Research papers

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.

We are at an important juncture in Global Internet Governance and it is time to decide how this space needs to grow and be governed. The decisions taken now will have an impact long into the future. This second volume of the CyFy Journal, the third issue in the GP-ORF series, tracks the debates surrounding cyber-security, global internet governance and challenges in overcoming the digital divide.

In 2014, the World Wide Web Foundation (WWW) in collaboration with SIDA launched '

IT for Change carried out a 5-country research study on gender and e-government in the Asia-Pacific, in partnership with UNESCAP and UNPOG. This study examined how e-government norms, rules and practices impact institutional shifts towards gender equality and women’s empowerment by focusing on its key components – service delivery, citizen uptake and connectivity architecture.

In August 2014, we interviewed about 25 people spanning different domains, alongside an examination of views and perspectives from workshops such as Internet We Need, Social Justice in an Internet-mediated World, The Emerging issues in Use and Governance of the Internet from the Indian Perspective etc. and compiled an impressionist commentary on what people thought about the Internet in India as well as the context and need for Internet policies.

This draft paper was a result of research undertaken for the University of Pennsylvania's Internet Policy Observatory. It begins by mapping the Indian IG scene so far, and then moves onto an impressionist analysis of first hand interviews conducted across a broad section of stakeholders, to identify the Indian IG agenda imperatives.