Event reports

IT for Change, in collaboration with the Department of Information Technology (DIT), Government of India, and the Centre for Public Policy (CPP) of the Indian Institute of Management, Bengaluru, organised a two-day national workshop on 'Community Information and Service Centres: A New Village Institution for Governance and Democracy'.

IT for Change, in collaboration with Mahiti and the Public Affairs Centre, organised a workshop on 'Advocacy in the Internet age – Exploring ways forward for the civil society' held on 27-30 January 2001 in Bengaluru (India).

IT for Change, DAWN, and the Centre for Public Policy organised a seminar on 'Gender Perspectives on the Information Society - South Asia' in Bengaluru (India) on 18-19 April 2005.

IT for Change, with the support of the University of Manchester and Hivos, hosted a two-day workshop on the 9-10th March 2006 in Mysore (India). The purpose of the workshop exercise was to expose organisations working with poor women, and community leaders from amongst poor women’s groups in Karnataka, to the empowerment potential of ICTs.

The workshop was organised by the WSIS Gender Caucus, IT for Change, UNDP Asia Pacific Gender Mainstreaming Programme, and the UNDP Asia Pacific Development Information Programme, in partnership with IDRC and UNIFEM South Asia in Bangkok (Thailand) on 31 October 2001.

IT for Change and Luleå University of Technology organised a workshop on 'Technology, social process and gender in the information society' in Mysore (India) on 5-6 February 2007. The workshop took a systems approach that examined the intersecting grids of social and institutional change, gender transformative processes and techno-social models. The workshop aimed to look at ICT-induced change from different vantages, and attempted to synthesise gender perspectives in relation to contextual ICT-led models of social change.

IT for Change along with APC WNSP, ISIS International Manila and DAWN organised a panel  titled "Governing digital spaces - The political economy of the information society and violence against women" at the 10th AWID International Forum on Women's Rights and Development held in Bangkok from the 27-30 October 2005. The proliferation of new technologies over the world has built upon and perpetuated neo-liberal market ideologies. In the dominant discourse of the information society, markets are seen as the obvious instrument for the diffusion of new technologies, over-riding the private-public-community balance. Of course, this rides on capitalist globalisation that exacerbates global inequality. Further, this impacts the production and exchange of information in serving the global public interest. The presentations made at the session examined the ways in which the Internet defies controls of legal/public institutions as understood through violence against women in/via digital spaces, and then articulated the need for alternative paradigms.

The 2006 Internet Governance Forum (IGF) was held in Athens (Greece, 30 October - 2 November) and its overall theme was 'Internet Governance for Development'.

IT for Change submitted a paper titled 'A development agenda for Internet Governance - Call for a framework convention on the Internet'.

IT for Change was part of a workshop on 'Audio visual resources for development: Moving towards open paradigms' in Bengaluru (India) on 15 June 2006. The workshop was aimed at initiating a policy dialogue on free sharing of audio visual (AV) development content aimed at grassroots interventions, so that these interventions can be strengthened.

IT for Change was present at the 2010 International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development (ICTD) which was held in London on 13-16 December 2010. After taking part in the opening panel about practitioners' perspectives, Anita Gurumurthy was part of the following panels: 'How can ICT research better inform and communicate theories of development and globalization? New challenges and promising directions' and 'Conceptions of Accountability in Policy and Practice'. She also intervened in a panel which discussed issues of openness on the last day of the conference. More information about the programme of ICTD 2010 on www.ictd2010.org.