Internet Inclusion

Internet Inclusion

Digital India might be the biggest push towards inclusive e-governance in India. But the history of e-governance goes back to the 1970s, when the government established the Department of Electronics, followed by the National Informatics Centre. Maharashtra was the first state to have a dedicated e-governance policy

People use the internet, much as they did the telegraph since 1838, to keep in touch, be informed and be entertained. But the state’s intent for offering internet is often tied to e-governance and livelihoods. China’s experience illustrates the disconnect between top-down technology policy and bottom-up need-driven internet use, and prompts us to ask what access to the internet really means, what the internet should be used for, and who drives access and use

Conscious that the digital divide is accentuating social, economic and gender inequalities,  MCE Society at Azam Campus emphasizes free or subsidized digital learning from class 1 onwards. Roughly 80% of the students on this wifi campus with state-of-the-art computer labs come from poor Muslim families

At Zensar’s Digital Learning Centre in Yamuna Nagar, semi-literate women are encountering computers and the internet for the very first time. The initiative, in partnership with the PMC and Nasscom Foundation, aims to bring digital literacy to every household in the low-income settlement

After the success of the SARATHI e-governance initiative and helpline, the PCMC's touchscreen kiosks provide information about public services and allow citizens to register their grievances. This service is designed to reach out to those who do not have their own internet or phone connection

In June, some offensive images posted on Facebook and Whatsapp caused communal tension, violence and one death in Pune. The Social Peace Force believes in using digital means to tackle digital violence

Suneeta Kulkarni of Sugata Mitra's School in the Cloud initiative discusses how free and open internet access helps underprivileged children take control of their own learning

A recent newspaper article announcing the setting up of the world’s longest free wi-fi zone (20 km long) in Patna, capital of the state of Bihar (one of the most economically backward states of India, and not one known for its prowess in technology) took everyone by surprise. If the initiative has indeed moved from plan to actual implementation and operation, this would be an amazing development as, besides the wi-fi, the Bihar chief minister has unveiled another scheme: the setting up of a network of citywide CCTV cameras. The two initiatives, when combined, would constitute a powerful all-round public surveillance mechanism that can be used by law enforcement agencies like the police to help check crime.

Neeta Hemant Nikam, a resident of Dattawadi in Akurdi area, called the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation’s new helpline on December 21, 2013, to report a missing drain cover and overflowing sewage on the street near Adarsh Mitra Mandal in her locality. She feared the open drains might prove a deathtrap for unsuspecting passersby and drivers on the street, especially in the dark.

Understanding and evaluating kinship is the basis of social anthropology; and filial relationships are central to the study of kinship. Studying and analysing the complex communicative interactions in filial relationships in everyday life is a fertile area for anthropologists who study these interactions through an extensive immersive in-depth process called ethnography. New media enters this arena of kinship, catalysing and transforming communication processes, patterns and channels. This essay looks at this changing landscape of interpersonal communication among filial kinship, offering a rich tableau of social change and continuity.

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