11 Jul 2007

Cory Doctorow, on BoingBoing and the EFF

Cory Doctorow is a popular science fiction author and co-editor of the high-profile blog, BoingBoing. His novels are given away for free on the Internet as Creative Commons-licensed downloads. They can be freely shared, and in some cases, remixed or translated and sold in developing countries. Perhaps surprisingly, this has led to good sales in the real world.

He is former Director of European Affairs for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a technology advocacy nonprofit that works to upload liberty in technology law, policy and standards.

He describes himself as “an activist, a writer, a blogger, a public speaker, and a technology person”.

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22 May 2007

Kiruba on Podcasting in India

Priya Shah of WATBlog called me up to do an interview on the current state of podcasting in India. I figured it may be a good idea to record the interview and also release it as a podcast.

Traditionally, this is the show where I interview CEOs of Indian IT companies with a focus on entrepreneurship, Internet and Mobile. However, this episode is going to be a bit different. Instead of the interviewer, I become the interviewee.

In this episode, we discuss the huge gap between the adoption of blogging and podcasting, the reasons why podcasting hasn’t taken off in India and about PodWorks, India’s biggest podcasting event that is taking place on June 9 & 10.

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23 Mar 2007

The Writers Block’s Helen Shukla on Technical Writing as a Profession

Helen Shukla is the founder-director of The Writers Block, a Bangalore-based company that focuses on technical documentation outsourcing and consulting.

In this interview, Helen talks about the state of technical documentation in India, what skills are required for the job and how her company aims in filling the demand for quality writers in India.


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15 Mar 2007

In Conversation J.Murali, Technology Columnist for The Hindu

J.Murali contributes the popular weekly column “NetSpeak” for The Hindu newspaper, where he covers the latest trends and services in the online world. The column has appeared continuously for seven years and is an important information source read for many IT professionals.

Despite his column’s popularity, many readers don’t know about Murali as a person. In this conversation, Murali talks about how he came to write his column, what he writes about and a little bit about his personal interests.

J.Murali is currently the head of the computing department at The Centre for Development Studies at Trivandrum, Kerala.

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16 Oct 2006

The Kiruba Show: Naavi on Cyber Laws in India

Did you know that Oct 17th is an important day? On this day six years ago, e-commerce in India was redefined. We talk about this as well as cyber laws when we hear from Na.Vijayashankar, popularly known as Naavi, an e-business consultant based in Chennai and an acknowledged expert in the field of Cyber Laws.

Naavi is the author of the first book on Cyber Laws in India titled “Cyber Laws for Every Netizen in India,” much appreciated for its simplicity and timely exposition of the provisions of the Information Technology Bill-99, the first piece of Cyber Legislation in India. He is also author of the first e-book on Cyber Laws in India: “Cyber Laws in India…ITA-2000 and Beyond.”

Naavi is also a visiting guest on the faculty of the School of Excellence, Dr. Ambedkar Law University, Chennai, in addition to his involvement in the training of Tamil Nadu Police in Cyber Crimes and assisting the Police in Cyber Evidence Collection and Management.

Naavi possesses nearly 30 years of experience in many aspects of business and a sound academic grounding. Since October 2000, he has been pursuing his own projects, including maintaining the Virtual Cyber Law College, and the Cyber Law information portal

Cyber Law College conducts online and correspondence courses in Cyber Law and is the only such dedicated institution in India at present. It is also in the process of developing off-line franchise centers.

Naavi is a member of several working groups of the Government of India involved in Information Technology-related matters. He is also a member of the Governing Council of Velammal College of Engineering and Computer Science.


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