Category Archives: security and privacy

A touch of evil?

Despite its revolutionary products, Google still draws flak from different quarters
By Zafar Anjum
11 Sep 2009

Google is without doubt one of the most influential and revolutionary technology companies in history. In over a decade’s time, the way Google has risen in the cyberspace and redefined everything—from search to e-mails to applications—is unparalleled.

Today, it is a much admired company. In The Wall Street Journal’s list of Asia’s 200 most admired companies, Google ranks at no 3, just after Apple and Toyota Motors, and above Sony, Nokia and Microsoft.

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Lose control

In the interesting times that we find ourselves in, we seem to be asked to lose control over everything that we have. By Zafar Anjum
19 Feb 2010

A few years ago, there was a Bollywood film song that became a rage in India. “Lose control”—that’s what it urged the country’s youth to do. The song purported to be the guiding philosophy of a bunch of never-do-well college kids.

Well, it is a bit unfair to pluck the song off its main narrative context but its refrain, “lose control”, pretty much signifies the zeitgeist of our times.

In the interesting times that we find ourselves in, we seem to be asked to lose control over everything that we have. The paradox of this development, if you will, is that what we have is private and at the same time, it is public too. The only thing is that either we don’t know about it or we don’t realise it. And it all happens in the name of privacy or security or the best of all the ruses, for the greater common good.

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