Development and Democracy

2023

Over the past two years, we have simultaneously witnessed worrying excess and malpractice by Big Tech with grave social, political, and economic outcomes — data extractivism, the exacerbation of worker precarity, reversal of gender justice gains, the infrastructural takeover of much of the developing world, hijacking of global-to-local…

2022

The question of decent work for the platform economy is one of significance, in light of the millions of workers engaged in online web-based or location-based services globally.  The ILO meeting of experts on Decent Work in the Platform Economy has outlined a detailed list of considerations to be addressed in its meeting between 10-14 October,…

2022

To commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Tenure Guidelines on sustainable governance adopted by the Committee on World Food Security, FIAN International and the Working Group on Land and Territories of the IPC – a coalition of social movements working on food sovereignty and the Right to Food – will release a series of country-specific case…

2022

The Call For Applications for our Institute on Frontiers and Frames For A New Digitality is now closed. We're delighted and humbled by the overwhelming response we've received.

Selected candidates will be notified over mail in the next few weeks.

Across social movements and sectors, civil society actors have begun to recognize…

2022

This is IT for Change’s response to the draft National Data Governance Framework Policy (NDGFP) released for public consultation by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) in May 2022. Given that the NDGFP is not very different from the draft Data Accessibility and Use Policy released in February 2022, this response must…

2022

IT for Change signed the post-MC12 statement on access to medicine, which includes over 100 groups on it thus far, including Public Services International (PSI), Focus on the Global South, African Alliance, Vaccine Advocacy Resource Group, World Federation of Public Health Associations, Health Justice International (HJI), People's Health…

2022

The context of society- and economy-wide platformization and an expanding spectrum of platform workplaces necessitates a re-think of labor rights at the intersection of data, data-enabled algorithms, and work process reorganization. This working paper takes stock of emerging debates in this frontier domain of workers’ data rights, evaluating…

2022

In this project, IT for Change, Institute of Development Studies (IDS), and country partners will unpack how micro, small and medium enterprise (MSME) participation in the global economy is increasingly shaped by the rapid deployment of digital technologies (e.g. ERP, RPA, platformized models), as well as the mediating impact of regulatory…

2022

Through this policy brief, our colleagues ask us to think beyond the current exploitative digital paradigm & re-imagine the rules of development, distribution, & use of tech, based on a feminist social contract grounded in human rights, social justice, & gender equality.

We're thrilled that this document was included in the…

2022

With our societies getting increasingly digitalized and datafied if governments are to keep fulfilling their central societal role they too must get digitalized and datafied. But this must be undertaken in appropriate ways that protect and enhance people’s rights, requiring strong new institutional checks and balances, on one hand, and new…