Students from Government and Aided High Schools in Bengaluru South presented their digital creations in a 'Digifest' organized on April 9 at Vijaya Teachers College. 



Read our series of blogs based on the ongoing project, 'Righting Gender Wrongs: A Study of Law Enforcement Responses to Online Violence against Women'.


Making the digital economy work for informal sector women in India

Read our policy brief, 'Making the digital economy work for informal sector women in India'.


This report presents emerging insights from the research studies being undertaken under the project. Covering 14 countries and a range of domains and sectors, it examines the current trends in platformization, mapping the emerging policy responses and challenges. Read more from the 'Policy Frameworks for Digital Platforms' research network here.

It is becoming increasingly evident that the far reaching impacts of machine learning and AI demand immediate attention to the digitalisation of society itself. AI is not just another technology that has emerged on the horizon. On the contrary, it is a general purpose technology akin to electricity or the internal combustion engine that catalyses…


Organised by
Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era (DAWN)

Aileen Kwa, Coordinator, Trade for Development Programme, The South Centre
Nandini Chami, Deputy Director, IT for Change and Researcher, Digital Justice Project of
DAWN and IT for Change
Sanya Reid Smith, Legal…

The paper, developed for the Commonwealth Secretariat, London, examines, the nature of digital economy in a developing country context, focussing the study partly on Bengaluru, often called the Silicon Valley of the South. It distinguishes digital industry from the earlier software industry and then the Internet industry.The paper defines digital economy as one…

Teacher agency is an indicator of teacher development, it is also a cause for teacher development. The article aims to explore the role digital technologies can play in strengthening or constraining teacher agency in her practice, specifically in her choice and use of curricular resources in…

In this article published in the Economic & Political Weekly (12 January 2019), Amrita Vasudevan revisits current debates on the liability of internet intermediaries in India, in the context of violence against women online. 

Read the paper here.


Misleading Takedowns: Facebook needs to be a lot more transparent when it comes to banning pages, groups

Earlier this week, Facebook deleted over 700 pages in India for “coordinated inauthentic behaviour” and “spam”. Most of these pages were related to the Congress and the BJP. The action, evidently with an eye on the upcoming elections, targeted what Facebook described as deliberate attempts to mislead. Facebook’s…

Why owning their national data is important for developing countries

There are two ways to look at the digital economy.  One is just as progressive automation of production processes that has been going on for many years, now hitting a whole new level.  Another is to see it as a distinct discontinuity, much like the industrial revolution was.  The latter, within a few decades of…

How the online space for women is in a crisis and what needs to be done about it

Every once in a while, there is the high optics drama about a woman celebrity or public persona who has been trolled, and then, predictably, the dust settles. But make no mistake. This is but the proverbial tip of an iceberg that is ballooning.

The internet-mediated world presents a contradiction of a…

Why the debate on e-commerce must move beyond FDI rules

In October and November 2018, during the Great Indian Festival season in India, online retail giants — Amazon, Flipkart and Paytm Mall — sold goods worth $4.3 billion (Rs 29,947 crore), 43% higher than the last year.

Traders in physical retail must now reckon with the rather disconcerting reality of e-…



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