In times of rapid, digitally-induced change, the knowledge space becomes a key area of capture and contestation. The state of play in the realm of concepts and frameworks is therefore a significant site for critical examination and informed action. Theoretical lenses and empirical facts must be used skilfully to trace who defines emergent social, economic and political ideas and how interests of different actors are impacted. IT for Change has been at the cutting edge of critical research, not only de-constructing dominant approaches and concepts in relation to digital developments, but also articulating alternative frameworks rooted in ideals of social justice and equity.
RECOGNISE, RESIST, REMEDY
This collaborative project between IT for Change, India and InternetLab, Brazil addresses gender-based hate speech in the online public sphere. Supported by International Development Research Centre (IDRC), the project responds to the current reality in both countries where women are not only speaking up against patriarchy, but also claiming public-political space despite pervasive sexism and misogyny.
It adopts three main strategies: (a) highlightng blind spots in dominant legal frameworks that prevent effective recognition of sexist/misogynistic speech online as a violation of women’s rights; (b) offering ways to reform content governance and intermediary liability legislation to ensure timely redressal; and (c) building a proof-
CENTERING WOMEN IN INDIA'S DIGITALISING ECONOMY
‘UNSKEWING’ THE PLATFORM VALUE CHAIN
IT for Change is pleased to launch its two-year regional project on 'Unskewing the Platform Value Chain: Examining Role of Policy in Shaping Equitable Data Economies’. Supported by the Omidyar Network, this project will continue on the heels of our first phase of research on policies for the platform economy, a 14-country initiative that concluded in November 2019.
In this second phase, IT for Change will lead and coordinate empirical research on platform value chains and the political economy of data, looking closely at the domains of e-commerce and social media.
HEALTH DATA AS GLOBAL PUBLIC GOOD
Data Governance Network
IT for Change is one of the four ‘nodes’ in the Data Governance Network (DGN) selected for research rigour and evidence of engagement in policy domains. The DGN was established by the IDFC Institute in 2019 to bring together some of India's leading policy think-tanks: National Institute of Public Finance and Policy, Internet Democracy Project and IT for Change. It identifies policy gaps in data governance and seeks to bridge them through policy interventions, research and advocac
Digital Justice Project
Digital Justice is a collaborative research and advocacy initiative of IT for Change and DAWN (Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era). We aim to re-interpret the emerging techno-social paradigm from a Southern feminist standpoint. The project foregrounds debates at the intersection of enduring feminist concerns about gender justice and women’s human rights on the one hand, and emerging issues at the digital frontier on the other.
Righting Gender Wrongs
This exploratory research study of gender-based cyber violence was led by IT for Change with feminist partners across six sites of study in India, and covered the states of Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. The research used mixed methods - self administered surveys with college students between the ages of 19-23, key informant interviews with law enforcement officials, women’s rights lawyers and activists, family court lawyers, counselors,
ONLINE FREEDOM FOR ALL = NO UNFREEDOM FOR WOMEN - A PROJECT ON TECHNOLOGY-MEDIATED VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN
OER Adoption: Phase II
E-government and Gender Equality in the Asia-Pacific
Learn more about our project on, Policy frameworks for digital platforms - Moving from openness to inclusion