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Linguistic inclusion on the internet

Linguistic inclusion on the internet

By AlokeThakore

Not a single one of the Eighth Schedule Indian languages is used by more...

Net neutrality: Superhighway to digital inclusion

Net neutrality: Superhighway to digital inclusion

By Ashoak Upadhyay

If users have to pay for the services available via the internet unde...

Ambivalent internet: Freedoms and fears

Ambivalent internet: Freedoms and fears

By Shivani Gupta

The internet is not a gender-neutral space. Women from patriarchal backg...

Digital inequality in the Global South

Digital inequality in the Global South

By TT Sreekumar

Studies which focus on information and communication technologies (ICTs)...

Caste concerns in landmark e-governance projects

Caste concerns in landmark e-governance projects

By Rahul De’

Many e-governance programmes in developing countries reach into the furthes...

From street-side stem cell clinics promising the wheelchair-confined that they will walk to corporate cord blood banks that offer to store your baby’s umbilical cord blood, an unethical and unregulated industry in stem cell procedures is feeding off the desperation of Indian patients. A comprehensive regulatory structure is urgently needed, writes Sandhya Srinivasan

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Following the arrest of the president of the Medical Council of India for accepting a bribe to recognise a substandard medical college, Sandhya Srinivasan points out that when money can buy medical seats, college accreditation, and degrees, we’re talking about multiple investments that must earn their returns. Those returns are being earned at the expense of consumers and patients

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By Sandhya Srinivasan

If a draft protocol on access and benefit-sharing of genetic resources is adopted in Japan in October, there will finally be an international law to prevent corporations from commandeering biological resources and traditional knowledge for their own profit, without sharing it with the community that holds the knowledge

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By Sandhya Srinivasan

Thirty thousand girl-children from poor and marginalised communities have been involved in an unethical vaccine study against the HPV virus that causes cervical cancer. Why did the Gujarat and Andhra governments sanction this study? And what is the necessity for this vaccine costing Rs 9,000 when even screening tests for cervical cancer are not widespread in India despite costing between Rs 4-250?

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By Sandhya Srinivasan

Does a pharmaceutical MNC sponsor research on the risk factors for breast cancer because it is altruistic, or because it markets a drug for this particular problem that costs a patient Rs 90,000 per month? Sandhya Srinivasan starts a new column on the impact of healthcare markets on you, the consumer/patient

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