscape or are grown only in small communities.”

Quartz: Pro-Modi Twitter bots manipulated a hashtag at a record-breaking rate

Quartz: Pro-Modi Twitter bots manipulated a hashtag at a record-breaking rate. “In February, two duelling hashtags—one in support of Indian prime minister Narendra Modi and one opposing him—used bots to boost their messaging. The overall traffic driving both hashtags was heavily automated, finds a report by the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab (DFR Lab), but the pro-Modi hashtag far more so.”