On 13 February 2024, Merrin Muhammed Ashraf represented the Global Digital Justice Forum at a virtual consultation convened by the co-facilitators of the intergovernmental process for drafting a Global Digital Compact, which would be annexed to the Pact for the Future. The goal of the consultation was to allow civil society representatives to…
Digital labour platforms function in markets through “matching…the supply of and demand for paid work through an online platform”. One of the major ways in which matching platforms function is through algorithms, which collect vast amounts of data both from the workers and their customers in order to ostensibly optimise their services continuously. India’s gig economy has seen…
Ahead of the Thirteenth Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization (WTO), the Gender and Trade Coalition, a global alliance of international and regional feminist networks and progressive allies across civil society, academia and trade unions, has released a letter to the Member States and Director General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala to…
Anita Gurumurthy represented IT for Change at a session titled, ‘All Hands on Deck: Shaping an Inclusive Future of AI’ on 6 February 2024. The discussion was held as part of UNESCO’s ‘Global Forum on the Ethics of AI 2024’ in Kranj, Slovenia. Artificial intelligence (AI) processes and systems are too important and complex to be decided upon by a few stakeholders.…
Designed as part of the adolescent girl empowerment programme - Hosa Hejje Hosa Dishe (New Step in New Direction), Kishori Clubs are safe spaces for adolescent girls embedded within schools in Mysuru and Kalaburagi districts. These clubs are female facilitated by female teachers and mediated by audio-visual technology, with a vision to empower…
This study was conducted by betterplace lab, and commissioned by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The study outlines the challenges, needs, and potential vis-à-vis feminist development policy in order to achieve a gender-just…

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Accelerating Bharat's Digital Agenda

Accelerating Bharat's Digital Agenda is about addressing two critical divides -- the digital divide in meaningful access, and the development divide in the data paradigm 1. The access divides India is rapidly digitalising but there is a risk of leaving Bharat behind. India had over 700 million active internet users as…

Missed Opportunities in the OECD Guidelines Tech-related Updates

Increasing digitalisation has spawned a system-wide disruption resulting in a reorganisation of production on a global to local scale. This is evident in both traditional value chains and in newer forms of work organisation, like platform work, cloud work, microwork and other invisible, but significant, sectors. The…

Digital Intelligence: Challenges of the Times

In an interview with Anita Gurumurthy and Nandini Chami of IT for Change, Sally Burch (ALAI) explores the concept of “digital intelligence” as a broader conception of AI that takes into account the interaction between human and digital systems. This interview was originally published in Spanish by the digital magazine…

Rights Concerns Ignored in Data Law

While DPDPA 2023 is a big step, it requires changes to better safeguard worker rights. Technological advancements, particularly in data-driven production processes, have expanded the scope of workplace regulation beyond individual privacy concerns to encompass data protections and economic justice within the paradigm…

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