September 2013

Internet Freedom Fortnight Celebrations

The recent revelations of Edward Snowden have brought to fore the unprecedented massive surveillance that the NSA under the aegis of USA has been carrying out on world countries. This naturally raises serious questions on the future of internet and democracy. If the Section 66(A) of the IT Act in India acts as a deterrent to freedom of speech and expression that the citizens are constitutionally entitled to, surveillance leads to loss of individual privacy and our national sovereignty. These acts remind us of the infamous days of colonial rule, to come out of which took us hundreds of years. Today, we are heading back to the same days- our domestic policies, space research, military strategies etc., are monitored by the USA through the various surveillance mechanisms. It is time we stand up and join the movement for internet and digital freedom!

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Bala Vignana Vahini

    Swecha organized an event in a Govt school located in Manikonda. A team of 5 volunteers headed this event. Initially the team worked on preparing videos according to their syllabus and searched for related applications. Team chose solar system, eclipse formation and simple machines as the topics and ‘Stellarium’ application which showcases solar system.

The team took the session for VIII class students (Telugu Medium), who were very energetic and enthusiastic to learn their subjects on computers. About 25% of the class already knew and used a computer before. A pre-assessment test was conducted