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IT for Change's new project seeks to engage progressive actors in an exercise to construct alternative digital frameworks, pathways, and institutional arrangements.

INTERNET GOVERNANCE

Economic rights in a data-based society

This report, a collaboration between IT for Change, FES and PSI, argues that collective data ownership is at the heart of an equitable data future.

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We are leading a range of critical relief measures towards the Covid-19 crisis. All your contributions will go towards helping someone in need.

Education

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Our e-learning course supports KVS mathematics teachers in the creation of Open Educational Resources for their classrooms.

The Covid pandemic has starkly visibilized the underlying inequality and injustice of the global economic paradigm. It has not only exposed the cumulative failings of the neoliberal order, but also testified to the inevitability of crisis and catastrophe inherent to it. For nearly half a century now – since the disavowal of the Keynesian/New Deal…
Fondation Botnar has commissioned IT for Change to develop a nuanced framework, focussing on ‘Health Data as Global Public Good' to centrally include community ownership of data into it. The working paper is expected to lay out the nature, role and governance of health data in the emerging digital society and economy. This is to be done in a manner that helps Fondation Botnar…
IT for Change, with support from the European Commission, is anchoring a five-year (2020-2024) collaborative action research to explore the potential of alternative digital platforms in sectors that traditionally employ women. Undertaken in partnership with Vrutti and LabourNet, the project aims to ensure that the benefits of a data-driven and…
IT for Change's paper on 'Breaking Up Big Tech: Separation of its Data, Cloud and Intelligence Layers' for the Data Governance Network argues that traditional competition frameworks are inadequate to addressing the rapidly building digital power concentration. These need to be combined with perspectives from technology governance that focus on structural separation…
In the past, Open and Distance Learning (ODL)  was primarily conducted through snail mail where institutions sent reading and other materials to learners. With the advent of Internet and related digital technologies, this has gradually changed. This paper explores how a free and open digital technology like MediaWiki, and Wikimedia open knowledge…
This collaborative project between IT for Change, India and InternetLab, Brazil addresses gender-based hate speech in the online public sphere. Supported by International Development Research Centre (IDRC), the project responds to the current reality in both countries where women are not only speaking up against patriarchy, but also claiming…

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A Plan for Indian Self-Sufficiency in an AI-Driven World

Ensuring wide data availability may help India develop its AI industry and avoid external dependence. Geo-political and economic power in the industrial age was determined by one’s expertise in manufacturing. In a digital society, it’s likely to be based on command over artificial intelligence (AI). As an information…

Data is an Economic Resource. Gopalakrishnan Committee Report Shows How Its Value Can Be Shared, Governed

Data is almost universally recognised as the most valuable economic resource today. Seven out of the top 10 companies globally by market capitalisation are data-centric. In these circumstances, it appears strange that there has hardly been any worthwhile attempt to look at who has economic rights to various kinds of…

Protecting Platform Workers’ Rights in the Post-Covid Economy: Reflections from India

As employment in India bounces back from the Covid lockdown, platform-mediated work is expected to come into its own. Indian legislation must take the right steps to protect the status and labour rights of gig workers in these changing times, while unions also need to bring these new workers into the fold. Under the…

Reclaiming Education in Pandemic Times

A virus may be apolitical, but our response to it reveals biases and inequities in our systems. As we all adapt to the new “normal”, it is critical that we look at the stated and unstated assumptions, and implicit and explicit changes being made to our social welfare systems, which impact people differently. Millions…

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