Nomination for the Best Research paper at the 10th International Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance (ICEGOV 2017)

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Priyanka Ivatury (M.Sc. (Digital Society) 2015) and Angel Jeena presented their paper titled ‘Relevance of participatory approaches in creating ICT systems for public health programmes‘, co-authored with Prof. Amit Prakash, at the 10th International Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance (ICEGOV 2017) held during March 7-9 at New Delhi. It was nominated for the Best Research Paper category at the conference. This paper presents a case for using participatory approaches in the design and development of ICT-based systems that incorporate the complexities embedded in the Indian public health system and bring desired changes, especially in programme implementation processes.

The ICEGOV series is coordinated by the United Nations University Operating Unit on Policy-Driven Electronic Governance (UNU-EGOV) in Portugal. It brings together academia, governments, international organizations, civil society and the private sector on the use of technology to transform the working of government and its relationships with citizens, businesses and other non-state actors in order to improve public governance and its contribution to public policy and development.

Internet Researchers’ Conference 2017 (IRC 17) was held during 3rd – 5th March 2017

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The second edition of  Internet Researchers’ Conference 2017 (IRC 17), co-hosted by the Centre for Internet and Society (CIS) and International Institute of Information Technology Bangalore (IIIT-B) at IIIT-B concluded on March 5, 2017. The 3-day conference held during 3-5 March 2017, had 11 sessions, and witnessed about 60 researchers from all around the country participate actively. There were two open sessions; one on “Digital Pedagogy” and another on “Open Street Map” which saw active participation. The main discussions and paper presentations revolved around digital objects of research, and the digital/internet experiences in Indic languages.

The crowd sourced notes of the conference sessions can be accessed through the Etherpad at: .

Photos of the event can be viewed at the following:

#SelfiesFromTheField session held at IRC17

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on 3rd March at the Internet Researchers Conference.The underlying theme of the session was the challenges researchers face in studying IMIs, with the conflation of the online and the offline.The key provocations of the session addressed issues of data, politics, and the doing of IMI related research.

You can find the crowdsourced notes of this session through the Etherpad .

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V. Sridhar gives talk on ‘Spectrum Management’

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V. Sridhar took an invited session on “Spectrum Management: The Regulatory and Policy challenges”, at the Workshop on Telecom Policy and Regulation for the officials of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) at the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IIT Delhi) on 20th October 2016.

Paper on Ola autos study presented at NIAS

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Kavitha Narayanan presented the paper titled “The Digital Transformation? A Study of Ola Auto“, authored with Onkar Hoysala and Janaki Srinivasan, at the Workshop on Bangalore’s ‘Great Transformation’: Land, Ecologies, Economies , Communities. It was organized by National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), Bangalore during 24th-25th June 2016.

Balaji Parthasarathy delivers talk as a part of Fields of View’s Research in Play lecture series

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was invited to deliver a talk titled “Collaborative Governance for Social Innovation” on Friday, 24 June 2016, as part of the Research in Play lecture series organized by the Bangalore-based NGO .

To explore new possibilities to solve some of the most pressing social challenges of the 21st century, this talk will explore the hybrid domain as an emerging institutional form to generate social innovation.

The shifting relations between states, markets, not-for-profit sectors, and technology shape the landscape for social innovation. The empowerment of low-income populations in India in particular, and in the Global South in general, as contributors of knowledge for social innovation promises developmental impacts that earlier efforts could not deliver. Particularly in the context of state failure to deliver services that fulfill the basic needs of citizens, collaborative governance can serve as an useful alternative to blend economic and social objectives by overriding organizational boundaries which were previously considered ideologically incompatible and, therefore, unbridgeable.