Call for Application

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CITAPP invites applications for RESEARCH ASSOCIATE positions for its project titled “National Digital IDs, efficiency and/or inclusion: a democratic dilemma”

About the Project

Legal identification for all is listed as a Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as it will help hitherto excluded populations to be included in mainstay of state and economy (United Nations). Even before the announcement of SDGs in 2015, many developing countries have taken to large scale ID projects for public service delivery as part of their development policy (Gelb and Clarke 2013). However, not all of these efforts of legal identification are considered to be adequate and appropriate for achieving the inclusive development as defined by SDGs. We concur with the above assumption that identity issues are complex for two reasons; a) the problem statement around digital ID systems are far from being defined and agreed upon by different actors/communities and b) there is a gap between the fragmented cultural and political system of multiple identities and the rational-legal system of unitary identities. With this understanding of the complexity, we set out to conduct a long-term, multi-sited study of Aadhaar, which is often hailed as a success story of digital ID systems. The objective of our study is to unravel to what extent Aadhaar’s claim of inclusiveness fares well on the ground and what are its overall implications for Indian democracy.

About the Position

This is a full time research position which requires desk research, extensive fieldwork across India and also academic writing. The applicant should be familiar with both quantitative and qualitative research methods with expertise in at least one. The applicant should be committed to inter-disciplinary research, and should have expertise that includes, but is not limited to, information economics, political-economy of the information communication technology, ICTs for development, including e-governance and other policy domains. Besides assisting on research projects, research associates are also encouraged to assist faculty in teaching and student supervision.

Applicants with a consistently excellent academic record, who have either a Master’s degree in social sciences (or, an equivalent degree in science/technology), or, will do so shortly, are welcome to apply. IIIT-B provides an attractive intellectual environment and a compensation package to match the best academic institutions in the country. The initial contract will be for one year with possibility of extension on mutually agreed terms.

How to Apply

Interested candidates may please apply with their latest CV and a Statement of Purpose to . The last date of application is 31st July 2018.

E-Health Research Center (EHRC) has received a seed grant

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January 2018

The E-Health Research Center (EHRC) has received a seed grant from the Department of Health and Family Welfare, Government of Karnataka in early January 2018, for a proposal submitted by the EHRC core team (Profs. T. K. Srikanth, Amit Prakash, and Jaya Sreevalsan Nair), including inputs from Prof. Madhav Rao.

Winter School 2017 on ‘Digital and the Everyday: from codes to cloud’

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A 3-day Winter School is being organized by CITAPP at IIIT Bangalore during 11th-13th December 2017. This year’s theme is Digital and the Everyday: from codes to cloud. Applications need to be submitted by 12th November 2017.

Read the detailed call for applications here:

The schedule for the Winter School 2017 is out! Check your schedule here.

Note: The selection process for CITAPP Winter School 2017 is now over. Selected candidates have been notified by email. In case you have applied for the Winter School and have not heard from us, please ensure you have also checked your spam folder. This year, we received a large number of applications and hence, have sent email notification only to the selected candidates.

Admission announcement for PhD and MS (by Research) programmes at IIIT Bangalore: IT & Society Domain

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IIIT-B invites applications for its research degree programs, namely, Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Science by Research/ Master of Science (Research) programs. This call for admissions is for academic year 2017-18 (Term 2) starting in January 2018. The online application portal will be open from 23rd October to 11th November 2017.

Research areas for the IT & Society research domain:

  • Digital Infrastructures (particularly access, exclusion, use, disuse, breakdown, failures, authentication/non-authentication, repair, and maintenance of public infrastructures of WiFi and biometrics systems such as Aadhaar)
  • Geographic Information Systems and their use in delivery of digital services
  • Gender and ICTs
  • ICTs and Development (particularly Open Development)
  • ICTs in Governance (particularly e-Governance, Biometrics and Digital Identities in Governance, Governance Analytics and Toolkits)
  • ICTs in Health (particularly around designing assistive technologies for persons with disabilities)
  • ICT Industry (particularly on Automation and its effect on ICT labour force; and how changes in the information technology industry influence the professional trajectories of the information technology professional)
  • ICT Policies (in telecommunications, data protection and security, data privacy, cross-border data flow)
  • Social and Digital Media (studying their use and evaluating their impact)

Minimum Eligibility Criteria:

  • Candidates with a Masters degree in any of the social sciences are eligible to apply for Master of Science by Research/ Master of Science (Research) and Doctor of Philosophy in the ITS domain.
  • In addition, candidates with a four-year Bachelors degree in engineering (B.E., B.Tech. or equivalent) can apply for the Master of Science by Research/ Master of Science (Research) program; and those with a Masters degree in engineering (M.E., M.Tech. or equivalent) can apply for the Doctor of Philosophy program.
  • Candidates are encouraged to provide a valid score in GATE, JRF, NET, GRE, or GMAT along with their applications. Those without such a score may apply as well.
  • For some of the topics, work experience in the information technology industry is desirable but not essential.
  • Shortlisted candidates will have to take a written examination at IIITB when called for interview.

More details at:

Roundtable discussion on ‘People with Disabilities and, Digital Economies, Rural Livelihoods, Inclusion & Participation’

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A round table discussion on People with Disabilities and, Digital Economies, Rural Livelihoods, Inclusion & Participation was held on 16th September 2017. This was organized as part of EHRC and CITAPP’s ongoing collaboration with the Disability NGOs Alliance (, Srishti Institute of Art, Design & Technology ( and Azim Premji University (


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