India Railway Minister Resigns
India's railway minister, Pawan Kumar Bansal, resigned as the Congress party-led government moved to limit the damage from a corruption scandal with less than a year until national elections.
Iran Cracks Down Ahead of Election
The Iranian government has launched a crackdown before presidential elections next month, Iranians say, including disrupting the Internet, creating a cyber-surveillance unit, and canceling university classes.
India Ink: In Tamil Nadu, Politics Meets Idlis
Ahead of the general elections, Chief Minister J.Jayalalithaa has introduced canteens that serve subsidized South Indian food.
A Thought Experiment On How Google's New Palestine Page Could Undermine Peace Talks
The Israeli Foreign Minister has sent a strongly worded letter to Google CEO, Larry Page, warning him that their new Palestine search page could undermine Middle-East peace negotiations. “Such a decision is in my opinion not only mistaken but could also negatively impinge on the efforts of my government to bring about direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority,” wrote minister Ze’ev Elkin, about Google’s decision to change “Palestinian Territories” to “Palestine” on Google.ps (picture above). Careful followers of foreign policy news might question how exactly a tiny word change on a website could upset arguably the most resource-intensive diplomatic effort in human history, but we think such skepticism underestimates Google’s vast geo-political power. Here’s a thought experiment of 5 different ways Google could have a meaningful impact: 1. Well, maybe Google could…no, that wouldn’t do anything 2. … 3. … 4. … 5. … Ok, we can’t think ...
One Year Later, Twice As Many Democrats Vote For Cybersecurity Bill And Defy Obama
So much for President Obama’s election mandate and the notion that Democrats are concerned about privacy. Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the controversial Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), which has been caught in the centuries old debate over privacy vs. security. The House passage isn’t particularly interesting, since, like last year, CISPA may die in the Senate. The big news: more than twice as many Democrats voted for CISPA this year than in 2012 (92 vs. 42), meaning that twice as many Democrats show less concern for privacy and less obedience to the White House (which has threatened to veto the bill). Democrats have stereotypically been the guardian of civil liberties, while Republicans took up the mantel of security hawks. Not so, today. Even worse for the White House, Democrats did not heed the White House’s warnings that the current bill did not do enough to protect privacy. CISPA, which would encourage information sharing between Internet ...