The Stoned Age: The expanding landscape of drug abuse in India

(Illustration: Saurabh Singh) Proximity to the Golden Crescent and the Golden Triangle compounds the problem of illicit drugs in India where the super-rich and the poor alike have easier access to narcotic and psychotropic drugs that suit their purse. The rise of the Taliban who control 90 per cent of the world’s opium production and … Continue reading The Stoned Age: The expanding landscape of drug abuse in India

Zoom is Bending Over Backwards to Meet Security Targets, But Winning Back User Trust is Easier Said Than Done

Zoom is my lifeline now,” says Navi Mumbai-based yoga coach Pooja Cariappa narrating the story of her adaptation to the world of social distancing and lockdown thanks to the Covid-19 outbreak. She’s not alone. The video-conferencing platform she recently adopted has grown globally to 300 million users from 10 million in the first 12 weeks … Continue reading Zoom is Bending Over Backwards to Meet Security Targets, But Winning Back User Trust is Easier Said Than Done

‘Pulwama Attack and India’s Response Not Indefinite Substitute for All Other Issues Voters Care About’

Gilles Verniers, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Ashoka University and co-director at its Trivedi Centre for Political Data, spoke to Open's Executive Editor Ullekh NP on dominant ideas in India's 2019 election campaign. How attractive do you think is national security as a slogan (like corruption, dictatorial tendencies, etc) in an Indian election? National … Continue reading ‘Pulwama Attack and India’s Response Not Indefinite Substitute for All Other Issues Voters Care About’

“All Aadhaar-enabled Services Are Prone to Cyber Attacks”

SANDEEP SHUKLA IS the Poonam and Prabhu Goel Chair Professor at IIT Kanpur. Along with his colleague Professor Manindra Agrawal, he set up the interdisciplinary Centre for Cybersecurity and Cyber Defence of Critical Infrastructure at the institute, which is shortly expected to launch India’s first industrial-scale cyber security test bed for power and manufacturing equipment. … Continue reading “All Aadhaar-enabled Services Are Prone to Cyber Attacks”