Research papers

This paper is a contribution to the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) interactive discussion on the guiding concepts on the notion of the openness in the ICT4D field.

This article, published in the Economic and Political Weekly  (3 October 2009), is a report of the consultation on the 'Misuse of Communication Technology and Its Linkages with Violence against Women' held in Trivandrum (India) in March 2009. The article advocates that policy choices  need to avoid narratives of fear around new technologies, narratives that can effectively constrain women’s freedom to use digital spaces.

This research, supported by the National Institute for Smart Government (NISG) and undertaken by IT for Change, seeks to understand how principles promoting women’s inclusion and gender sensitivity can be incorporated into Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICTD) projects through an analysis of five interventions: Abhiyan’s Mahiti Mitra kiosks, DHAN Foundation’s Village Information Centres, the E-Krishi application within the Akshaya project, rural eSeva kiosks and the Community Learning Centres and Trade Facilitation Centres of SEWA.

This publication showcases perspectives that critique the engagement with new technologies in various development sectors such as the media, work and economy and governance.
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. 

This research paper is part of the collection of essays In search of economic alternatives for gender and social justice: Voices from India which highlights some common guiding principles for alternative economic practice and building blocks for an alternative economic paradigm.
Against the backdrop of the social landscape of South Asia, which reveals glaring faultlines of religious, linguistic and ethnic assertions and conflicts, the new communication channels of the technology age pose a huge threat to social capital and the legitimacy of nation-states.

This article was published in the EgovOnline.net magazine in August 2006. The challenge of the 'Right to Information' is that while such rights may have been translated into laws, the practice of enforcing such rights is one which in many contexts is out of reach for those without considerable access to legal or financial resources. However, it is precisely those with the least resources who may have the most need to have access to such information.

This paper frames a critique of India's existing e-governance programme in the context of a market-driven and efficiency enhancing approach. This narrow guiding vision occurs because of a deficit in normative frameworks for governance rooted in principles of governance reform, and in turn a normative model for telecentre-based e-governance. It empirically assesses an e-governance initiative in the state of Gujarat, e-Gram, exploring what kind of development and local governance are served by this telecentre based initiative.

The 2008 report of the Global Information Society Watch surveys the national deployment of ICT infrastructure and its implications for development. It gives a detailed analysis of steps which need to be taken to improve ICT connectivity in rural areas. IT for Change wrote the chapter on India, which looks at the theme of access, focusing on the physical access to technology and the legal and regulatory framework, with special reference to community radio and ICTs in education policies.