International conference on 'Software in Public Sector with a focus on Public Education' (May 27-29, 2010, Kochi, Kerala)
Outputs of the Kochi Declaration on Public Software conference, jointly organised by the UNESCO/UN Solution Exchange ICTD unit and IT@School Project of the Government of Kerala in collaboration with IT for Change, can be read here.
Gender-IS-Citizenship workshop (July 27-30, 2010, Bengaluru, Karnataka)
IT for Change is the coordinator of the research network 'Gender and Citizenship in the Information Society'. The first meeting of this group was held in Bengaluru, gathering scholars and activists from Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Hong Kong, Philippines, Bangladesh and India. Read more about their IDRC-funded research here.
IT for Change's presence at the 4th Internet Governance Forum (September 14-17, 2010, Vilnius, Lithuania)
IT for Change partnered with the Association for Progressive Communications, Centre for Internet and Society, Global Partners and Internet Rights and Principles Dynamic Coalition to hold a pre-event on “Internet Governance and Human Rights : Strategies for Collaboration and Empowerment” on September 13. Among others, the event was attended by Frank La Rue, UN's Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression. The event sought to frame Internet Governance issues in rights frameworks – civil and political rights as well as economic, social and cultural rights, along with the right to development.
IT for Change partnered with Internet Governance Caucus and Consumers International to hold a workshop on 'Transnational (or trans-border) enforcement of a new information order - Issues of rights and democracy'. Using a democracy-focused and rights-based lens, the workshop looked at the new and emerging global governance issues and imperatives brought forth by the Internet phenomenon, addressing as well the consequently produced communication and information order. Find details about the workshop here.
Find detailed information about IT for Change's presence at the Internet Governance Forum in this note.
Training in Computer Aided Learning in Karnataka
Following the successful Kerala model of computer aided learning programmes in schools, many organisations, including IT for Change with the support of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) and R.V. College of Engineering (RVCE), trained approximately 150 teacher educators from government institutions as State Master Trainers on Computer Aided Education tools (Mathematics, English language and Geography). Read more.
Launching of the Teachers' Communities of Learning programme (Bengaluru, Karnataka)
The Teachers' Communities of Learning (TCOL) project was started in selected government schools. Around 40 teachers were present at the launching workshop organised by IT for Change, where the many uses of ICT in education were exposed, such as collaborative curriculum design and development, and network-building for teachers' professional development). Read more on ITfC's website and on the TCOL's web portal.
Workshop and intervention at IDRC event (May 5, 2010, Ottawa, Canada)
In May 2010, Anita Gurumurthy and Parminder Jeet Singh participated in a workshop on Open Development and provided critical perspectives on how Open Development, when posited as a new macro model of development, can be problematic. This critique was based on our paper 'Open but not Public - Membership in the Information Society as a Club Good', a draft of which is available here. Anita Gurumurthy was also a panelist for a IDRC-sponsored public event on 'The potential of open development for Canada and abroad'. Check the video and audio recording here.
IT for Change's lectures at the 5th Summer School on Philosophy for the Social Sciences and Humanities (July 9, 2010, Manipal University, Karnataka)
Anita Gurumurthy's lecture 'Fat-free ice cream, alcohol-free beer and feminism without women? - How to make sense of the gender discourse in information society?' brought a gender perspective to the analysis of information society. Parminder Jeet Singh talked about 'Political action in the brave new digital world', debating on appropriate political systems for the specific needs of an emerging information society.
CeTIT 2010: Citizen's Empowerment through Information Technology (July 27-28, 2010, Chennai, Tamil Nadu)
Gurumurthy K spoke about 'Public Software for Public Institutions - Rethinking e-Governance' at the second conference-cum-exhibition on e-Governance organised by the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), the Department of Information and Technology of the Government of Tamil Nadu, Electronics Corporation of Tamil Nadu Limited (ELCOT) and Tamil Nadu eGovernance Agency (TneGA). Read more.
National seminar on 'Education, State and Globalisation: Issues and Challenges' (March 5-6, 2010, University of Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh)
Gurumurthy K spoke on 'Globalisation and challenges to contemporary educational systems - Role of ICTs'. Click here to read the presentation.
OpenNet Initiative Global Summit: 'Should Cyberspace be Secured as an Open Commons?' (June 30, 2010, Ottawa, Canada)
Gurumurthy K participated in the summit as part of the panel on 'What is to be done? A conversation with the OpenNet Initiative's global partners'. The highlights of his submission can be found here.
United Nations Solution Exchange's Knowledge building workshop (June 19, 2010, United Theological College, Bengaluru, Karnataka)
The workshop, organised by the Karnataka community of the United National Solution Exchange, focused on the sharing of knowledge, experiences and perspectives among the Community of Practitioners to foster greater synergy and congruence. Gurumurthy K spoke about the necessity to support the 'free and open sharing' of knowledge to meet the goals of development. Read more.
Regional Internet Governance Forum (June 17-18, 2010, Hong Kong, China)
Parminder Jeet Singh attended the Regional Internet Governance Forum where, as a panelist for the session on 'Role of civil society in Internet Governance', he spoke about the nature of the new policy field of Internet Governance as a unique one in many ways. He further commented on the role of civil society as increasing the participation of marginalised sections in this important policy area. The transcript of the session can be accessed here.