Monthly Archives: July 2017

As phone calls move to the Internet

It’s 2017 and the quality of the average WhatsApp and FaceTime call in Bombay and other cities has gotten better than that of a regular voice call. There’s also enough anecdotal evidence to suggest regular voice call quality has in … Continue reading

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The sea

A comment I wrote on a post where someone wondered if the sea was what made Bombay special: It’s the sea. It’s the sea off the slightly rustic beaches at Aksa and Manori and Uttan, and Madh; the sea that … Continue reading

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Read: the war for the open Internet

This long post on the threat to the Internet’s open nature, which we take for granted, is worth every one of the twenty minutes you’ll spend reading it. The Internet is far more centralized than it was when it began … Continue reading

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Fixing Aadhaar eKYC and other leaks

Personally identifiable information (name, bank account, aadhaar number among others) has been leaked a number of times from government websites (“Details of over a million Aadhaar numbers published on Jharkhand govt website“) and from companies with Aadhaar-based eKYC (“Jio users’ … Continue reading

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Initial coin offerings as an early blockchain use case

Raising money by offering part of your equity and/or profits through ‘initial coin offerings’ is gaining momentum. Companies raised over 600 million dollars through ICOs in June alone: Here’s a primer on this: Such a purchase of digital tokens only … Continue reading

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