On December 17, Facebook unleashed a massive campaign trying to win support for its Free Basics platform, which has been the subject of a lot of controversy.This is in the context of the consultation paper put out by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, which looks into the issue of differential pricing.
The paper stresses the need for ensuring non-discrimination, competitiveness and transparency in data tariffs and asks for recommendations for the same. Rightly fearing that its attempts to monopolize the internet and create a walled garden will be stopped, Facebook is now trying to galvanize the support of its users, many of whom unwittingly signed up in support of Free Basics. This is classic Facebook-style manipulation to garner support of Indians.
Over the past few months, Facebook has received a huge amount of criticism for its attempts to wall the internet through Free Basics, which they had originally called internet.org. Even Mark Zuckerberg's many publicity attempts have not succeeded in resolving the concerns of the Indian technology community and people. This consultation paper by TRAI is a good opportunity to take a firm stand against content providers acting as gatekeepers. It is now essential that we all work together to foil this sort of manipulation by Facebook.
The Free Software Movement of India (FSMI) welcomes the decision of the Patent Office, made vide its Order of December 14, 2015, to revoke the Guidelines for Patenting of Computer Related Inventions (CRIs) issued on August 21, 2015.
The Patent Office has stated in its aforementioned order that having received several representations regarding the interpretation and scope of Section 3(k) of Patents Act, it has decided to keep the Guidelines of August 21, 2015, under abeyance till contentious issues are resolved.
Swecha Resource center
Glad to announce the establishment of the Kodad Swecha Resource Centre , Inaugrated by @Siddhartha Malempati followed by session on Linux installation and Internals by @Sudhamsh K
Swecha is conducting a 7 day summer camp with advanced technical training named 'Swecha Boot Camp' from 18-06-2015 to 24-06-2015.
What is Swecha Boot Camp?
It's time for the technical aspirants to move from basic towards advanced level technical training for cutting edge technologies to stand up in the current evolving trend.
The main objective of this camp is to introduce and work with the cutting edge technologies under the guidance of experts from industry.
Technologies involved : Meteor.js , Polymer, Speech Feature Extraction, ANTLR (Make your programming language etc)
Speakers from Swecha, IIITH and ThoughtWorks will present the sessions.