• Technology

    Software Algorithms are brought under the scrutiny in China

    The Cyberspace Administration of China on August 27th, 2021 released the draft titled “Internet Information Service Algorithmic Recommendation Management Provisions” for public comment. It appears to be detailed and technically informed and not just non-technical laws. For example, see this one section: Article 7: Algorithmic recommendation service providers shall: fulfil their primary responsibility for algorithmic security, establish and complete management systems for user registration, information dissemination examination and verification, algorithmic mechanism examination and verification, security assessment and monitoring, security incident response and handling, data security protection and personal information protection, etc.; formulate and disclose algorithmic recommendation-related service norms; and allocate specialized personnel and technical support suited to the scale of…

  • Chennai

    The giant display walls seen during rocket launches

    I have wondered about the effectiveness of the large display walls in mission control rooms that we see on TV during rocket launches. Not only the USA (NASA) but Russia, India (ISRO), China and other spacefaring nations too, have these. Maybe in the 1960s when desktop computer displays were poor, these display walls had a purpose, do they still do? Having a backdrop of colourful, fast-changing charts and pictures do make captivating visuals in TV and news articles. But do the operators in the room see them and use the data for decision-making? These display walls are now being seen in many other places too, like in Police control rooms…

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    Lifestyle

    CBSE Class-12 board exams cancelled for 2021

    The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is a national level board of education in India for public and private schools, controlled and managed by Government of India. According to Wikipedia, there are over twenty-thousand schools in India and two-hundred schools in several countries outside India affiliated to the CBSE. The Class-12, or the senior secondary school leaving examination conducted by CBSE, and various states are the most important event in the life of students. It is the qualification for university education in the country, marks scored in this exam determine the college you get an admission to. There are 1.2 million students across India who are registered to sit…

  • Chennai,  Lounge,  Rostrum

    Tamil Nadu Assembly Elections 2021

    Zero wait time! For the last few weeks, the state of Tamil Nadu has been sizzling hot – in terms of the hot weather and the high decibel election campaigning by the two principal parties joined by three newer challengers. A few weeks back, here in this blog, I had quoted Mr Yuval Noah Harari from his book “21 Lessons for the 21st century” where he says “Referendums and elections are always about human feelings, not about human rationality… For better or worse, elections and referendums are not about what we think. They are about what we feel.” Today, April 6th 2021 was the election day. At 11:40 AM we…

  • Chennai,  Lounge

    Great experience of postal ballot for the elderly

    Want to share the great experience my mom (81-years old) had while casting her vote now at home for the upcoming Tamil Nadu Assembly Elections 2021. A team of five plus one comprising of a Returning Officer (A high-school headmistress I was informed), an Assistant Officer, a Lady Assistant, a Lady Police Constable, and a photographer (who was filming throughout) came in a vehicle to our house; they were accompanied by our area’s regular electoral staff. Throughout their stay of fewer than ten minutes, they were all courteous to a fault. Kudos to them and a big thanks for their service in upholding India’s democracy. They brought with them, the…