Research papers

IT for Change has been a key resource centre supporting developing country engagements in global Internet governance forums, in the post-WSIS phase. Through periodic policy briefs, we have examined the rapidly evolving social, economic and cultural implications of Internet related debates most relevant to developing countries.

In April 2017, IT for Change with support from the International Development Research Centre, Canada is initiating a multi-country research study to map the key issues/concerns for the rights and inclusion agenda, stemming from pervasive platformisation, in three key domains – economy, knowledge and governance. Through a detailed analysis of digital platforms in these three domains across 8 country-contexts, the project seeks to garner insights about key policy implications for critical areas of governance, such as :
- access to knowledge,
- access to data,

The Internet has now become an enabler of rights and an essential precondition for full participation in the information society. However, issues of corporate and state surveillance, and the enormous influence that corporate policies have on the way our fundamental rights are exercised, exhorts us to embark on an urgent recasting of the Internet and human rights debate, through the lens of the right to development.

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The ubiquity and pervasiveness of data based decision making in a neo-liberal society has converted even acts of love and care into a site of capitalist expropriation. How can we recover the power of big data for transformative feminist politics? – this is the question that the article addresses.

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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.

World-over, technology mediated violence against women is growing to be a serious social problem. Women’s full and free participation in digital spaces presupposes a safe online environment, but going online seem to be fraught with the risk of violence for women. Governments, especially in countries in the global South, are yet to bring their laws and institutions up-to-speed, to effectively respond to this issue.

IT for Change is spearheading a multi-country research study on ICT mediated citizen engagement and its impact on governance structures and processes.

In 2015, WWW Foundation and Sida launched the Women's Rights Online research study to map the opportunities for women's empowerment through web-enabled ICTs, across the capital cities/economic hubs of 10 countries in the global South: Cairo, Egypt; Bogota, Colombia; Jakarta, Indonesia; Kampala, Uganda; Lagos, Nigeria; Manila, Philippines; Maputo, Mozambique; Nairobi, Kenya; New Delhi, India; and Yaounde, Cameroon.

Gurumurthy Kasinathan, representing IT for Change, presented a paper titled 'Domination and emancipation: A framework for assessing ICT and Education programs' at the CESI Conference, on 14th December, 2015. The theme of the conference was 'Education: Domination, Emancipation and Dignity'. The presentation attempted to consolidate insights on the transformatory potential of digital technologies in school education, into a cohesive assessment framework in the Indian public school context.