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Advocacy for a progressive national e-governance standards policy

IT for Change
2010
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Advocacy Statements

IT for Change (ITfC) played an important role in campaigning efforts to bring to the Government of India's notice that the use of non-royalty-based open standards in e-governance are basic to ensuring people's right to information in a digital age.

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Drishtee

IT for Change
2008
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Case studies

This case study is part of a research project that sought to analyse how different telecentre models approach development on the ground, proceeding to elaborate a typology based on the cornerstones of participation and equity. To conduct this assessment, four telecentre projects were examined: the Gujarat government’s e-Gram project, the corporate-led venture by ITC called e-Choupal, the private enterprise model of Drishtee, and the community-owned telecentres of the M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF).

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Recasting the Beijing Platform for Action through the information society lens

Anita Gurumurthy with Parminder Jeet Singh and Anja Kovacs
2009
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Position papers

This document was an input into the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) High-Level Intergovernmental Meeting on the Review of Implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action.

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Anita Gurumurthy with Parminder Jeet Singh and Anja Kovacs
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Refurbishing the women’s empowerment strategy – The new ICT opportunity

Anita Gurumurthy and Parminder Jeet Singh
2007
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Media Articles

This paper was written for the second IGF – Access Plenary Panel (Rio de Janeiro, 2007). It posits that ICTD models for poor people cannot be driven by financial considerations, and neither can they be demand-driven. Access to ICTs for the information poor has a very direct impact on their development status; consequently, ICTs cannot be conceptualised merely as business infrastructure. They instead need to be seen as development infrastructure. This calls for state intervention for creating an ecosystem which makes access to ICTs by marginalised communities a real possibility.

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South India regional workshop on 'Software principles for the public sector, with focus on public education'

2010
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Bengaluru (India)
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Workshop Outputs

IT for Change, in collaboration with the e-Governance Department, the Department of Public Instruction and Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (Government of Karnataka), Karnataka State Knowledge Commission, ICT for Development Community/ Solution Exchange, UNESCO, organised a workshop on 'Software principles for the public sector, with focus on public education', held in Bengaluru (India) on 1-2 February 2010.

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What is Public Software?

2010
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Advocacy Statements

Public software is 'software developed or procured, for the public good, which is publicly owned' (Guiding principles for public sector software). It is essential for participating in the digital society and thus needs to be provided to everyone as an universal right and entitlement. It includes operating system, text/image/audio/video editors, email, web browser, search engine, etc. Public software needs to be free software, providing the freedom to use, study, modify and share, to ensure universal access as well as participation in its creation and modification.

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“Bottom Up” perspectives on ICTs and the Right to Information

Michael Gurstein, Parminder Jeet Singh
2006
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Media Articles
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.
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