Topic: role of media and social networking sites in internal security challenges, basics of cyber security
7. The Internet has empowered society, but also created a new threat of disinformation against women. Do you agree? Comment. (250 words)
Reference: The Hindu
Why the question:
The article tries to understand and bring out misinformation against women.
Key Demand of the question:
One is expected to present a detailed analysis as to how a healthy democracy like India should empower and protect the entire society.
Comment– here we have to express our knowledge and understanding of the issue and form an overall opinion thereupon.
Structure of the answer:
Start with recent incidences of misinformation with respect to gender.
Sexism and online harassment prevent women from taking vocal stands and hinder progress. Men are at the centre of this disinformation. Men manufacture such false news and also fall for it.
They also indulge in disinformation to keep propaganda, including political propaganda alive. Such misinformation has been empowered by the arrival of the internet.
Discuss the major issues with some examples.
Suggest what needs to be done.
Conclude with the need to promote a more democratic society, because a healthy democracy is participatory and promotes gender inclusiveness.