When politicians and millionaires agree with each other it usually means that you got to get out of your couch, crouch low, and sniff around, because there is definitely something fishy shoved under the carpet, that is starting to rot.
Following the Indian Prime Minister’s aggressively documented visit to Silicon Valley the poster-boy of Palo Alto and CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, in a seemingly slick move changed his profile picture to sport the filter that has been customised in support of Digital India.
Modi’s agenda has been veiled with infuriating doublespeak, and coupled with their mutual appreciation club antics, it is difficult to see beyond their BFF-grade Facebook camaraderie. The Digital India Initiative will further Zuckerberg’s agenda of internet.org, which is counter-productive to Net Neutrality, more on that later.
Here are a few questions to ask yourself before you apply the filter.
1. Changing your Facebook profile picture in support of Digital India and what it means
What are the forces of big corporation that you may have unknowingly supported?
In a post that was uploaded by The Hacker News they revealed the source code of that documents your support of internet.org, Mark Zuckerberg’s Machiavellian plan for world domination.
2. Modi’s Digital India initiative is aimed at accountable, transparent, and efficient governance.
Does that come at the cost of our privacy?
Modi’s Digital India initiative promises to make governance in India accountable, transparent, and efficient by cutting down the paperwork, and assuring data privacy and security.
Which basically means that none of your digital information is safe anymore and can be accessed by the government as easy as opening the fridge and reaching for the cake. Remember the absurd draft with severe loopholes that surfaced about a New Encryption Policy?
3. The plan is to empower 60,000 villages with broadband.
While farmer suicides still continue, is this really the priority?
NaMo has his priorities straight, said no one ever. An unaccountable number of farmers still commit suicide, literacy and electricity continue to be a daily challenge in the 21st century. But of course access to broadband is really what will turn the tide.
4. Public WiFi spots will be created across 500 railway stations
But why do we need Google to do that for us, don’t we have engineers in the country who could rig up a nifty public WiFi set-up?
He plans to create more public WiFi spots across 500 railway stations in India and a focussed expansion of the National Optical Fibre Network that will eventually grant 600,000 villages the boon of broadband.
NAMO has summed it up perfectly. So, for the sake of a democratic and free Internet let’s resist the con of the new profile picture.