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About gkjohn

Recovering lawyer, erstwhile entrepreneur, pretend polymath, hopeful zookeeper and future dilettante and farmer of organic strawberries. Work at @aksharadotorg and @klpdotorg. Previously at @prathambooks. Was a @tedfellow.

Thoughts on Net Neutrality and Zero Rating

I am in favour of net neutrality and not in favour of zero rating, whether paid or unpaid. Further, I support the deregulation of the telecom sector so that competition between telecom companies is a viable check on their commercial … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Copyright Law and the Internet

For the most part, copyright has always been about a balance between the rights of creators and the general public. Prior to the advent of digital networks, it was comparatively easier to restrict rights of reproduction and distribution because the … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Crowdsourced Content

As the millennium was drawing to a close, Richard Stallman wrote a blogpost where he described what he called a “universal encyclopaedia.” He said that the “… World Wide Web has the potential to develop into a universal encyclopedia covering … Continue reading

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Thoughts and Evidence on “Open” Publishing

I joined Pratham Books in September 2007 for a six-month internship and it was soon obvious that I’d be there much longer. Their mission of “A Book in Every Child’s Hand”, the people and the organisation were fantastic and I … Continue reading

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Thoughts on the Future of an Organization

This was written specifically with Pratham Books in mind but maybe you’ll find something of interest here. ???A good hockey player plays where the puck is. A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be.??? ~ Wayne Gretzky Since 2004, Prath… Continue reading

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Thoughts on Section 66A of the Information Technology Act, 2000

(A short piece I wrote for the Mid Day) In February 2009, a few months after the close of the 2008 winter session of parliament, Pranesh Prakash from the Centre for Internet and Society in Bangalore wrote that ???Section 66A [of the IT Amendment Act… Continue reading

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Thoughts on the Freedom to Read

(Written as part of Nilanjana Roy’s series on Banned Books Week) It isn???t always necessary to ban a book to ensure it isn???t read. With six in ten children unable to read grade 2 texts and half of all children in public schools graduating without b… Continue reading

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