Lateral Entry in Civil Services
The Narendra Modi government is all set to expand the lateral entry of experts into the civil services. A report said that officials of the Department of Personnel & Training have been asked to prepare a proposal for inducting 400 domain experts to fill Deputy Secretary and Director posts. NewsClick editor-in-chief Prabir Purkayastha discusses the issue with former IAS Kamal Jaiswal.
Facebook's role in Brexit
In an unmissable talk, journalist Carole Cadwalladr digs into one of the most perplexing events in recent times: the UK's super-close 2016 vote to leave the European Union. Tracking the result to a barrage of misleading Facebook ads targeted at vulnerable Brexit swing voters -- and linking the same players and tactics to the 2016 US presidential election -- Cadwalladr calls out the "gods of Silicon Valley" for being on the wrong side of history and asks: Are free and fair elections a thing of the past?
The "Living Will"Debate
Doordarshan and Lok Sabha TV ran full-fledged programmes on "Living Will" in which the Common Cause view was discussed at length in English and Hindi. It is hoped that some newspapers will run full-page stories in the coming weeks and more channels will feature the issue in its correct perspective.
Will Potter: The secret US prisons, Discussions-new Consumer Protection Bill.
Investigative journalist Will Potter is the only reporter who has been inside a Communications Management Unit, or CMU, within a US prison. These units were opened secretly, and radically alter how prisoners are treated — even preventing them from hugging their children. Potter, a TED Fellow, shows us who is imprisoned here, and how the government is trying to keep them hidden. "The message was clear," he says. "Don’t talk about this place." Find sources for this talk at willpotter.com/cmu
We need to talk about an injustice
In this engaging TED talk human rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson shares some hard truths about America's justice system, starting with a massive imbalance along racial lines: a third of the country's black male population has been incarcerated at some point in their lives.
The dangers of a single story
Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice — and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.
Why is India so filthy?-The Ugly Indian
The Ugly Indian is an anonymous collective that does not talk to media, wants no publicity and works with the motto - Only Work No Talk. However, they made an exception for TEDxBangalore so that they could open up the question of why we as Indians are okay with filthy public spaces? The tragedy of the commons - can we change it to the victory of the commons?