News Updates[Facebook’s Interference With Electoral Democracy] IT Ministry Probing Alleged Bias Of Facebook India: Govt Tells Lok Sabha [Read Statement] LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK17 Sep 2020 5:17 AMShare This – xThe Central Government has informed that it is looking into alleged political partisanship of Facebook India’s high-ranking employees that allegedly interfered with India’s electoral democracy. “Minister for Electronics & Information Technology has written to CEO, Facebook about alleged bias of the platform and to ensure integrity and neutrality of the Facebook and the people…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Central Government has informed that it is looking into alleged political partisanship of Facebook India’s high-ranking employees that allegedly interfered with India’s electoral democracy. “Minister for Electronics & Information Technology has written to CEO, Facebook about alleged bias of the platform and to ensure integrity and neutrality of the Facebook and the people working for Facebook,” said Sanjay Dhotre, the Minister of State for IT, in the Lok Sabha. An investigative report published by the Wall Street Journal last month alleged that senior officials of Facebook India supported the incumbent Prime Minister’s election campaign in 2014 by turning blind eye towards hate speech propagated by his party on the company’s platform. As the report has started a political storm in the country, CPI MP Subbarayan K inquired about the steps taken by the Government in that regard. Retorting to the same Mr. Dhotre said in his written response that the Government has taken note of the media reports and the IT Ministry is conducting a probe for the same. He also informed that the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology has already taken up the matter with the social media giant. As reported by The Week, the Standing Committee headed by Congress leader Shashi Tharoor held discussions with Facebook on September 2. It is pertinent to note that Congress also wrote to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg demanding to know what steps the organisation had taken to investigate the charges against its Indian leadership. Responding to the same, Facebook said that it is non-partisan, denounces hate and bigotry in all forms and strives to ensure that its platforms remain a space where people can express themselves freely. Congress MP KC Venugopal had also raised the issue of Facebook’s “blatant bias and dubious in content regulation” in Rajya Sabha today during the Zero Hour. Click Here To Download Statement Read Statement Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Story
By Andréa Barretto/Diálogo June 19, 2020 The Brazilian Navy (MB, in Portuguese), in partnership with the University of São Paulo (USP), is developing a ventilator that may save the lives of people infected with COVID-19.A group of engineers belonging to the Nuclear Power Plant Development Project of the first Brazilian submarine with nuclear propulsion designed the technical project and manufactured ventilator prototypes.The handwashing station created by the team from the Technological Institute of Aeronautics responds to the urgent need for hand sanitation. (Photo: Institute of Aeronautics Technology)The production phase of 10 prototypes and the final ventilator model are complete. “With support from MB, USP now focuses its efforts on acquiring the last critical components and supplies, and works with experts to test and evaluate the equipment,” MB’s Public Affairs Office said.Once approved, mass production will begin at the facilities of the Navy’s Technological Center in São Paulo (CTMSP, in Portuguese), a military organization on the USP campus. This location also houses MB’s nuclear program. According to initial estimates, CTMSP will be able to produce 25 to 50 ventilators per day.The emergency ventilator, named Inspire, uses only Brazilian technology at a cost of about $402, which is considerably lower than the price of ventilators sold in Brazil. Another advantage is that it may take as little as two hours to produce a unit.“The opportunity to participate in this project makes us proud because the Navy’s mission is to protect the Brazilian people,” said MB Vice Admiral Noriaki Wada, CTMSP director. “USP and the Navy have had a successful partnership for 64 years. This milestone is even more special due to the critical times we are living in,” said the officer.The partnership between MB and USP’s Polytechnic School during the pandemic also includes the production, by the university, of face masks, used as personal protective equipment. MB is responsible for taking protective equipment to health care professionals. So far, MB has distributed 3,000 face masks to public hospitals.Other innovationsThe Technological Institute of Aeronautics (ITA, in Portuguese), a university linked to the Brazilian Air Force (FAB, in Portuguese), is developing other technology to combat the pandemic, including equipment to identify the novel coronavirus in the air. The equipment has a filter that operates within a 50-square-meter area. The air samples collected are analyzed by a lab, which identifies the virus and other microorganisms. This project is based on existing technology used to monitor radiological clouds to detect radiation.While developing the new equipment, ITA designed a portable handwashing station. The structure, built on wheels, has a water tank, four sinks, and a liquid soap dispenser. The water is pumped by a foot pedal and the soap is dispensed when the lever is activated by the elbow.The handwashing station was created for emergency use in places where handwashing is difficult, but the goal is to implement it with other innovations. “As an extension of the project, we will study technologies to create a water recycling system to increase the capacity of the handwashing station,” said FAB First Lieutenant Dafne de Brito Cruz, instructor for the ITA’s Department of Water Resources and Environmental Sanitation.