The Gendered Digital in the Network Society

IT for Change in collaboration with Azim Premji University and  Friedrich Ebert Stiftung - India Office organised a course 'Re-conceptualising Women’s Rights and Gender Equality in a Plaformising Society' on 17th and 18th August 2018.

Essential background readings for the course

Avila, R. et. al. (2018). Artificial Intelligence: Open questions about gender inclusion.
Ganesh, M. (2018). Data and Discrimination: Fintech, Biometrics and Identity in India.
Gurumurthy, A. (2016). Beyond the online-offline binary: Why women need a new global social contract.
Scassera, S (2018). E-commerce, future of labour and its impacts on women.
Valente, M. and Neris, N. (2018). Are we going to feminise the Internet?

Day 1

Panel discussion on 'Rethinking Tech-utopias: A Feminist Take on the Digital' 

Panelists:Anita Gurumurthy, IT for Change

                Nitya Vasudevan, Samvada

                Shehla Rashid Shora, JNU

Gurumurthy, A. (2017). A history of feminist engagement with development and digital technologies.
IT for Change (2018). National Dialogue on Gender-Based Cyber Violence – Event Report.
Patil, S.M. (2017). Debrahminizing online sphere: On larger questions of caste, gender and patriarchy. See

Day 2

Session 1. Gender Equality and Platform Society: Emerging Issues

Gurumurthy, A, Chami, N and Bilorou, C (2018). Gender equality in the digital economy: Emerging Issues. DRAFT PAPER
Gurumurthy, A. and Chami, N. (2017). A feminist action framework on development and digital
United Nations Human Rights Council (2017). Promotion, protection and enjoyment of human rights on the Internet: ways to bridge the gender digital divide from a human rights perspective.

Session 2. How Techno-Structures Work – Algorithms and AI as Frontier Gender Issues

Dickson, B. (2018). Artificial Intelligence has a bias problem and it is our fault.
Gurumurthy, A. And Chami, N. (2016). Data: The new four letter word for feminism.
Lokanathan, S. (2014). Some reflections on the analytical challenges in big data.
Taylor, L. (2013). The scramble for Africa’s data – Resource grab or development opportunity.

If you want the tech terms demystified, see:
Caplan, R. And Donovan, J. (2018) Algorithmic Accountability: A Primer prepared for the
Congressional Progressive Caucus.

If you are already familiar with the field of algorithmic tech and AI and are looking for a deepdive, see:
Bolukbasi, et. al. (2016). Man is to Computer Programmer as Woman is to Homemaker? De-biasing
Word Embeddings.

Session 3. Gender Considerations in Policy and Techno-design Architectures - Case Studies in

Case Study 1

Case Study 2


Course organized by IT for Change and Azim Premji University during February 2017

IT for Change and Azim Premji University (APU) organised a course titled 'The Gendered Digital in the Network Society', between 3rd and 4th February 2017, which was supported by the Genderlogues program of the India office of Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES).
Through a series of panels, lectures and activity based discussions, the course introduced participants to feminist perspectives on emerging debates at the intersections of digital technologies and development.

Day 1

Panel Discussion on ‘A feminist lens on a Digital India’ Bishakha Datta, Point of View Usha Ramanathan, Legal Scholar Anita Gurumurthy, IT for Change

Read blog on panel discussion here.

Day 2

Session 1. Presentation on political feminism in India: an analysis of actors, debates and strategies Damyanty Sridharan, FES, India Office
Session 2. Lecture on Gender, digital technologies and transformative change Anita Gurumurthy, IT for Change

Session 3. A panel discussion on rethinking women’s rights in the digital age Patrick Ruether, FES, India Office Amrita Vasudevan, IT for Change Nandini Chami, IT for Change

Session 4. Unpacking gendered narratives of the digital: A case study exercise in groups

Session 5. Building blocks for a feminist manifesto of the digital: Group exercise

Read a report of the workshop here

Course Resources:

Case studies for group exercise on Unpacking gendered narratives of the digital

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