HOLY REALISATIONS

Religion as we used to know has ceased to exist. Today, temples have gained enough power to influence key economic decisions in our country. The rise of the temple economy has thrown a dark shadow over the rest of our economy- why and how has this happened? And what are the consequences of this intermingling?

Understanding Chinese surveillance: Comparing Realist and Constructivist Perspectives

What do China’s domestic efforts in mass surveillance and use of data-dependent technologies like Artificial Intelligence (AI) mean for the world? And what role have social and political developments played in the development of the Chinese surveillance state? This essay will evaluate China’s surveillance system, the Chinese government’s pursuit of AI supremacy and its impact on the world through two major theoretical paradigms: Realism and Constructivism.

The Curious Case of the Indefinite Chinese Loans

The World owes China around 1.5 trillion dollars, and some speculate— it will not be able to pay it back. The interesting bit is that China probably knew that before it granted these debts, and did so with ulterior motives. The controversy doesn’t end here since there is another side which vehemently argues against this, and that too with good reason. It is unknown when this debate will find its truth, but one thing we know for certain is that the Red Dragon is blatantly untruthful about it’s international lending— and that has consequences for the whole world. Transport yourself from Sri Lanka to Africa while you uncover answers to all of these mind-boggling questions!

Decoding The Hits and Misses of the 4 Indian Labour Codes

On 22nd September, the Rajya Sabha passed three labour codes— The Industrial Relations Code 2020, The Code on Social Security 2020, The Occupational Safety, Health, and Working Conditions (OSH) Code 2020. When combined with the fourth code, i.e, the Code on Wages 2019, the four labour codes are an amalgamation of 44 Central Labour Laws/Acts. With an objective to simplify and modernize labour regulations, the proposed changes come at a time when the country is grappling with a conundrum between choosing worker’s welfare and ease of doing business, both of which have taken a serious hit during COVID-19. Through the course of this article, the authors attempt to decode the simplifications proposed across the 4 codes, their impacts on the economy, and lastly, place anticipated outcomes of the bill as the nation tries to recover.

Arcane Algorithms

This article talks about the use of algorithms by social media platforms and the ways in which they, oftentimes without the user’s knowledge, collect personally identifiable data to generate specific content for them. The article also touches upon the impact of the same on children and adolescents and the future of behavioural science to mitigate these risks.

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