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Where are the women in Digital India? Highlights from a Panel Discussion

Smriti Khera
07-02-2017, Bangalore
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Social Justice in an Internet-mediated World

(For a complete set of all podcasts from the course, please click here )

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The institution of Internet Governance Forums and the evolution of democracy

The UN Internet Governance Forum (IGF) has spawned similar initiatives in many countries and regions. However there has been concerns whether some of them merely legitimate corporate lobbying, making it more respectable and institutionalised now. In this context, it is important that IGF like institutions are carefully nurtured, from within the values and percepts of democracy, and not as something that subverts democracy.

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When corporate gets into leading public interest campaign - The case of Google versus the ITU


Dear Google; Yes, the world indeed needs an open Internet, for which reason it is rather awful to note that you, meaning, Google;

1) Sold the entire net neutrality campaign down the drain in the US, by first assuming its leadership and then entering into a self-serving agreement with Verizon, whereby the main means of accessing the Internet in the future - mobiles - are exempted from net neutrality provisions.

IT for Change's initial position paper on the current ITRs draft

We see four sets of issues that are most important in terms of the forthcoming ITU meeting, World Conference on International Telecommunication (WCIT), which will revisit the International Telecommunication Regulations. These are as follows:

1. State control over Internet routing system

Civic agencies need to deal proactively with RTI

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Research Validation Meeting Report (February 2012) of the 'Gender and Citizenship in the Information Society' Research Network

The Gender and Citizenship in the Information Society (CITIGEN) research programme, launched in 2010, aimed to explore the notion of marginalised women's citizenship as a normative project or an aspiration for equitable social membership contained in the promise of an emerging techno-social order. Six research partners from Sri Lanka, Philippines, China, Hong Kong / Taiwan, India and Bangladesh studied various aspects of the terrain.

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Reflections from the Subject Teacher Forum

I was travelling from Chitradurga to Davengere, while at the same time, my colleagues Krittika, Ranjani, Rakesh and Guru were covering Koppala, Yadgir, Dharwar, Mysore, Bidar, Belgaum and Gulbarga. As I later rushed to Tumkur, I was also monitoring news from Uttara Kannada, Dakshina Kannada and Kodagu. I began to feel like I was in a press room reporting 'Breaking News', with Shariff anchoring the programme in Bengaluru. But, this is not breaking news.

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Internet Access as a Right – a Response to an Article in New York Times

This is a response to Vinton G. Cerf's article on 'Internet Access is Not a Human Right'

Two (very different) kinds of people have opposed terming access to the Internet as a human right. One category is of technology/ Internet-enthusiasts who otherwise argue so much about how the Internet has fundamentally transformed the world and so on. The other kind are among those who work with issues of development and poverty and find it a bit far-fetched to speak of the Internet as a right given the present socio-economic scenario they witness around them. It is very important to see that the 'objections' of these two groups are of a very different nature.

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Some Reflections on our Strategic Directions

To take recourse to the comfort of clichés, it can be easily said that we live in extremely interesting times. If there is one thing here that the spot light must not miss, it is how the sweeping winds of technological change have brought with them the expanding 'oligarchic nucleus' of democracy, the control of politics and governance by the elite, and in particular, corporate capital. The Human Rights Law Foundation (HRLF) has filed a suit against Cisco in a United States (US) Federal District Court accusing the company of helping the Chinese government to censor the Internet and keep tabs on dissidents, including members of the banned religious group, Falun Gong. At one point, Falun Gong adherents were estimated to be at over 70 million, exceeding the total membership of the Chinese Communist Party (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Falun_Gong) .

Contemporary oligarchic power structures of political control seem to bear close resemblance to pre- democratic times, but the resemblance stops there. Political configurations that define our existence in the techno-social reality are post-democratic in that they erode the centrality and dismiss the relevance of the 'public' – a notion that represents the discourses, struggles and contested space of democracy; and in doing so, they are ingenuously sophisticated.

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