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IT for Change

An India-based NGO working on information society theory and practice from the standpoint of equity, social justice and gender equality.


Maths made interactive at Domlur High School, Bengaluru


IT for Change at the UN WSIS+10 Review, 16 December 2015.


IT for Change announced a Call to occupy the Internet at the World Social Forum in Tunis in March 2015.



Teachers who are part of a Subject Teacher Forum (STF) workshop with their own laptop.


Women's collectives from a Mysuru village participating in a community video screening.


Information fair organised by IT for Change's field centre in Doddahejjuru village of Mysore district.


IT for Change workshop on Regulating the Internet in Public Interest in New Delhi, May 2015.


Open Letter: Just Net Coalition asks Sir Tim Berners-Lee to veto EME recommendation

The Just Net Coalition (JNC) has sent an open letter to Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the Web, voicing its objection to World Wide Web Consortium's (W3C) official recommendation of Encrypted Media Extensions (EME). The use of EME, developed by W3C, poses a risk to billions of people's security and privacy, and restricts their access to information. EME's allow publishers to use Digital Rights Management/Digital Restrictions Management (DRM), a dangerous code installed on users' device without their consent. This in turn gives publishers control over what end-users do with their content.

Developing Countries in the Emerging Global Digital Order

This article was developed as a background paper for a presentation to delegates from developing countries at the South Centre, Geneva, in February 2017. It presents the key geo-economic elements of the digital phenomenon; how data is the new raw material that is extracted from developing countries by a few, primarily US based, corporates from the Global North, which is then ‘manufactured’ into ‘digital intelligence’.

Negotiating the On-line: Annual Conference of the Majlis Legal Centre

The annual conference of the Majlis Legal Centre - Negotiating Spaces - chose to analyse the various facets, impacts and internal contradictions of on-line spaces, through a gender lens. Anita Gurumurthy and Nandini Chami represented IT for Change at the conference.

Comments on the Zero draft of the Agreed Conclusions of the 61st Session of the CSW on ‘Women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work’

IT for Change participated in the National Consultation for reviewing the Zero draft of the Agreed Conclusions of the 61st Session of the CSW, convened by Programme on Women's Economic Social and Cultural Rights (PWESCR) in February 2017. The submission highlights the need to work towards the larger agenda of building a gender-just digital economy. It argues that women's economic empowerment in the digital society is much more than access.


Telangana ICT student text book and teacher hand book

The Telangana Department of School Education (DSE) is keen to integrate technology into teaching and learning in sustained and meaningful ways. It believes that this requires development of good quality digital resources as Open Educational Resources (OER), teacher training on digital methods and processes to create and use OER as well as the development of a school curriculum, including a student ICT text book and teacher ICT hand book that focuses on building digital skills and competencies in students.

Development and IS

IT for Change's comments on the draft general comment on state obligations under the ICESCR in the context of business activities

IT for Change submitted comments on the draft general comment on state obligations under the ICESCR in the context of business activities. The submission asserted the need for an immediate and appropriate regulatory response to platform-companies, who have increasingly become key actors in every sector.

Voice or Chatter? Using Structuration Framework Towards a Theory of ICT mediated Citizen Engagement(2016-ongoing)

IT for Change is spearheading a multi-country research study on ICT mediated citizen engagement and its impact on governance structures and processes.

Round Table: Towards concerted action on democratic accountability in the digital age

IT for Change along with Centre for Internet and Society (CIS), Digital Empowerment Foundation, Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan and the National Campaign for People’s Right to Information (NCPRI) organized a workshop on "Democratic Accountability in the Digital Age", between November 14-15th 2016, in New Delhi.

Dhwanigalu - Learning Dialogues with Adolescent Girls at the Margins

With the support of the South Asia Women’s Fund, the Prakriye field centre of IT for Change has been working with 85 adolescent girls in rural Mysore to strengthen their agency, autonomy and leadership through a digitally enabled capacity-building programme, since 2016. This training module effectively combines traditional and technology-mediated learning methodologies such as digital story telling, photo-essays, role-plays, simulation exercises and debates to trigger learning dialogues at the grassroots.

In Media

The article critically examines US government's withdrawal from direct oversight over ICANN, and argues that the jurisdictional controls over ICANN that the US retains means that ICANN can hardly be said to have become independent of the US state.

This article examines the new concerns for privacy emerging in the age of data-based governance, using the UID/Aadhaar scheme in India as a case in point.

Voice or Chatter? Using Structuration Framework Towards a Theory of ICT mediated Citizen Engagement



Dhwanigalu - Learning Dialogues with Adolescent Girls at the Margins



Internet Shut-downs in India

Year by year the number of government sanctioned Internet shutdowns in India has drastically increased. As entitlements and conveniences are increasingly being delivered through the Internet, these shut downs have an immense impact on our daily lives. Visit to track incidents of Internet shutdowns across India.


Smriti Khera 07-02-2017, Bangalore Type of resource: Blog

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