Stories from the margins
CCDS conducts media literacy workshops that not only help socially-excluded urban communities understand and use the internet, but also represent their voice online by creating their own content.
Phule Nagar: Connected
In a pilot project aimed at addressing digital inequality in urban India, 1200 low-income and socially-excluded households in Phule Nagar, Pune, have free WiFi internet access. To overcome barriers of age, gender, education and ICT skills, a computer and internet literacy centre has been set up in the settlement.
Mee, Aai Ani Internet
CCDS's research on barriers to internet access reveals that only one in 10 women from low-income, socially-excluded urban communities were online in 2014, as against 3 out of 10 men. Priya is one of the few women to have not just the resources, but the freedom, to access the internet. In this film she discusses why she is an exception in her neighbourhood, the barriers that keep women offline, and how she has encouraged her mother to complete her education and use the internet for her studies
The unseen divide
India's digital revolution is not carrying along the visually disabled. In this CCDS film the visually disabled students of Pune University recount how they struggle to download cracked versions of expensive screen-reading programs, how they're barred from the e-commerce sites, and how they manage to complete their education thanks to the assistive technologies provided by the learning centre for the blind
Real Net Natives
For young male internet users from low-income urban settlements, the real and the virtual have fused. Online, caste, income, educational and occupational barriers can be transcended, the distance between genders bridged.
A film by Aritra Bhattacharya, produced by Centre for Communication and Development Studies, Pune, as part of its project on internet access for the urban poor. Supported by Ford Foundation.
Internet: Sabka haq
CCDS researches barriers to internet access for the urban poor, creates internet literacy material and conducts workshops in low-income settlements of Pune. This film has been made by participants of a short filmmaking workshop in Ambedkar Nagar, Market Yard, a predominantly dalit settlement. Our workshops are designed to enable marginalised groups in urban India to not just consume online content but produce content themselves, making their voices heard through the internet
Learning to connect
At one of CCDS's research locations, Mahatma Phule Nagar in Bhosari, Pimpri-Chinchwad, a pilot project managed by Telxess and supported by Ford Foundation, provides free wifi to all residents for an 18-month period. Computer literacy classes are conducted throughout the day. CCDS conducted a short filmmaking workshop for the women who have just completed their computer course
Bridging the digital divide one child at a time
At the MCE Society's Azam Campus in Pune, digital literacy is considered fundamental to social inclusion. Computer education at this state-of-the-art wifi campus with 2,800 computers begins in class 1 for Urdu, Marathi or English-medium students, 80% of whom are Muslims, from economically weaker backgrounds. This short film produced by CCDS focuses on one of MCE's 29 institutions, the Urdu-medium girls' school
The privacy puzzle
In low-income, resource-poor neighbourhoods where mobile phones and other internet-linked devices are shared and unfamiliarity with the English language and online protocols forces users to get local intermediaries to set up their email and FB accounts, privacy becomes a dodgy and complex issue
This community video looks at the gender divide in internet access in the low-income urban neighbourhoods of Pune where the filmmaker lives. Why, she asks, are women kept away from the internet? Is it yet another way to safeguard patriarchy within the family?