EXCLUSIVE: Documents Show Modi Govt Building 360 Degree Database To Track Every Indian (Huffington Post)

Huffington Post: EXCLUSIVE: Documents Show Modi Govt Building 360 Degree Database To Track Every Indian. “The Narendra Modi government is in the final stages of creating an all-encompassing, auto-updating, searchable database to track every aspect of the lives of each of India’s over 1.2 billion residents, previously undisclosed government documents reviewed by HuffPost India establish.”

Quartz: Facebook political ads show Modi is still king of social media in India

Quartz: Facebook political ads show Modi is still king of social media in India. “If India’s 2019 parliamentary polls were to be judged entirely by the political advertisements on Facebook, it is all about economics. These ads have predominantly focused on the economy and development. It’s even more clear who is grabbing the limelight: Prime minister Narendra Modi’s name features in far more of these ads than those of his rivals and allies.”

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.”

BusinessWire: Instagram is the Fastest Growing Social Network Among World Leaders (PRESS RELEASE)

BusinessWire: Instagram is the Fastest Growing Social Network Among World Leaders (PRESS RELEASE.) “Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is the most followed world leader on Instagram with 14.8 million followers. He is closely followed by Indonesian President Joko Widodo, with 12.2 million followers, who more than doubled his followers over the past 12 months, according to the newly released 2018 World Leaders on Instagram study by leading global communications agency BCW (Burson Cohn & Wolfe). With 10 million followers, U.S. President Donald Trump is in third position.”

Economic Times: How Narendra Modi has successfully managed to turn the country into a data set

Economic Times: How Narendra Modi has successfully managed to turn the country into a data set. “A few years ago, the word ‘government’ evoked the picture of slow-moving babus in the backdrop of tall almirahs bulging with bundles of files that appeared as old as parchments. Today, most ministries have websites that track projects in real time. The government is geotagging MGNREGA assets to stop leakages and bring transparency. The tagging will help identify the work, the money spent on it, the number of people who worked on it, among other things.”