The Centre for Information Technology and Public Policy (CITAPP) at IIIT Bangalore is an interdisciplinary think-tank set-up to focus on the policy challenges and the organizational demands made by technological innovation. Of particular interest to the Centre is how technological advances along with institutional changes, that harness the legitimacy and the powers of bureaucracies and market, address the needs of underserved communities.
It seeks to provide a means to nurture and transform public policy through the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) by engaging with academic faculty and researchers, policy planners, political leaders and community representatives, technology vendors, public officials and civil society organisations.
The Centre brings together best-practices demonstrating the power of ICTs and analytical tools for information management, modelling, and forecasting. It engages in research and evaluation studies of topics where ICTs and public interest intersect.
The Centre has the following specific objectives:
- Assist in decision-making and build capacity: Help decision-makers understand and analyse the inter-relatedness of policy making, and the problems and issues associated with translating policy to action. Enhance capacities of decision makers to work with technology-enabled governance platforms.
- Integrate technologies: Bring together the different kinds of technology that researchers are interested in, such as mapping and GIS, graphing and analytics, simulation tools, search and indexing technologies, and databases.
- Conduct research: Ensure that government has rigorous input when making policy choices for the future.
- Empower the general public and enable advocacy: Traditional ICT applications focus on the analytical, data handling and hardware/software aspects of technology. In contrast, the Centre looks at technology as an enabler for empowering less-privileged social groups.