Digital and the Everyday: from codes to cloud

A 3-day Winter School organized by the Centre for IT & Public Policy (CITAPP) at IIIT-Bangalore

11th -13th December 2017

(Application deadline: 12th November 2017)

Concept and Theme

The Winter School 2017, positioned at the intersection of information technology and social sciences, will address the following theme this year – Digital and the Everyday: from codes to cloud.

As digital technologies are proliferating, our everyday lives have become a series of digitally mediated interactions. From entertainment to education, from health to welfare, from banking to transportation, each of these everyday services are directly or indirectly embedded in the web of digital networks. This entanglement of the digital and the everyday demands a more holistic understanding of these increasingly socio-technical systems that we experience through our everyday lives.

Winter School 2017 takes an interdisciplinary approach to unpack and analyze different elements of our digitally mediated social existence. The agenda for the winter school programme mainly revolves around the following questions:

What are the building blocks of these digital networks? Are they just a combination of software and hardware, or do they involve infrastructure, regulations, policy frameworks, institutional mechanisms and much more?

For example, the smartphone notification which reminds a user of a scheduled flight and also recommends the quickest way to the airport, is enabled by numerous technologies, most notably machine learning and data analytics, which in turn are dependent on the user’s data as well as of others in this shared digital space. Such an interaction raises several issues, such as those on algorithms and data, privacy, and the shaping of digital identities. It also points towards a multitude of actors that include engineers, policy-makers, designers, users, corporates, as well as activists.

The intertwined nature of some of these issues will be addressed at Winter School 2017 by drawing upon IIIT-B’s research in the area of IT & Society, consulting and other activities being undertaken at CITAPP, and its pioneering Masters Programme in Digital Society.

Programme Structure

The programme consists of lectures, interactive discussions, film screenings and group activities. At the end of the three day programme, participants will present a poster on a specific aspect of the digital and everyday discussed during the Winter School. The sessions will be conducted during 9 am and 5 pm every day. Detailed schedule of the programme will be available by 3rd week of November 2017.

Eligibility and Applications

The minimum requirement to be eligible for the Winter School is a Bachelor’s degree in any discipline. Those in their final year may also apply. Working professionals employed in the government, corporate and not-for-profit sectors are also encouraged to apply.

To apply, please fill in the Application Form at:

https://goo.gl/BdtNWT

Applications must be submitted by 12th November 2017. Accepted candidates will be notified by 17th November 2017.

Other Details

There is no fee for attending the Winter School. Outstation participants may be provided accommodation at IIIT-B’s hostels on payment of applicable charges.

FAQs

For further queries, please write to: winterschool2017@iiitb.ac.in


Also read: Winter School 2016 – Decoding the Digital