Omar scheduled to address key session on Kashmir in US

BK News Desk/Srinagar
April 18, 2018 TOP STORIES 102 Views

Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah is scheduled to address a session on Kashmir in University of Washington Berkeley in the US on Tuesday.
Taking to micro blogging website, Twitter to express his excitement for the important session, Omar wrote: “I’m on my way to @UCBerkeley & greatly looking forward to all my interactions there”.
The session titled “The path forward in Kashmir” is expected to brainstorm on Kashmir imbroglio.
Meanwhile, reacting to reports that the government has asserted that the proposed electronic chip in set-top boxes don’t tantamount to surveillance, former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah said that ‘any information the government collects about me, my habits, my choices, my conversations without my express consent is tantamount to surveillance’.
The denial from the government comes in the backdrop of a letter reportedly written by Information and Broadcasting Ministry to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) in March, proposing electronic chips to be fitted in set-top boxes that can accurately monitor viewership data, which can then give the ministry a realistic picture of the viewership data and popularity of each channel.
However, taking to micro-blogging site twitter Omar said, “The only way this is not surveillance is if I have the option to buy a set top box without the chip that monitors my viewing preferences. Then I get to choose to share/not share data.”
“How does one explain to them that any information the Govt collects about me, my habits, my choices, my conversations without my express consent IS tantamount to surveillance?” he added.

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