Research

2010

Beyond the widespread economic and access-centred approach to ICTs, this think piece addresses the need to think about ICTs as a social phenomenon which impacts each of us, whether we actively use ICTs or not. ICTs have an important emancipatory potential for marginalised populations, and especially for women, as they allow…

2010

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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…

2010

IT for Change was invited by the Journal of Community Informatics to guest-edit a special issue on gender and community informatics, which presents articles from various countries across the world and discusses how information and communication technology have a transformatory impact on gender relations. Please read the journal here.

2010

The study of two large 'ICTs programmes in School Education' (IPSE) programmes of neighbouring Indian states reveals some interesting insights. The integrated model followed in Kerala's IT @ Schools programme, which focused on developing systemic in-house capabilities anchored around school teachers, has shown considerable success; in terms of…

2010

IT for Change conducted an impact assessment of the University School Resource Network (USRN) project of the Regional Resource Centre for Elementary Education (RRCE), Central Institute of Education, University of Delhi and made recommendations for future direction of its work. The assessment was based on a series of interviews of the key actors…

2010

IT for Change conducted a study on the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) programmes in schools in the Yadgir and Sedam blocks of Yadgir district (Karnataka, India). The research team visited around 30 schools to study the Computer Aided Learning Program (CALP), Mahiti Sindhu (MS), ICT @ Schools Phase 1…

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…

2010

In the article 'From a public Internet to the Internet mall', Parminder Jeet Singh omments 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.

He argues that…