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 (


Workshop on Privacy and Global Data Protection: Case of India

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V. Sridhar organized a workshop on Privacy and Global Data Protection: Case of India on 2nd September at IIIT-B. This was organized in partnership with International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). This was part of the Bangalore KnowledgeNet Chapter meeting and included roundtable discussions on the following topics:

Aadhaar and Associated Privacy Issues: which aspects of privacy are being compromised; concerns that are being raised regarding violation of privacy, possibility of identity theft and government surveillance of residents

EU GDPR and the IT Industry: impact of GDPR cross data transfer regulation and its effects on the Indian IT industry

Workshop on ‘Economic Inclusivity in India’ by UCSC

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CITAPP, along with the Everett Program for Technology and Change at the University of California Santa Cruz, organized a workshop on Economic Inclusivity in India: Conceptual and Empirical Recommendations for an Indicator Framework on 19th August, 2017. This workshop is part of a larger study on Inclusive Economies, supported by the Rockefeller Foundation. In its attempt to better promote inclusive economies, they are developing a framework to better understand and measure inclusivity, focusing on five broad dimensions: growth, equity, participation, stability and sustainability.
The workshop was attended by the experts from within Bangalore and other parts of the country. The project team presented its findings from applying the framework in the Indian context and sought expert opinion on the relevance and usefulness of the framework on different aspects of inclusivity and development in India.

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