Zero Rating in India – the Opportunity

The announcement by Bharti Airtel last April of the Airtel Zero platform ignited a huge debate around the concept of Net Neutrality. But some key questions remain unanswered. For example, will zero rating be sanctioned by government and industry regulators? And  what are the commercial opportunities for content providers, developers and marketers? Will zero rating get the green light?…

Does your government protect your human rights?

Freedom is defined as “the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint; absence of subjection to foreign domination or despotic government; or the state of not being imprisoned or enslaved.”

Worldwide human rights issues helped define 2014 in many ways, exemplified by the Nobel Peace Prize being shared by Malala Yousafzai, who, at just 17 years of age,

Quick poll: Have you been a refugee?

A “refugee” is defined as a person who has been forced to leave their country to escape war, persecution, or natural disaster. Some refugees are “asylum seekers,” or people who have left their home country as a political refugee and are seeking asylum in another.

The UNHCR, or United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, provides a safety net to refugees according to its mandate: “the protection of 33.9 million uprooted or stateless people.” It does this in several ways: “it ensures the basic human rights of uprooted or stateless people in their countries of asylum or habitual residence [to the] end that refugees will not be returned involuntarily to a country where they could face

Should Cricket Helmets be Worn at All Times?

With the tragic death of Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes from a freak bowling accident where the ball struck him at the base of the head, just below the helmet he was wearing, the international governing body, the ICC, started to investigate whether the helmets should be modified. As helmets are a choice and not required, unlike baseball, we asked our biNu users if they should be worn in all International cricket games.

Personal Banking in India and Nigeria

Access to personal banking not only helps to drive the economy of emerging markets, it encourages saving, and ultimately, can offer opportunities for personal credit.

In the quickly expanding economy of India, Prime Minister, Narendra Modi”s goal is to increase personal banking opportunities for citizens who don”t typically have that access, including rural farmers and urban poor. In a cash based society such as India”s, many individuals may not have the typical identification required by most major banks.

Bring Back Our Girls – Six Months On

On the night of April 14/15 of 2014, the terrorist group Boko Haram abducted over 200 girls, mostly aged 16 – 18, from a government school in Chibok, Nigeria. The Nigerian government has been criticized for not doing enough to protect the girls and bring them home. Six months on, the girls have not been returned. The incident attracted attention from the global community, inspiring the social media campaign #BBOG, or #BringBackOurGirls. Six months on, we reached out to our global research base to assess their knowledge of and feelings about the event. Our study was open from October 10th through October 16th.