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Reflections on the Digital Rights Workshop

Tanuka Mukherjee
December
2015
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Pushing back the surveillance machine

The state has always held information about citizens. The power of the state to track its citizens, and its disciplining and discourses of obedience, are well understood historically. What Snowden did was reveal the panspectronism that marks state power today – a shift from the panopticon gaze under which some were surveyed to an always-everywhere-everybody surveillance.

Opening up the Debate

The much anticipated conversation on Net Neutrality has finally gained momentum and it is indeed the time to celebrate as India's vibrant public sphere has done it again with over 3 lakh people sending out petitions and recommendations to TRAI. However, the debate now runs the danger of becoming an insular dialogue between the community of Internet users and Airtel.

Why are we not asking these questions of Internet.org?

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ITfC at the World Social Forum

IT for Change attended the Forum Social Mondial 2015, in Tunis, Tunisia, primarily to co-organise a workshop on 'Organising an Internet Social Forum - A call to occupy the Internet' as an active member of the Just Net Coalition, a coalition championing a Just and equal Internet. This was immediately after the terrorist attacks that took place in Tunis on the 18th of March, so security was ubiquitous.

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Knowledge Management and Knowledge Networking Workshop (December 2010, Bengaluru)

 

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Implications of a Government-NGO Partnership

In January 2011, I made a field trip to Delhi to study the Mission Convergence programme (Samajik Suvidha Sangam) of the Government of Delhi. The objective of this programme is to 'provide welfare services in an integrated manner to under-privileged citizens in an efficient, transparent, convenient, friendly and cost effective manner; to implement the action plan for welfare schemes in collaboration with community based organisations (CBOs) [...] and to promote the empowerment of women' (Mission Convergence, 2010). My research goal was to study the role of ICTs in public service delivery and community development, and in facilitating structural reform towards accountable governance.

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A visit to the field – Experiencing the Kishori habba (Kishori festival)

Last Thursday, I went to visit one of the field projects with some of IT for Change's field workers. The Kishori Chitrapata (images by adolescent girls) project has now been running for eighteen months – its aim is to address the learning needs of out of school adolescent girls or kishoris. At the end of the technical part of the training, the team faced drop-outs and decided to meet every kishori to ask them why the energy levels had gone lower. From those video interviews, the idea of organising a festival came out, where the entire team from Mysore would be present and all girls and women would come dressed in sarees.

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