India's Ratification of the Marrakesh Treaty Celebrated; Accessible Books Consortium Launched

On Day 1 of the 28th Session of the World Intellectual Property Organization (“WIPO”) Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (“SCCR”), the WIPO organized an event to mark India’s ratification of the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired or Otherwise Print Disabled, 2013 (“Marrakesh Treaty”), and to launch the Accessible Books Consortium (“ABC”).

For a Truly Inclusive Consultative Process
Open House with George Abraham: Mainstreaming Persons with Disabilities
Summary of Judgements on Disability Rights
The Road to Financial Inclusion
Polling Pains
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CIS' Comments on the Department of Biotechnology and Department of Science Open Access Policy

In July 2014, the Department of Biotechnology and the Department of Science, Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India released a draft Open Access Policy. CIS participated in discussions along with experts brought on board by the Drafting Committee to develop and review the open access policy. As a follow-up, CIS prepared comments to the draft Policy. This post makes available CIS' comments to the draft Policy.

Andhra Loyola College and the Centre for Internet & Society sign MoU for Better Net Access
Doctors and Translators Are Working Together to Bridge Wikipedia's Medical Language Gap
Classical Odia Language in the Digital Age
Wiki Loves Pride 2014 and Adding Diversity to Wikipedia
University of Mysore Re-releases Kannada Vishwakosha (Encyclopaedia) under Creative Commons Free License
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Digital Humanities and the Alt-Academy

The emergence of Digital Humanities (DH) has been contemporaneous to the ‘crisis’ in the humanities, spurred by changing social and economic conditions which have urged us to rethink traditional methods, locations and concepts of research and pedagogy. This blog post examines the emergence of the phenomenon of the alt-academy in the West, and examines the nuances and possibilities of such a space in the Indian context.

Asia in the Edges: A Narrative Account of the Inter-Asia Cultural Studies Summer School in Bangalore
Reading from a Distance — Data as Text
," Let There be Geometry"
Living in the Archival Moment
Not a Goodbye; More a ‘Come Again’: Thoughts on being Research Director at a moment of transition
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Digital Natives
Reaping the Benefits of Gamification
Reaping the Benefits of Gamification

As a part of the Making Change blog-post series, in this post we will identify a new technique: gamification. This technique is being used for sustainable environment conservation by modern day change-makers. We interview two out of three co-founders of Reap benefit- Kamal Raj and Gautam Prakash who believe in the adoption of more sustained environmental practices that induce social change towards conserving the environment.

From Taboo to Beautiful - Menstrupedia
Multimedia Storytellers: Panel Discussion
Bridging the Information Divide - Political Quotient
Information Structures for Citizen Participation - Janaagraha
Digital Design: Human Behavior vs. Technology - Vita Beans
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