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Now, is Information Neutral?

April 1st, 2007

Is information neutral?

At Bar Camp Bangalore3, people were talking of how information needs to be made available to public. One such form of information that will be made available is lists of registered voters. Now, I have problem with this information about registered voters being made public. In the case of the Sikh riots in Delhi, during the 1992-1993 Bombay riots and also during the Gujarat violence, the rioters made use of electoral rolls to target people. If information about registered voters is made public, online, isn’t there a danger that this information can be misused in ways that may have been unimaginable?

Then, is information neutral?


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