Centre for Internet & Society

Workshop on Archival Standards and Digitisation Workflow

by Admin

P.P. Sneha attended a workshop on Archival Standards and Digitization Workflow organised by the British Library at NCBS, Bangalore, on August 19 - 20, 2019.

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Digital Native: How free is the internet?

by Nishant Shah

It is contradictory and confusing as it amplifies as well as destabilises the order of things.

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Simiran Lalvani - Workers’ fictive kinship relations in Mumbai app-based food delivery

by Sumandro Chattapadhyay

Working in the gig-economy has been associated with economic vulnerabilities. However, there are also moral and affective vulnerabilities as workers find their worth measured everyday by their performance of—and at—work and in every interaction and movement. This essay by Simiran Lalvani is the first among a series of writings by research fellows associated with the 'Mapping Digital Labour in India' project at the CIS, supported by research assistance from Azim Premji University, being published on the Platypus blog of the Committee on the Anthropology of Science, Technology, and Computing (CASTAC). The essay is edited by Noopur Raval, who is co-leading the project concerned.

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Call for Contributions and Reflections: Your experiences in Decolonizing the Internet’s Languages!

by Puthiya Purayil Sneha

Whose Knowledge?, the Oxford Internet Institute, and the Centre for Internet and Society are creating a State of the Internet’s Languages report, as baseline research with both numbers and stories, to demonstrate how far we are from making the internet multilingual. We also hope to offer some possibilities for doing more to create the multilingual internet we want. This research needs the experiences and expertise of people who think about these issues of language online from different perspectives. Read the Call here and share your submission by September 2, 2019.

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Why I’m not going to tell you about the dangers of apps like FaceApp

by Nishant Shah

Concerns about privacy, aimed solely at users, are better directed at owners of digital infrastructure.

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The worrying survival of moon landing conspiracy theorists

by Nishant Shah

The moon landing deniers were the original fake news propagandists. Only, they didn’t have the internet.

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July 2019 Newsletter

by Prasad Krishna

Centre for Internet & Society (CIS) newsletter for July 2019.

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Call for Essays — #List

by Puthiya Purayil Sneha

The [email protected] programme at CIS invites abstracts for essays that explore social, economic, cultural, political, infrastructural, or aesthetic dimensions of the ‘list’. We have selected 4 abstracts among those received before August 31, 2019, and are now accepting and evaluating further submissions on a rolling basis.

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You auto-complete me: romancing the bot

by Sumandro Chattapadhyay

This is an excerpt from an essay by Maya Indira Ganesh, written for and published as part of the Bodies of Evidence collection of Deep Dives. The Bodies of Evidence collection, edited by Bishakha Datta and Richa Kaul Padte, is a collaboration between Point of View and the Centre for Internet and Society, undertaken as part of the Big Data for Development Network supported by International Development Research Centre, Canada.

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#MappingDigitalLabour - Panel discussion on platform-work in Mumbai and New Delhi

by Sumandro Chattapadhyay

With the rise and popularity of app-based platforms such as Ola, Uber, Swiggy Zomato, and others, there are growing public conversation about regulation of such 'gig-work' platforms and the work conditions of people who work for them. The Centre for Internet and Society (CIS) invites you to a panel discussion on Friday, July 19 in our Bangalore office, where the researchers associated with the project will present preliminary findings, and ethical and methodological challenges of studying app-based platform-work in India. Panelists Anushree Gupta, Rajendra Jadhav, Sarah Zia and Simiran Lalvani, who have conducted field studies of ride-hailing and food-delivery work in Mumbai and New Delhi, will share their preliminary field insights along with reflections on what it meant to do such studies, how they went about studying gig-work, and challenges that arose in their work. The discussion will be moderated by Noopur Raval who co-led the project. We invite scholars, journalists, and all interested members of the public to join us for the event. Tea and snacks will be served at 5 pm.

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