Discussion on Internet.org and Digital India

The Public Invitation

Dear Friends,

Free Software Foundation Tamil Nadu and Catalyst Study circle are happy to welcome you to a discussion titled:

Will the real internet please stand up: on internet.org and Digital India

A few weeks ago, we saw thousands of people on Facebook change their profile pictures to resemble the Indian flag as part of the social media giant's initiative to support Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Digital India project.

This phase also saw a lot of criticism of Facebook, especially with reference to its internet.org (now renamed as Free Basics), on the issue of net neutrality and issues such as privacy and data storage. Only a few months ago, internet.org had again been the subject of a controversy during the debate on net neutrality in India.

In this discussion, we not only look at net neutrality and Facebook's initiative but also, the larger context of the Digital India project and the role companies such as Facebook have to play in the project

Speaker: Mr.Srinivasan Ramani,
Deputy Editor, The Hindu, (he visited Facebook recently and interviewed Mark Zuckerberg)

Date: October 11th 2015

Time: 2.00 PM - 5.00 PM

Venue: Asian College of Journalism,
2nd Main Road, Behind M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation, Tharamani, CIT Campus, Taramani, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600113. Contact: 044-43504670, 9962943247

Map: https://www.openstreetmap.org/node/3615415200#map=16/12.9958/80.2474

Event Posters: https://www.flickr.com/photos/133959926@N05/albums/72157659851514738

Event Planning: http://plan.fsftn.org/b/CFgZgzW8KstgxouGp/internet-dot-org-discussion

Audio Recording: https://soundcloud.com/fsftn/will-the-real-internet-please-stand-up