Centre for Internet & Society

This cluster focuses on questions arising from the social, political, and material dimensions of the web-based interactions, communities, and cultures. Our interests range across the topics of digital activism and practices and discourses of social change, forms and norms of online communities, experiences of body and intimacy, structures of violence and affect, and device cultures and materiality of interfaces.








Recent Posts


Blog Entry Digital Activism in Asia Reader by Sumandro Chattapadhyay — last modified Oct 24, 2015 02:36 PM
The digital turn might as well be marked as an Asian turn. From flash-mobs in Taiwan to feminist mobilisations in India, from hybrid media strategies of Syrian activists to cultural protests in Thailand, we see the emergence of political acts that transform the citizen from being a beneficiary of change to becoming an agent of change. In co-shaping these changes, what the digital shall be used for, and what its consequences will be, are both up for speculation and negotiation. Digital Activism in Asia marks a particular shift where these questions are no longer being refracted through the ICT4D logic, or the West’s attempts to save Asia from itself, but shaped by multiplicity, unevenness, and urgencies of digital sites and users in Asia. It is our great pleasure to present the Digital Activism in Asia Reader.
Blog Entry Digital Activism in Asia Reader: Announcement by Puthiya Purayil Sneha — last modified Oct 24, 2015 02:22 PM
The CIS-RAW programme organized an editorial workshop on March 6-7, 2015, as part of its project on a Digital Activism in Asia Reader. The project is a collaborative effort of the Centre for Internet and Society and the Centre for Digital Cultures, Leuphana University, Germany, which aims to bring together local knowledge, debates and conversations around Digital Activism in Asia.
Blog Entry The Spaces of Digital by Puthiya Purayil Sneha — last modified Oct 24, 2015 01:41 PM
'The Spaces of Digital’ continues from the work done on the CIS-RAW monograph on the Internet, Society and Space in Indian Cities, by Pratyush Shankar at Center for Environmental Planning and Technology University, Ahmedabad. The premise of this monograph was the debates around making of IT Cities and public planning policies that regulate and restructure the city spaces in India with the emergence of internet technologies.
Production Sprint — A Public Exhibition at CIS Jun 07, 2014 from 05:00 PM to 07:00 PM The Centre for Internet and Society (opposite Domlur Club) and near to TERI Complex, No.194, 2nd C Cross, Domlur 2nd Stage, Bangalore 560071, by Prasad Krishna
The Making Change project invites you for a public exhibition of stories of change from all over Asia, where the first of its Production Sprints will take place. The exhibition will be held at the Centre for Internet and Society (CIS) office in Bangalore on June 7, 2014 between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Blog Entry Reaping the Benefits of Gamification by Dipali Sheth — last modified Oct 24, 2015 02:24 PM
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.
Blog Entry From Taboo to Beautiful - Menstrupedia by Denisse Albornoz — last modified Oct 24, 2015 02:25 PM
On this post, we take a look at 'menstrual activism' -a movement that despite its trajectory in feminism, remains unnoticed in most accounts of traditional and digital activism. We interview Tuhin Paul, the artist and storyteller behind Menstrupedia, an India-based social venture creating comics to shatter the myths and misunderstandings surrounding menstruation around the world.
Blog Entry Multimedia Storytellers: Panel Discussion by Denisse Albornoz — last modified Oct 24, 2015 02:26 PM
This post brings three storytellers together to find points of intersection between their methods. The format will be that of a panel discussion and it features: Arjun Srivathsa from Pocket Science India, Ameen Haque from the Storywallahs, and Ajay Dasgupta from The Kahani Project. They discuss technology, interpretation and action in storytelling.
Blog Entry Bridging the Information Divide - Political Quotient by Denisse Albornoz — last modified Oct 24, 2015 02:28 PM
On this post, we will unpack 'information poverty'- a problem lying at the very foundation of the crises that inspired this project and a barrier impacting political action. We interview Surabhi HR, the founder director of the political consulting firm Political Quotient, an initiative that seeks to change how youth interacts with politics in India
Blog Entry Information Structures for Citizen Participation - Janaagraha by Denisse Albornoz — last modified Oct 24, 2015 02:28 PM
In our efforts to understand how change is conceptualized in the digital era, we find a growing emphasis on the role of effective information structures to empower the citizen and the government. We interview Joylita Saldanha from Janaagraha to answer questions around information, participation and e-governance.
Blog Entry Digital Design: Human Behavior vs. Technology - Vita Beans by Denisse Albornoz — last modified Oct 24, 2015 02:29 PM
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.