India Flips COVID Contact Tracing App into WEF-Style ‘Sophisticated Surveillance System’.

Indian officials are repurposing a controversial COVID-19 contract-tracing app to be used as a key component of the country’s healthcare infrastructure. The app, Aarogya Setu, was developed in 2020 by the the country’s Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology and was initially advertisrd as a “temporary solution to a temporary problem.” The government, however, now plans to broaden usage of the app, with a senior official announcing Aarogya Setu will become the country’s sole healthcare app. Citizens can use the app to book appointments amongst other features. The decision follows Aarogya Setu’s rollout being met with significant controversy over the app’s potential threat

A Google-Funded ‘Fact Check’ Team is a Handful of Indians With No Experience in Journalism in a Small Town Near Bangladesh.

Last week Instagram notified me that a viral post I had published was “fact checked” by a group called ‘The Healthy Indian Project’. My mother is from Bombay, and I did lose 40lbs last year, but I didn’t think they had created an entire unit just for me. So, I decided to find out who this group is. My findings are bemusing. The Healthy Indian Project (‘THIP’) appears to have started as a fitness and lifestyle site in 2018. Its CEO – Sudipta Sengupta – is a life-long marketing consultant from a small city (Gurgaon, Haryana) in India. The group is a

India Bans Dozens Of Chinese Communist Party-Linked Apps

India has banned dozens of apps with ties to the Chinese Communist Party. Among the 43 apps included in the ban are several from Alibaba, such as shopping platform AliExpress, workplace messaging tool DingTalk, and streaming site Taobao Live. “This action was taken based on the inputs regarding these apps for engaging in activities which are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defense of India, security of state and public order,” India’s Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology said in a statement. The move follows Indian banning TikTok and WeChat in June of 2020, and brings the total of

China Uses Microwave Weapons In Border Dispute

China’s People Liberation Army reportedly used microwave weapons against Indian forces in a months-long border standoff between the two countries in the Himalayas. According to The Times, a Beijing-based professor claimed China’s military had deployed microwave weapons to force Indian forces to retreat from “two strategic hilltops” in the Ladakh region. The comments come from Jin Canrong, a professor of international relations at Renmin University in Beijing. Jin explained that the use of microwave weapons enabled China’s People’s Liberation Army to seize the contested territory without violating its agreement with India that bans use of firearms. “We didn’t publicise it because

India Considers Banning Nearly 300 More Chinese Communist-Linked Apps

India is considering placing a ban on 275 additional Chinese apps, citing concerns about national security and user privacy. This follows the country banning 59 apps, including Tik Tok, last month. India has drawn up a list of 275 Chinese apps that it will examine for any violation of national security and user privacy, signalling heightened scrutiny and the possibility of more Chinese internet companies being banned in the country, according to people aware of the developments. This follows the high-profile ban of 59 Chinese apps last month, including short video app TikTok, amid simmering geopolitical tensions between the two