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Google terms Indian Railway’s WiFi as “the Biggest and Fastest public WiFi in the World”

115 railway stations have free WiFi which has benefited 15 lakh people

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New Delhi, Mar 10, 2017: 400 railway stations will be provided with free WiFi in the first phase, out of which 115 stations already have free WiFi, which has benefited 15 lakh people in the month of February, said Suresh Prabhu, Railway Minister during the question hour.

These 400 stations were chosen on the criteria of volumes received at these stations. The Railways also intends to extend this service to running trains later, mentioned PTI.

RailTel Corporation, a subsidiary of the Railways has been entrusted with the execution of the WiFi service in all the 400 stations, without any fund allocation by the government.

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The use of WiFi at stations is being regulated by guidelines issued by the Department of Telecom. No website banned by DoT can be accessed and as of yet no case of violation of these guidelines has been reported.

Google- the provider of this service has termed it as, “the biggest and fastest public WiFi in the world”.

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The House committee had also questioned YouTube, Twitter and Facebook executives at separate hearings on bias in big tech

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“Right now, if you Google the word ‘idiot’ under images, a picture of Donald Trump comes up. I just did that,” the California Democrat told Pichai during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Tuesday here.

“How would that happen? How does search work so that would occur?” Lofgren asked Pichai, according to the Washington Post.

The Google CEO — who was at the hearing to address allegations of political bias in his company’s widely used search engine — said the results were based on billions of keywords ranked according to over 200 factors such as relevance, popularity, how others were using the search term, to determine how to best match a query with results.

“So it’s not some little man sitting behind the curtain figuring out what we’re going to show the user?” Lofgren asked. “It’s basically a compilation of what users are generating.”

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In August, Trump said in a tweet that a Google search for “Trump News” showed only reports from “Fake News Media.” He concluded it was “rigged” against him so “almost all stories and news was bad.”

House Republicans said they wanted to hold the hearing — entitled “Transparency & Accountability: Examining Google and its Data Collection, Use and Filtering Practices” — to make sure the search giant was being impartial.

“Americans put their trust in big tech companies to honour freedom of speech and champion open dialogue,” Republican House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte of Virginia said in a statement before the hearing.

The House committee had also questioned YouTube, Twitter and Facebook executives at separate hearings on bias in big tech.

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In response to Republicans who complained about Google searches, Democratic Representative Ted Lieu said: “If you want positive search results, do positive things. If you don’t want negative search results, don’t do negative things.”

“And to some of my colleagues across the aisle, if you’re getting bad press articles and bad search results, don’t blame Google or Facebook or Twitter, consider blaming yourself.” (IANS)