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Safer internet: One ROAR at a time

Harassment is defined by Merriam Webster as an unpleasant and hostile situation for an uninvited and unwelcome verbal or physical conduct. Simply put, it is a type of behaviour that is persistently annoying. In this article, we’ll discuss the idea of verbal harassment online. We spend around 3.5 hours on our phones, daily. Owing to the pandemic, an average Indian spent 4.3 hours a day on smartphones after the first lockdown began in March 2020. 

The internet as a whole is a service provided to us, consumers. The very essence of being a consumer is the ‘power of participation’. Imagine if we the consumers stopped being bothered about purchasing things that we need, things we want and the things we’re convinced that we would need – thanks to marketing!

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Homeschooling in India: Unschooling Jagani Sisters

In 2018-19, my sisters Kashish & Tanishk had to join additional classes apart from their daily school, entering 9th & 8th standard. They joined these extra classes not because they wanted to, but because their friends were taking them to score better marks and grades in exams. My sisters were not happy about that. Their everyday routine involved school, classes, home-work and preparing for tests, etc., leaving very little time for doing things they truly wanted to do or learn. They hardly got any time to explore their personal interests. There was so much to learn & explore but they got tied among 7 subjects: half of which they were not interested to study and the other half was outdated and irrelevant. The world is changing much faster and the current education system’s content, format and teachings are growing less relevant to this age. We need to set a lifelong-education curriculum/system to our kids to become self-sufficient, employable and grow in all of their interests. Traditional schools are killing curiosity and are making kids less adaptable to change, making life difficult for these kids. We, parents, are also to blame for dodging a kid’s questions as silly.

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2 Stars for that for that pothole!

Do you even remember how many times you have seethed in rage over a huge portion of your street being ripped open for laying some wire or pipes only to be never closed again? Or when the public works lays a new road on top of the existing one repeatedly such that your front gate is now below the road level? Or when the storm water drains fail miserably during heavy rain? Or how about going to government office to get any work done?  Getting your pension or birth or community certificates, almost any government service under the sun has always been irritating in our country, irrespective of the party in power. You have to admit that even when your favorite political party is in power, these blood boiling irritations remain.

Now as a Product Manager, I have to think a lot about user experience, i.e such as ease of use, how quickly and efficiently the user’s objectives are accomplished. So we’ll have Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and objective metrics to track

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Fighting “fake news” pandemic

So, we have a Fake News problem across today. Below are a few ideas to combat the issue of Fake News:

1. Technology re-design:

While Facebook or Twitter or WhatsApp or Google cannot be entirely blamed for the Fake News problem, they can definitely help contain the impact and spread rate of these fake news by a few redesign: