United Nations- The New Indian Express


GENEVA: Two thirds of school-age children worldwide have no internet at home, a UN report found Tuesday, even as pandemic-induced school closures have made online access vital to getting an education.

In all, an estimated 1.3 billion children between the ages of three and 17 do not have internet connections in their homes, said the joint report from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

The report also found that a similar lack of access among youths and young adults, with 63 percent of all 15 to 24-year-olds unconnected at home.

“That so many children and young people have no internet at home is more than a digital gap, it is a digital canyon,” UNICEF chief Henrietta Fore warned in a statement.

“Lacking connectivity prevents young people from “competing in the modern economy. It isolates them from the world,” she said.

The report’s

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RERA warns builders to put up quarterly updates on website- The New Indian Express

By Express News Service

BENGALURU: The Real Estate Regulatory Authority – Karnataka (RERA-K) has cautioned 1,437 promoters to immediately put up quarterly updates on its website, failing which they would be penalized. 
An official release on Monday said that despite repeated notices being issued to the promoters in this connection, they had failed to do so, and urged the defaulters to do it before December 31.

RERA-K Chairperson K S Latha Kumari told TNIE, “All the companies which have registered with us need to update their financial status and physical progress of work done on their respective projects every three months. It has not been done by 1,437 promoters, who have registered with us on various dates over the past three years. A good number of them have not put up even one quarterly update, despite repeatedly 
stressing on the need for it and issuing notices.”

The need to put

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Justices express qualms about sweeping computer crime law

“Under the government’s broad interpretation of the CFAA,” they wrote, “standard security research practices — such as accessing publicly available data in a manner beneficial to the public yet prohibited by the owner of the data — can be highly risky.”

Key context: The case that could decide the scope of the CFAA stems from a tawdry sting operation. In 2017, a district court convicted police officer Nathan Van Buren for using his access to the license plate database to check whether a strip club dancer was an undercover officer in return for a loan from a man who turned out to be an FBI informant. Van Buren’s lawyers argued that he hadn’t violated the CFAA’s prohibition on unauthorized computer access because he’d had legitimate access to the database as part of his job.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit upheld Van Buren’s conviction, finding that the

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Vigilance to get data retrieved from gadgets- The New Indian Express

Express News Service

KOCHI: The Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau (VACB) will receive the crucial data retrieved from the mobile phones and other electronic gadgets of Swapna Suresh and Sandeep Nair, accused in the case related to smuggling of gold through the diplomatic channel. The digital content would be provided to VACB for the probe into the LIFE Mission Wadakkanchery project corruption. 

The digital content especially retrieved from the mobile phones is crucial as it would shed light on the role of former principal secretary M Sivasankar and the kickback he allegedly received as part of the LIFE Mission project. The Enforcement Directorate (ED) probing money laundering angle in the gold smuggling case arrested Sivasankar on the basis of the WhatsApp chats retrieved from the mobile phones of Swapna. 

The VACB had approached the National Investigation Agency (NIA) Court in Kochi to get the digital content. As part of it, the

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Candidate launches website for people to share suggestions- The New Indian Express

Express News Service

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: With people’s participation in mind, a candidate contesting from the Thiruvananthapuram district panchayat this year has set up his own website where the public can raise complaints and share suggestions. 

In fact, G G Girikrishnan, the UDF candidate contesting from the panchayat’s Kilimanoor division, is even adding some of the suggestions he received to his election manifesto. 

“The idea for the website stemmed from the fact that the district panchayat representatives often lack a clear idea of the needs of their division, especially due its vastness. Their role is often limited to allocating funds for maintenance works in schools and other institutions or to bring in MLA funds. This needs to change. I expect to get a clearer picture of the needs of Kilimanoor division,” said Girikrishnan. He plans to maintain the website irrespective of election results. Launched four days ago, the portal received over 100

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Facebook, Twitter CEOs express support for changes to key law governing internet speech


Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey testifies virtually Tuesday about social media’s responsibilities in fighting hatred while promoting free speech.

Screenshot by CNET

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey agreed Tuesday to support changes to a key federal internet law even as they pushed back at allegations that their companies are biased against conservative views.

In a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, the pair of executives answered a range of questions that strayed from the original topic: how the companies handled the 2020 US election. The four-and-a-half-hour hearing touched on tech addiction, encryption and antitrust, in addition to content moderation.

The testimony marked the second congressional appearance for both men in less than a month. Though the exchanges were more cordial than last month’s, it was clear from the outset that lawmakers are intent on reining in the two popular social networks. One frequently raised possibility: revising Section 230, a

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Encroachments by Computer Baba’s aide demolished in Indore- The New Indian Express


INDORE: Authorities in Madhya Pradesh’s Indore district on Tuesday razed illegal structures built by an associate of self-styled godman Namdeo Das Tyagi on 15,000 sq ft area here, a senior official said.

Tyagi, popularly known as Computer Baba, was earlier arrested in preventive action when the administration was removing encroachment from a government land in Jamburdi Hapsi village near Indore on November 8.

“When we demolished Tyagi’s illegal ashram in Jamboori Hapsi, we seized an SUV from there, and although Computer Baba was using the vehicle, it was registered in the name of Ramesh Tomar,” additional district magistrate (ADM) Ajaydev Sharma said.

There are 19 cases related to criminal conspiracy, cheating, extortion, manhandling, among others registered against Tomar, he said.

“During our probe, we found that Tomar had built a few houses in Musakhedi area without the Indore Municipal Corporation’s (IMC) permission,” the official said, adding that these

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Computer Baba’s ashram demolished for encroaching 46 acres land in Indore, godman, six others arrest- The New Indian Express

By Express News Service

BHOPAL: Congress-backer and self-styled godman Computer Baba’s ashram built by encroaching on 46 acres of land in Madhya Pradesh’s commercial capital Indore was demolished by an Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) team on Sunday.

Not only was the religious retreat of the godman razed by the civic body’s team, but the Baba along with six others were taken into custody by police and sent to Indore Central Jail for encroaching the land as well as creating law and order problems during the demolition process.

The Sunday morning development unfolded three days after a similar demolition drive by a Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) team at the college owned by controversial Congress MLA Arif Masood in Bhopal’s Khanugaon area. Masood, importantly, was recently arrested (but released later on bail) for leading a massive protest against French President Emmanuel Macron in the MP capital in violation of COVID-19 safety norms.

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Snowflakes faint at Fawlty Towers, but ignore violent computer games, says Sir John Hayes | Express Comment | Comment

But even Talking Pictures, aimed as it is at those with a keen interest in social history, has been compelled by the regulator Ofcom to caution its viewers that much of its programming reflects the “language and values of the past”. Such warnings demonstrate how commonplace it has become to regard the values of previous generations with contempt. Programmes such as It Was Alright In The 70s invite viewers to express synthetic outrage at footage from old TV comedies.

Such are the sensitivities of liberal broadcasters that comic gems such as Fawlty Towers are never now shown.

Presumably Manuel (Andrew Sachs) being bullied by Basil (John Cleese) is just too much for the snowflake generation to bear.

But do the makers of programmes based on derisive sniggering at the entertainment of yesteryear ever stop to wonder how past generations would regard what we do and view now? Certainly, they appear

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Probe display of activists information on website- The New Indian Express


MUMBAI: The Bombay High Court on Thursday directed the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting to start an inquiry into how personal details of RTI applicants were made public on its website, and said not taking such breach seriously would trivialise citizens’ right to information.

A bench of Justices Nitin Jamdar and Milind Jadhav disposed of a plea filed by RTI activist Saket Gokhale seeking direction for removal of personal information from the central ministry’s website.

It directed the I&B Ministry to treat Gokhale’s petition as a representation and ensure a suitable inquiry into how personal details of over 4,000 applicants, including Gokhale, were made public since 2016, and submit a report.

The bench said that the issue went beyond the breach of Gokhale’s right to privacy and carried the risk of impacting future applicants.

“Informed citizenry and transparency of information are vital for the functioning of democracy,” the

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