Centre for Internet & Society

Tech Anthropology Today: Collaborate, Rather than Fetishize from Afar

by Geert Lovink and Ramesh Srinivasan

"That is why the 'offline' if you will is so critical to understanding the 'online'—because they do not exist in isolation and what we have constructed is an illusory binary between the two." In this interview, Geert Lovink discusses with Ramesh Srinivasan: “how can we embrace the realities of communities too-often relegated to the margins?”

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Digital native: Snap out of outrage mode

by Nishant Shah

Rage at the inequality of the digital world is good. But why stop at the Snapchat CEO?

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Digital native: Are You Still Having Fun?

by Nishant Shah

Before you accept a fun app into your digital ecosystem, prepare yourself for the data you will be giving away.

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Digital native: You can check out, you can never leave

by Nishant Shah

Aadhaar is not something you define and opt into, it is something that defines you.

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March 2017 Newsletter

by Prasad Krishna

Welcome to March 2017 newsletter of the Centre for Internet & Society (CIS).

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Exploring Big Data for Development: An Electricity Sector Case Study from India

by Sumandro Chattapadhyay

This working paper by Ritam Sengupta, Dr. Richard Heeks, Sumandro Chattapadhyay, and Dr. Christopher Foster draws from the field study undertaken by Ritam Sengupta, and is published by the Global Development Institute, University of Manchester. The field study was commissioned by the CIS, with support from the University of Manchester and the University of Sheffield.

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Evaluating Safety Buttons on Mobile Devices: Preview

by Rohini Lakshané and Chinmayi S.K.

Much technological innovation for women is aimed at addressing violence against women. One such ubiquitous intervention is mobile device-based safety applications, also known as emergency applications. Several police departments in India, public transport services, and commercial services such as taxi-hailing apps deploy a mobile device-based “panic button” for the safety of citizens or customers, especially women. However, the proliferation of safety apps through both public and private players raises several concerns, which will be studied through this study by Rohini Lakshané of the CIS and Chinmayi S.K. of The Bachchao Project.

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Digital native: Lie Me a River

by Nishant Shah

The sea of social media around us often drowns the truth, exchanging misinformation for facts.

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Digital native: Who will watch the watchman?

by Nishant Shah

The state mining its citizens as data and suspending rights to privacy under the rhetoric of national security is alarming.

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