has been awarded a four-month Public Scholar fellowship by The Hindu Centre for Politics and Public Policy, Chennai to study BharatNet, a Government of India initiative to support rural broadband connectivity in the country. This policy initiative by the Indian government is the largest rural connectivity project of its kind in the world. The fellowship will run from May 2016 to August 2016.
Professor Haripriya Rangan, Director of Research and Academic Programs at the , and Principal Fellow with the University of Melbourne’s School of Geography, visited IIIT Bangalore on 19th and 20th April for discussions with relevant members of the faculty to initiate the process of having Australian students enroll for the M.Sc. (Digital Society) programme.
Onkar Hoysala, an MS (by Research) student in the IT and Society domain, was awarded the Sarai Short Term Research Project 2016 fellowship. His research will focus on how software tools for Intelligent Transportation System research, which are often developed in (and for) contexts outside India, shape the work and the research of researchers in Indian contexts. The fellowship is run by the at the Centre for Study of Developing Societies, and invited proposals looking at contemporary social and digital media. Onkar’s proposal addressed one of the themes of the call, practice-based research on software. The fellowship will run from March 2016 to August 2016.
The proposal titled “Moral Economy of the Digital in Transport: A Study of Ola Auto”, authored by Kavitha Narayanan, Onkar Hoysala and Janaki Srinivasan, has been accepted for presentation in the Mini-Conference on Moral Economies of the Digital at the 28th Annual Conference of the , to be held between 24th – 26th June, 2016 at University of California – Berkeley.
Amit Prakash delivered a guest lecture on ‘Public Health Management and Information Systems’ at the Center for Public Health, National Institute of Mental Health & Neuro Science (NIMHANS) on 29th January 2016. The audience included students of the Masters in Public Health programme at NIMHANS.
V. Sridhar was a panelist in the session on “Network Neutrality Regulation Across South Asia: A Roundtable on Aspects of Differential Pricing” organized by Observer Research Foundation, IT for Change and the Centre for Internet and Society, Bengaluru, on 22nd January 2016.
He was also invited to be a panelist in the session on “Data Privacy”, organized by Data Security Council of India (DSCI) Bengaluru Chapter, Bengaluru, on 28th January 2016.