Our research and practice informs our advocacy with governments institutions and civil society. We critique dominant technology models that privatize education through outsourcing, or centralize control with education bureaucracies and technology vendors, and through our work, showcase the necessity of and possibilities for making empowering choices of technology in education.
Gender and Citizenship in the Information Society/ CITIGEN-Asia (2010-12) was a path-breaking multi-country research study in the Asia-Pacific that used the lens of gendered citizenship to analyse the shifts in gender power relations in the emerging information society context. It was supported by the International Development Research Centre (Canada).
IT for Change provides mentoring and support for community development organisations in adopting new digital methodologies in their development communication efforts.
IT for Change has engaged in policy advocacy and dialogue on leveraging community networks for pro-poor public access models.
IT for Change’s documentation of telecentre models examines the principles and policies for community-based sustainability.
Through research and advocacy, IT for Change has argued for democratic global Internet governance architectures that can further a socially just and gender equitable digitalised social order. Essentially, this means challenging the status quoist Internet governance model that perpetuates Northern hegemony.
In 2016, IT for Change’s field centre, Prakriye, initiated an ICT-enabled training programme for strengthening adolescent girls’ agency, empowerment and leadership potential. This programme is supported by the South Asia Women’s Fund.
Digital Democracy in India is IT for Change’s ongoing attempt to examine the emerging governance paradigm in the country, characterized by the rise of ‘governance by networks’ and ‘rule by data’, from the standpoint of inclusive citizenship. We are primarily concerned with research and policy dialogue which protects the interests of citizens at the margins in the transition to digitalised service delivery and public decision making.
Existing digital commerce and data regimes are unfairly tipped in favour of Internet corporations based in the global North. These corporations are now in a race to control core sectors across the globe – and they use trade forums to reinforce their control. IT for Change is engaged in research and advocacy to highlight the key issues/challenges that developing country governments and rights-activists must tackle head-on, for digital trade justice.
IT for Change has engaged in policy research and advocacy for building an e-governance model that promotes transparency and accountability, and inclusive decision making. We have closely examined all three components of e-government – e-service delivery, e-participation and connectivity architectures.
Since the mid 2000s, IT for Change has been exploring what it takes to build effective legal, policy and social interventions that address technology-mediated gender-based violence. Currently, IT for Change is spearheading a South Asia project that seeks to trigger national-level policy dialogues on balancing the right to free speech online with women’s right to freedom from technology-mediated violence, in India and Bangladesh.
The Centre for Education and Technology works with schools and public education systems on developing Education Leadership and Management capacities at individual and institutional levels, by integrating digital technologies for strengthening academic and administrative processes.
The analysis of the techo-politics around the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, the multistakeholder body with key decision-making powers about the technical architecture of the Internet has been a key area or our work. Specifically, we have followed contestations around domain name allocation processes and jurisdictional control over ICANN.
IT for Change tracked the debates on International Telecom Regulations at the International Telecommunication Union’s World Conference on International Communications (WCIT) in April 2012, and was also a civil society participant of the Indian delegation at the ITU Plenipotentiary meeting in Busan, South Korea.
IT for Change has contributed to meetings convened by the UN Commission on Science, Technology and Development as part of WSIS review processes, and has also been involved in the UN CSTD’s Working Group on Improvements to the Internet Governance Forum (WGIIGF).
The Working Group on Enhanced Cooperation of the UN CSTD deliberates upon how to develop required global Internet-related public policies, and the corresponding institutional frameworks. IT for Change is one of the five civil society members of this Working Group.