Presentations

The lecture, held on 27 July 2010, was hosted by the Centre for Internet and Society (CIS),The Centre for the Study of Culture and Society (CSCS), and IT for Change (ITfC). Lisa McLaughlin, PhD, Associate Professor in Media Studies and Women’s Studies (Miami University-Ohio, USA), addressed the gendered ties that bind the “new global governance” to the “new information economy”, with a focus on women, work, and information and communication technology.

This presentation was made at the DataQuest Seminar on 'Making e-governance happen' on 3 March, 2005, in Chennai (India). It focuses on the governance reform mandate of e-governance, and highlights the dangers in vesting decision making powers on national e-governance with technology departments. An assessment is made on processes and institutional structures for enabling governance reform aims of the e-governance strategy in the country, specifically exploring the single-point contact model for service delivery.
The information society phenomenon presents a paradigmatic shift in redefining political, social and institutional systems. However, Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) which constitute a vital component of this phenomenon are mostly guided by neo-liberal principles and are nested in technical domains, resulting in the absence of traditional development actors in ICT policy making spaces. Further, e-governance spaces are devoid of any debate on governance reform concepts of active citizenship, participatory democracy, etc.
IT for Change was at the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) Ministerial Meeting on 'The Future of the Internet Economy', an event held in June 2008 in Seoul (Korea). Parminder Jeet Singh was a panelist on the Civil Society - Organised Labour Forum on a policy round-table titled 'The future of the Internet: The human and political dimension', where he spoke about the democratic deficit in global Internet policy making.
IT for Change made a presentation at the Access Plenary Panel during the second Internet Governance Forum (Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, 12-15 November 2007). The presentation posits that ICTD models for poor people cannot be driven by financial considerations, and neither can they be demand-driven. Progressive ICTD models must be embedded in social institutions and sectoral agencies - like health, education, governance.