Development and Democracy

2007
IT for Change made a presentation at the Access Plenary Panel during the second Internet Governance Forum (Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, 12-15 November 2007). The presentation posits that ICTD models for poor people cannot be driven by financial considerations, and neither can they be demand-driven. Progressive ICTD models must be embedded in social…
2007

Anita Gurumurthy presented a paper titled, 'The local-global connection in the information society: Some tentative formulations around gender, development and social change' at a London School of Economics seminar in May 2007 which focused on 'Gender and work in the global context: Theory and practice'. The paper explores the…

2006

IT for Change was part of a workshop on 'Audio visual resources for development: Moving towards open paradigms' in Bengaluru (India) on 15 June 2006. The workshop was aimed at initiating a policy dialogue on free sharing of audio visual (AV) development content aimed at grassroots interventions, so that these interventions…

2006
This article was published in the EgovOnline.net magazine in August 2006. The challenge for 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…
2005

In 2005, IT for Change carried out a series of three case studies in order to explore community-owned ICTD models in India. The selected initiatives were Akshaya (Kerala), the rural e-Seva kiosks (Andhra Pradesh), and n-Logue, TeNet and DHAN Foundation (Tamil Nadu) which are all large scale initiatives.

The research…

2005
IT for Change was closely associated with the drafting of the Civil Society Statement for the second phase of WSIS held in Tunis (Tunisia) in 2005. The broad mandate for WSIS was to address the long-standing issues in economic and social development from the newly emerging perspectives of the opportunities and risks posed by the revolution in…
2005
This paper argues for a public goods approach to ICTs, education and sustainable development. The author discusses the inadequacies of the current engagement of ICTs in education. Shifts from classroom-based learning to pupil-centered learning have occurred, but by and large the manner in which the ICT opportunity has been employed in the…
2005

Anita Gurumurthy wrote about the promise of ICTs for developing countries in World economy and Development In Brief. In this articles, she states that even though the IT revolution did open up new job avenues

, and IT-enabled outsourcing seemed to finally hark in the promise of a level playing field of a globalised…

2005
This presentation was made at the DataQuest Seminar on 'Making e-governance happen' on 3 March, 2005, in Chennai (India). It focuses on the governance reform mandate of e-governance, and highlights the dangers in vesting decision making powers on national e-governance with technology departments. An assessment is made on processes and…
2004

Anita Gurumurthy made a presentation about India's status as a knowledge economy at the 2004 World Social Forum on 18 January in Mumbai (India). The paper strongly critiques India’s excessive emphasis on building an IT-savvy human resource pool, which has resulted in the diversion of resources away from the much more crucial…