Our Advocacy Statements

IT for Change’s Involvement with the T20 Engagement Group of G20 Brazil 2024


IT for Change played an active role in the T20 engagement group of G20 Brazil 2024, promoting a digital paradigm that emphasizes justice, fairness, and equity in June 2024. Below, you will find detailed information about the various aspects of our participation.

Leadership Role

Our Executive Director, Anita Gurumurthy, has been…

Advancing Health Data Governance for Societal Well-being: A Perspective on Health Digital Common Goods for the G20


The apt use of data for health policies and innovation can enhance access and outcomes. However, the prevalent trend of exploiting personal data collected through digital technologies as economic assets poses risks of surveillance, discrimination, and exploitation.

This policy brief submitted to the T20, anchored by Idec, Brasil and co-…

Gendering the G20 Information Integrity Agenda


As the UN Secretary-General observed in 2023, the crisis of information integrity on digital platforms cannot be addressed without effectively tackling the role of platforms in spreading “gender-based hate speech and disinformation that seek to systematically subjugate women by silencing them and pushing them out of the public sphere.” The…

Governing Computational Infrastructure for Strong and Just AI Economies


The development of artificial intelligence (AI) today is hindered by limited computational power, largely controlled by concentrated markets dominated by Big Tech. High-performance chips crucial for large AI models are further restricted through vertical integration and a centralized cloud market. As AI's economic importance grows, access to…

Private Algorithms and Public Interest: Overhauling the Trade Secrets Regime for Equitable AI Futures


The use of trade secrets to enclose the data undergirding artificial intelligence (AI) systems is a dimension that remains under-explored. IT for Change and Data Privacy Brasil submitted a policy brief to the T20 which posits that the data enclosed in trade secrets by digital transnational corporations has the effect of stifling genuine…

Unlocking Multistakeholder Cooperation within the UN System: Global Partnerships for Open Internet


IT for Change’s Executive Director, Anita Gurumurthy, participated in a roundtable discussion at the WSIS+20 Forum High-Level Event 2024, titled, ‘Unlocking Multistakeholder Cooperation within the UN System: Global Partnerships for Open Internet,’ on 29 May 2024. The roundtable discussion aimed to facilitate a policy conversation and offer…

Promoting Digital Justice - Feminist Frameworks


IT for Change’s Executive Director, Anita Gurumurthy, participated in a panel discussion at the WSIS+20 Forum High-Level Event 2024, titled, ‘Digital Policy Perspectives’ on 30 May 2024. The panel analyzed how digital policies can foster an environment that champions both equity and inclusion, ensuring that no one is left behind. The speakers…

Some Considerations for a Government-supported Ride-hailing Platform in Karnataka


IT for Change, in collaboration with the Centre for Labour Studies, National Law School of India University, Bengaluru, presented to the Karnataka government a memo on creating a government-supported ride-hailing platform in the state. The memo focused on the issues and challenges faced by new entrants in digital markets like ride-hailing…

Global Digital Justice Forum’s Statement to the Chairperson and Organizers of the WSIS+20 Forum High-Level Event 2024


The Global Digital Justice Forum (GDJ Forum) was invited by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) to submit a civil society statement to the Chairperson and organizers of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS)+20 Forum High-Level Event 2024, which was held from 27 to 31 May 2024, co-organized by ITU, UNESCO, UNDP and…

IT for Change's Response to the OSET’s AI Risk Pulse Check Survey


IT for Change's Executive Director Anita Gurumurthy and Research Associate Merrin Muhammad Ashraf submitted a response to the Office of the Secretary-General's Envoy on Technology's (OSET) AI Risk Pulse Check survey as part of a horizon-scanning exercise on AI. The purpose of the Pulse check is to understand AI risks globally, as well as fine…