Development and Democracy

2011

IT for Change organised a panel with IKME at the EADI/DSA General Conference on 'Rethinking Development in an Age of Scarcity and Uncertainty' which was held in York (United Kingdom) on 19-22 September 2011. The panel was titled 'How are Digital Technologies Transforming Development?' Anita Gurumurthy was a part of the panel…

2011

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IT for Change was asked to comment on the Final Report of the Research Project 'Mediating Voices and Communicating Realities – Using Information Crowdsourcing Tools, Open Data Initiatives and Digital Media to Support and Protect the Vulnerable and Marginalised' by Evangelia Berdou, research fellow at IDS. The commentary…

2011

IT for Change, in collaboration with the Department of Information Technology (DIT), Government of India, and the Centre for Public Policy (CPP) of the Indian Institute of Management, Bengaluru, organised a two-day national workshop on 'Community Information and Service Centres: A New Village Institution for Governance and Democracy'. The…

2010

In this article published in International Technology and International Development (Special edition on the Harvard Forum II), Anita Gurumurthy offers a macro-structural critique that derives from an analysis of some policy texts, as well as from the first-hand experience of IT for Change. Read the article here.

2010

IT for Change was present at the 2010 International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development (ICTD) which was held in London on 13-16 December 2010. After taking part in the opening panel about practitioners' perspectives, Anita Gurumurthy was part of the following panels: 'How can ICT research…

2010

This policy brief was originally prepared as an expert input for the 'Regional Conference on Delivering Social Protection to Unorganised Workers', held in Bengaluru (India) in November 2010, and organised by the Department of Labour (Government of Karnataka) and GTZ (Germany). It explores the different ways in which…

2010

India is known as an IT powerhouse but still has the largest number of poor people out of any country in the world. India’s experience with policies for digital inclusion may thus offer some useful lessons for other developing countries. This policy brief looks at a range of initiatives in India including the ambitious Common…

2009

This paper is based on a lecture delivered at the Michigan State University (USA) in February 2009. Unpacking the hegemonic neo-liberal and market fundamentalist view on ICTD, the paper details a two-fold discourse, where the utopic preoccupation with technology and an ahistoric conception of the world converges with the…

2009

At the 2009 Conference on Information and Communications Technologies and Development (ICTD), IT for Change organised a panel  titled 'Tracing the genealogy of ICTD research: Premises, predispositions, and paradoxes of a field in the making'. As a field in the making, ICTD is situated right at the centre of an unfolding…

2009

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.

It evaluates the complications that can arise from failing to understand the 'openness' of new ICTS, which is such an essential…