CCDS Team

CCDS Team

A brief summary of the objectives and vision of the Digital India programme

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?

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The Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) has said that Internet access is a key to the centre-driven Digital India program while local content remains a key challenge.

Vikas Waghmare, a visually-impaired systems administrator at a Pune NGO, discusses the JAWS screen reader program that has opened up the internet to him and allows him to keep abreast of tech developments and communities around the world.

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The economy around the internet is thriving in low-income urban settlements, regardless of barriers of literacy and language. This 17-year-old school drop-out charges a fee for setting up Gmail and Facebook accounts for the uninitiated, sells song and video packages that he transfers onto phones and pendrives, and serves as the neighbourhood guide to the online world. Much cooler than working in a local manufacturing unit, he says, and much more lucrative.

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Zensar Foundation announced the launch of the first National Digital Literacy Mission (NDLM) Centre in Pune. This Centre has been set up in the Annabhau Sathe Samaj Mandir in the Yamuna Nagar slum community, located in Viman Nagar. The centre has been set up in partnership with the Pune Municipal Corporation and NASSCOM Foundation.

At a 2-day workshop in a Kondhwa settlement, 14 young women discussed the gender dynamics that impact their access to technology and worked on a multimedia presentation exploring gender and technology.

In a world with 3 billion online, 1 billion websites and 40,000 google searches processed per second, being disconnected from the internet is a serious disadvantage. Prof Kannamma Raman discusses the ramifications of digital inequality

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Millions of comments, conversations and tweets are added to cyberspace every day. You'd expect all this discussion and debate to be strengthening democracy and the public sphere. Prof Kannamma Raman demolishes the myth of cyberspace as inclusive public sphere in this talk organised by CCDS for students of media and communications

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The internet has brought a sense of freedom, sharing and belonging to the transgender community. This film made by Disha Kene explores the barriers she and some of her friends have overcome to get online, how they have learnt their way around the internet and how integral it has become to their lives and identities.

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