Media articles

Three speakers, from the International Forum on Gender, Media, ICTs, and Journalism: 20 years after the Beijing Action Platform, Margaret Gallgher, Lucía Lagunes Huerta, and Anita Gurumurthy were invited for a discussion on the Latin American channel teleSur.

Issue No. 287 of the Third World Network's 'Resurgence' featured many an article by members of the Just Net Coalition, foregrounding global level IG issues of critical importance, during the run up to the IGF 2014, Istanbul. Parminder Jeet Singh's overview traces the International IG scene so far, emphasizes Snowden's intervention and offers a road map recommending future directions for Indian IG.

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An analysis of outcomes of International Telecommunication Union’s World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) by IT for Change, which appeared as the lead Op-Ed in The Hindu on 21 December 2012.

The article highlights important facts, incidents and debates on the regulation of the Internet.

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In 'Where did the mysterious CIRP come from – A short alternative (almost sub-altern) account of its history' Parminder Jeet Singh, unpacks the politics of 'enhanced-coperation'. The article recounts the IT for Change's continued efforts towards a more inclusive debate on this topic at various internaional forums and the resistance put up by certain stakeholders from the global North to such steps being taken.

ICT tools, when used effectively in schools, gives opportunities for the teachers to self-learn and build on their subject knowledge. Eventually it provides the students a new context for engaging with each of these subjects. Bindu Thirumalai, in her piece in The Hindu, explains how innovations in technology have helped educators explore possibilities of using simulations for science and graphic calculators for mathematics, to bring alive and animate certain phenomenon or concepts.

 

In the run up to the UN CSTD meeting in Geneva in May 2012, IT for Change ran a campaign for 'democratising global Internet governance'. This campaign was supported by over 67 civil society organisations and many more individuals, from across the world. An article written on this issue by Parminder Jeet Singh was published in The Hindu, a leading English newspaper daily in India before the important meeting in Geneva.

Icann, the global authority dealing with domain names, is hastening the threat of monopolisation on the Internet through its new scheme
to sell generic words (like .beauty, .books, .search). IT for Change wrote an opinion piece in a leading English newspaper daily about how Icann is getting away with the problematic plan of putting up parts of our language up for privatisation. A day later, the daily published an editorial piece endorsing the same, which can be read here

The article points to how the bidding model adopted by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) in the allocation of generic top level domain names is creating monopolies and privatising the knowledge commons.

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The article highlights the significance of India’s proposal for the formation of a UN Commitee for Internet-Related Policies (CIRP) in developing countries’ fight for a greater stake in the governance of the Internet.

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