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Digital Disinformation and Election Integrity: Benchmarks for Regulation

As critical events in democratic life, elections pose extraordinary challenges to the autonomy of public opinion. This article outlines some of the regulatory challenges that have emerged in the wake of digital media expansion in India, and argues that the self-regulatory mechanism that was developed during the 2019 national elections is insufficient in addressing problems of online extreme speech, algorithmic bias, and proxy campaigns. Building on the electoral management model proposed by Netina Tan, it suggests that a critical overview of ongoing efforts can help determine the readiness of Indian regulatory structures to respond to digital disruptions during elections and emphasises the need for a co-regulatory mechanism.

Online Gods Ep 4: Rumours and the Agents of Ishq

In this episode, we speak with Irfan Ahmad about rumours and Paromita Vohra about the Agents of Ishq.

Online Gods Ep 3: Digital Diaspora and a Right Wing Twitter 'Influencer'

In this episode, we speak with Victoria Bernal about digital diaspora politics and Rishi Bagree about being a right wing twitter "influencer."

Online Gods Ep 2: Media as Religion and Round Table India/Dalit Online Media

In this episode we speak to Angela Zito about Media as Religion and Kuffir Nalgundwar about Round Table India & Dalit Online Media.

Online Gods Ep 1: Big Data and The Ladies Finger

In this episode we speak to Ralph Schroeder about Big Data and Nisha Susan about The Ladies Finger.

India Needs a Fresh Strategy to Tackle Online Extreme Speech

Abuse and disinformation should be approached as an important culture of mediatised politics in the digital age, which not only reflects extant political differences but significantly shapes what it means to participate in public life for a net fed generation.

Talking Media with 'Online Gods': What Is Academic Podcasting Like?

What does it mean “to do ethnography” in the “digital age”? Should ethnography become multimodal? The founders of the academic podcast, Online Gods, provide an insight.

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