Research papers

IT for Change wrote a paper titled 'A development agenda in Internet Governance - Outlining global public policy issues and exploring new institutional options' for the IBSA (India, Brazil, South Africa) seminar on global Internet Governance that took place on 1-2 September 2011 at Fundação Getulio Vargas, in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil). The event was organised by the Brazilian Ministry of External Relations, with support from the Brazilian Internet Steering Committee and the Centre for Technology & Society, as well as governmental and non-governmental actors from India, Brazil and South Africa.

Under the 'Gender and citizenship in the Information Society' Research programme, Anita Gurumurthy and Arpita Joshi undertook visits to three tele-centre initiatives which showed a keen understanding of the gendered nature of technology use and society, especially targeting their programme to ensure reaching  marginalised women. The programmes covered were -

For the tenth anniversary of Feminist Media Studies, Kumarini Silva and Kaitlynn Mendes engage with Carolina Escosteguy and Anita Gurumurthy about the degree of impact that feminism and feminist media studies have had, can have, and should have, in the global "South". The conversations show the importance of investigating the local, while simultaneously acknowledging global shifts in knowledge production and distribution.

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.

This article looks back at the Mahiti Manthana project, a joint project of IT for Change and Mahila Samakhya Karnataka which explores how women's mobilisation and organising processes can be strengthened through new Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) systems. It draws conclusion about the learnings brought by the Mahiti Manthana experience, considering its meanings for development, especially in terms of negotiation of traditional gender orders in an increasingly globalised world.

kelu sakhiMahiti Manthana was a joint initiative of Prakriye and Mahila Samakhya Karnataka, undertaken between 2005 and 2009. Since its inception in 2005, the project primarily aimed at exploring the possibilities offered by community informatics practice, for strengthening the empowerment processes of marginalised women's collectives (locally known as sanghas) formed under the Mahila Samakhya programme of the Government of India, in three blocks (taluks) of Mysore district: Hunsur, H.D. Kote and Nanjangud.

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A two day photo exhibition was organised in the villages Hosavaranchi (on Jun 7-8) and Attiguppe (May 31-Jun 1), in Mysore district, to showcase to the community the learning of adolescent girls who participate in the 'Kishori Chitrapata' (Images by Adolescent Girls) Project, a collaborative intervention of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyaan (SSA), 'Mahila Samakhya' (Women of Equal Value) Karnataka (a women's empowerment intervention of the Government of India), UNICEF and IT for Change. The project aims to contribute to girls' empowerment through Information and Communication Technologies like videos, audio recorders, digital camera and computers.

Parminder Jeet Singh wrote an article for the Economic & Political Weekly, commenting on the future of the Internet after agreements between telecom companies and specific websites (e.g. Google and Verizon in the US or Facebook and Airtel in India), which challenge the principle of net neutrality.

Written and produced in collaboration with partners, the Bridge Cutting Edge Packs provide accessible overviews of the latest thinking on a gender theme and summaries of the most useful resources. Each pack includes an Overview Report, a Supporting Resources Collection and a copy of Gender and Development In Brief. In the the 'Gender and ICTs' overview section Anita Gurumurthy provides a feminist critique of ICT4D debates.