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Blog Entry Infrastructure as Digital Politics: Media Practices and the Assam NRC Citizen Identification Project (Draft Paper)
by Khetrimayum Monish Singh published May 15, 2018 last modified May 15, 2018 03:35 PM — filed under: , , , , , , ,
The National Register of Citizens (NRC) exercise in Assam focuses on updating the list of Indian citizens in the state. A highly sensitive, controversial and massive exercise, the government has had several strategies to manage this project. One of the ways has been in which the government has engaged with and positioned itself, vis-a-vis the media, specifically through Facebook and Twitter, and on its own official website. This paper by Khetrimayum Monish Singh and Nazifa Ahmed is a discourse analysis of media content and user opinions on Facebook, and media responses on the NRC official website. These reflect bureaucratic practices of efficiency, transparency, trust and anxiety management; user feedback, confusion, political concerns and opinions help in accounting for and navigating through the system, and contribute to building up the NRC as an information infrastructure. We focus on how these two processes through media practices co-produce 'the sociotechnical building and maintenance' (Star and Bowker, 1999; Star and Ruhleder, 1996) of the NRC as an information infrastructure.
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Blog Entry Revealing Protesters on the Fringe: Crucifixion Protest in Paraguay
by Denisse Albornoz published Sep 20, 2013 last modified Apr 17, 2015 10:51 AM — filed under: , , ,
An analysis of the crucifix protest in Paraguay in the light of Nishant Shah’s piece: Whose Change is it Anyway? The blog post looks at the physical and symbolic spaces in which narratives of change were conceived and the extent to which information circulating within activates citizen action.
Located in Digital Natives / Blog
Blog Entry Not a Goodbye; More a ‘Come Again’: Thoughts on being Research Director at a moment of transition
by Nishant Shah published Jun 15, 2014 — filed under: , , ,
As I slowly make the news of my transition from being the Research Director at the Centre for Internet and Society, Bangalore, to taking up a professorship at the Leuphana University, Lueneburg, Germany, there is a question that I am often asked: “Are you going to start a new research centre?” And the answer, for the most part, is “No.”
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Blog Entry Living in the Archival Moment
by Sneha PP published Jun 19, 2014 last modified Nov 13, 2015 05:27 AM — filed under: , , , ,
The archive has been and continues to be a key concept in Digital Humanities discourse, particularly in India. The importance of the archive to knowledge production in the Humanities, the implication of changes in archival practice with the advent of electronic publishing and digitisation, and the focus on curation as a critical and creative process are some aspects of the debate that this blog post looks at.
Located in RAW / Digital Humanities
Blog Entry Methods for Social Change
by Denisse Albornoz published Nov 30, 2013 last modified Apr 17, 2015 10:42 AM — filed under: , , ,
On this brief introduction, I outline the main targets of my research project for CIS and the HIVOS Knowledge Program. As a response to the thought piece ‘Whose Change is it Anyway’ I will explore civic engagement among middle class youth over the course of the next 9 months by interviewing change makers and collectives that are part of multi-stakeholder projects in Bangalore.
Located in Digital Natives / Making Change
Blog Entry Digital Design: Human Behavior vs. Technology - Vita Beans
by Denisse Albornoz published Mar 04, 2014 last modified Oct 24, 2015 02:29 PM — filed under: , , , ,
What comes first? Understanding human behavior and communication patterns to design digital technologies? Or should our technologies have the innate capacity to adapt to the profiles of all its potential users? This post will look at accessibility challenges for digital immigrants and the importance of behavioral science for the design of digital technologies. We interview Amruth Bagali Ravindranath from Vita Beans.
Located in Digital Natives / Making Change
Blog Entry Call for Applications: 'Maps for Making Change' - Using Geographical Mapping Techniques to Support Struggles for Social Justice in India
by Anja Kovacs published Oct 30, 2009 last modified Oct 05, 2015 03:04 PM — filed under: , , , ,
Deadline: 20 November 2009. Maps for Making Change is a two-month project specifically designed for activists and supporters of social movements and campaigns in India. It provides participants with an exciting opportunity to explore how a range of digital mapping techniques can be used to support struggles for social justice. It also allows you to immediately develop and implement in practice a concrete mapping project relevant to your campaign or movement, with full technical support. Interested in joining us? Send in your application by 20 November 2009.
Located in Advocacy / Other Advocacy
Blog Entry Maps for Making Change Kicks Off, and You Can Get Involved!
by Anja Kovacs published Dec 02, 2009 last modified Oct 05, 2015 03:03 PM — filed under: , , , ,
A first in India, Maps for Making Change explores the use of geographical mapping techniques to support struggles for social justice in India. On 3 December, the project officially kicks off during a one-day workshop in Delhi. But even if you can not be there with us in Delhi, there are ways to get involved.
Located in Advocacy / Other Advocacy
Blog Entry Maps for Making Change Wiki Now Open to the Public
by Anja Kovacs published Apr 01, 2010 last modified Oct 05, 2015 03:05 PM — filed under: , ,
Since December 2009, CIS has been coordinating and nurturing the Maps for Making Change project, organised in collaboration with Tactical Tech. During the past four months, participants have been on a challenging yet fertile and inspiring journey that is now slowly coming to an end. Would you like to know more about what has happened in the time that has passed? The Maps for Making Change wiki is a good place to start.
Located in Advocacy / Other Advocacy
Blog Entry Studying Platform Work in Mumbai & New Delhi
by Anushree Gupta, Rajendra Jadhav, Sarah Zia, Simiran Lalvani and Noopur Raval published May 05, 2022 — filed under: , ,
A report by Centre for Internet & Society (CIS) and Azim Premji University (APU) maps platform work in India and notes from four studies of workers driving taxis and delivering food for platform companies.
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