The side effect of widespread Internet and smartphone access has been that everyone who has an opinion can now express it. However, this has often led to more trouble than it is worth, with social platforms like Facebook and Twitter becoming battlegrounds and spewing out thousands of related but hard to track threads on every new issue.
“Right to freedom” and “Right against exploitation” two of the six Indian constitutional rights almost give way to “Right to freedom of speech against exploitation”. But what happens to all the statuses you have put in favour of or against any social statement?
डगईआइंएम लखनऊ में पढाई के समय में ही अक्षत जैन को देश-विदेश के मुददों पर बात करने और अपनी राय देने की जरूरत महसूस होती थी । इसमें मुश्किल आती थी कि किम प्लेटफार्म पर यह अपनी बात कहै? जरूरत महसुस हुई तो एक ऐसा डिजिटल प्लेटफार्म बनाने
With Swipe, you can voice your opinion on topical and social issues, impacting your city and the country at large. This is done by casting a 'vote'. The results yielded by these 'yes' and 'no' votes will be later shared with NGOs — Child Rights and You (CRY) , Bangalore Political Action Committee and Amnesty International India — to take action. These numbers, the duo feels, can offer a better perspective on an issue to policy makers.
One will often find the common man grumbling about several issues. Social platforms, where people express subjective opinions, too play a role in only reigniting or refuelling the issue, making the situation worse. So when the debate on intolerance started doing the rounds last year, Akshat Jain and Anuj Goel felt that technology could help in providing a solution to these issues, wherein objective opinion would be taken into account to help bring about change. And they came up with 'Swipe', a social interface, platform and app, that uses qualitative data to enable one to voice out their opinion over pertinent issues in society.
When celebrities like Amitabh Bachchan or Sachin Tendulkar tweet, their voices are heard across the globe. However, this is not the case with the common man, who sinks his teeth into daily rigorous challenges of life, and yet his opinion on regular issues remains unheard!.
When a politician makes a fauxpas, or an injustice goes unpunished; when feminism is derided, or colourism hailed - we, as a generation born in the hyper-connected age, derive validation for the opinions we form only through conversation. While social media has not only satiated but also surfeited that need more often than not, you are surrounded by an army of yes-men in your little corner of the internet, and hardly get a fair lowdown of an ongoing conversion.