Our research and practice informs our advocacy with governments institutions and civil society. We critique dominant technology models that privatize education through outsourcing, or centralize control with education bureaucracies and technology vendors, and through our work, showcase the necessity of and possibilities for making empowering choices of technology in education.
Gender and Citizenship in the Information Society/ CITIGEN-Asia (2010-12) was a path-breaking multi-country research study in the Asia-Pacific that used the lens of gendered citizenship to analyse the shifts in gender power relations in the emerging information society context. It was supported by the International Development Research Centre (Canada).
IT for Change has engaged in policy advocacy and dialogue on leveraging community networks for pro-poor public access models.
In 2016, IT for Change’s field centre, Prakriye, initiated an ICT-enabled training programme for strengthening adolescent girls’ agency, empowerment and leadership potential. This programme is supported by the South Asia Women’s Fund.
Digital Democracy in India is IT for Change’s ongoing attempt to examine the emerging governance paradigm in the country, characterized by the rise of ‘governance by networks’ and ‘rule by data’, from the standpoint of inclusive citizenship. We are primarily concerned with research and policy dialogue which protects the interests of citizens at the margins in the transition to digitalised service delivery and public decision making.
IT for Change has engaged in policy research and advocacy for building an e-governance model that promotes transparency and accountability, and inclusive decision making. We have closely examined all three components of e-government – e-service delivery, e-participation and connectivity architectures.
Since the mid 2000s, IT for Change has been exploring what it takes to build effective legal, policy and social interventions that address technology-mediated gender-based violence. Currently, IT for Change is spearheading a South Asia project that seeks to trigger national-level policy dialogues on balancing the right to free speech online with women’s right to freedom from technology-mediated violence, in India and Bangladesh.