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- Congress backs Priyanka Gandhi as she hits out at opposition for 'targeting Robert Vadra without proof'
- CJI bars advocate's entry in SC for 6 months for sexual harrassment
- April 22 Campaign roundup: Modi hurls a 'khooni panja' at Cong, says its responsible for 1100 lives in Telangana
- IPL 7: It's that man Glenn Maxwell again
The story of the missing files shows government processes haven't stepped up to the information age.
The information age is at least two decades old but it is still news to many governments. The political effects of this cognitive failure are proving to be intense. In India's Parliament, the opposition is feeding live coals of fire to the government for conveniently losing 200 files pertaining to the coal scam. India is a leader in e-governance but clearly, government files are not backed up. Meanwhile, in London, The Guardian's were visited by government "security experts" who oversaw the physical destruction of hard disks containing data leaked by Edward Snowden. Apparently, these "experts" have not heard of backups either. In addition, Guardian columnist Glenn Greenwald's partner was detained while passing through Heathrow in a P.C. Goon-style attempt to shake him down for some more stolen data.
One of the defining characteristics of data is that it is infinitely and exactly replicable, so it can be safely assumed that the Snowden files exist on dozens of computers and storage devices. Smashing or confiscating two or three would make no difference. So the government attention that The Guardian attracted can be read either as stupidity or as intimidation of the media. Britons want to know if their politicians were involved. Across the Atlantic, rights groups are asking if US officials were involved.
- Rohit Shekhar biological son of N D Tiwari: HC
- Shazia Ilmi courts controversy, says Muslims should become 'communal' when they vote
- Alliance led by Sena, BJP will win 35 seats in Maharashtra, says Munde
- Black money: SC raps govt for not sharing info from Germany
- Delhi confidential: Power play
- Advisory unchanged, India to continue screening Haj pilgrims