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IT for Change

An India-based NGO working on information society theory and practice from the standpoint of equity, social justice and gender equality.


Maths made interactive at Domlur High School, Bengaluru


IT for Change at the UN WSIS+10 Review, 16 December 2015.


IT for Change announced a Call to occupy the Internet at the World Social Forum in Tunis in March 2015.



Teachers who are part of a Subject Teacher Forum (STF) workshop with their own laptop.


Women's collectives from a Mysuru village participating in a community video screening.


Information fair organised by IT for Change's field centre in Doddahejjuru village of Mysore district.


IT for Change workshop on Regulating the Internet in Public Interest in New Delhi, May 2015.


Open Letter: Just Net Coalition asks Sir Tim Berners-Lee to veto EME recommendation

The Just Net Coalition (JNC) has sent an open letter to Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the Web, voicing its objection to World Wide Web Consortium's (W3C) official recommendation of Encrypted Media Extensions (EME). The use of EME, developed by W3C, poses a risk to billions of people's security and privacy, and restricts their access to information. EME's allow publishers to use Digital Rights Management/Digital Restrictions Management (DRM), a dangerous code installed on users' device without their consent. This in turn gives publishers control over what end-users do with their content.

Developing Countries in the Emerging Global Digital Order

This article was developed as a background paper for a presentation to delegates from developing countries at the South Centre, Geneva, in February 2017. It presents the key geo-economic elements of the digital phenomenon; how data is the new raw material that is extracted from developing countries by a few, primarily US based, corporates from the Global North, which is then ‘manufactured’ into ‘digital intelligence’.

Report of the pre-consultation on Technology-mediated Violence Against Women

A pre-consultation meeting was organised in Bangalore in January 2017 to review our discussion paper: Technology-mediated violence against women in India. How can we strengthen existing legal-institutional response mechanisms? A group of feminist scholars and practitioners came together at this meeting to debate the questions raised by it this paper, and brainstorm on strategic directions to take forward on the issue of technology-mediated violence against women.

How can we strengthen existing legal-institutional response mechanisms?

Our discussion paper on the issue of technology-mediated violence against women analyses the adequacy of the current legal and institutional frameworks in India and proposes alternate models that need to be debated and analysed. The paper raises a series of questions on overhauling the existing legal framework, effectively addressing intermediary liability and strengthening law enforcement and other institutional mechanisms.


Telangana ICT student text book and teacher hand book

The Telangana Department of School Education (DSE) is keen to integrate technology into teaching and learning in sustained and meaningful ways. It believes that this requires development of good quality digital resources as Open Educational Resources (OER), teacher training on digital methods and processes to create and use OER as well as the development of a school curriculum, including a student ICT text book and teacher ICT hand book that focuses on building digital skills and competencies in students.

Development and IS

Inputs to the HLPF ministerial declaration

As part of the Asia Pacific Regional CSO Engagement Mechanism (APRCEM), IT for Change is developing a collective stance on the progress towards Agenda 2030 to be presented at the High Level Political forum (HLPF), 2017. The theme of the this years' review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals is "Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world".

Aadhaar Act: The digital rights of Indians are at the mercy of an act that is incomplete

This is an article about the Aadhar Act and how to poses a risk to citizens' right to privacy in India.

Round Table: Towards concerted action on democratic accountability in the digital age

IT for Change along with Centre for Internet and Society (CIS), Digital Empowerment Foundation, Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan and the National Campaign for People’s Right to Information (NCPRI) organized a workshop on "Democratic Accountability in the Digital Age", between November 14-15th 2016, in New Delhi.

Dhwanigalu - Learning Dialogues with Adolescent Girls at the Margins

With the support of the South Asia Women’s Fund, the Prakriye field centre of IT for Change has been working with 85 adolescent girls in rural Mysore to strengthen their agency, autonomy and leadership through a digitally enabled capacity-building programme, since 2016. This training module effectively combines traditional and technology-mediated learning methodologies such as digital story telling, photo-essays, role-plays, simulation exercises and debates to trigger learning dialogues at the grassroots.

In Media

This paper was written for the second IGF – Access Plenary Panel (Rio de Janeiro, 2007). It posits that ICTD models for poor people cannot be driven by financial considerations, and neither can they be demand-driven. Access to ICTs for the information poor has a very direct impact on their development status; consequently, ICTs cannot be conceptualised merely as business infrastructure. They instead need to be seen as development infrastructure. This calls for state intervention for creating an ecosystem which makes access to ICTs by marginalised communities a real possibility.

This paper was written for Plan International's Annual Report, entitled 'Because I am a Girl'. For girls and young women, especially in the global south, ICT access and its effective use provide new avenues in their journeys towards economic empowerment. This paper unpacks some typical myths about ICTs, gender and empowerment in order to explore these complexities, and strongly argues for a citizenship and rights-based approach to ICTs to promote individual and collective empowerment of girls in the information society context.

Voice or Chatter? Using Structuration Framework Towards a Theory of ICT mediated Citizen Engagement



Dhwanigalu - Learning Dialogues with Adolescent Girls at the Margins



International Day against DRM

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