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This book is a critical study of the political economy of communications in India. It explores the ways in which contexts, policies, and processes at national and international levels shape media structures and studies how a political economy-inspired approach can be used to understand both media dominance and resistance.
The author explores aspects of colonial political economy and how it has shaped the structure of media in India and in many other countries. It also discusses liberalization, privatization, and media politics in contemporary India. Divided into three sections—structures, means, and resistance—the chapters focus on both the electronic and the print media.
The book would interest students and researchers of Indian media history, international communication, media and politics, sociology, and political economy.
Chapter 7: The Informationalisation of Life Processes: Biotechnology, IT and Life as Code
The Informationalisation of Life Processes: Biotechnology, IT and Life as Code
As the digital becomes a common language in India across multiple sectors and reflected in genetic databanks, biotechnology-related and other applications, there is need for critical insights into some of these applications and in particular its consequences for human life. Biometric data, for instance, is already being used for surveillance purposes and insurance companies routinely use cross-referenced data to screen individual applicants for life and health cover. India's first DNA databank, a joint concern between the Lucknow-based IQRA Biotech Services and the Central and UP state government, raises not only significant concerns related to ‘privacy’ but also to whether it will be used in ...