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Blog Entry 101 Ways of Starting an ISP:* No. 53 - Conversation, Content and Weird Fiction
by Surfatial published Aug 03, 2016 — filed under: , , ,
This essay by Surfatial is part of the 'Studying Internet in India' series. It argues that the internet has created a space for philosophical questioning among contemporary Indian participants which can develop further, despite common assertions that online spaces are largely uncivil and abusive. It actively explores how anonymous and pseudonymous content production may offer a method for exploring and expressing the internet in India, with a certain degree of freedom, and how spam-like methods may prove effective in puncturing filter bubbles.
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Blog Entry Do I Want to Say Happy B’day?
by Nishant Shah published Aug 07, 2016 last modified Aug 22, 2016 09:53 AM — filed under: , , ,
When it comes to greeting friends on their birthdays, social media prompts are a great reminder. So why does an online message leave us cold?
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Blog Entry The Curious Incidents on Matrimonial Websites in India
by Abhimanyu Roy published Aug 30, 2016 last modified Aug 30, 2016 10:52 AM — filed under: , ,
This essay by Abhimanyu Roy is part of the 'Studying Internet in India' series. The author explores how the curious interplays between the arranged marriage market in India the rise of matrimonial sites such as Jeevansathi.com and Shaadi.com. The gravity of the impact that such web-based services have on the lives of users is substantially greater than most other everyday web-enabled transactions, such as an Uber ride or a Foodpanda order. From outright fraud to online harassment, newspaper back pages are filled with nightmare stories that begin on a matrimonial website. So much so that the Indian government has set up a panel to regulate matrimonial sites. The essay analyses the role of matrimonial websites in modern day India, and the challenges this awkward amalgamation of the internet and love gives rise to.
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Blog Entry Studying Internet in India: Selected Abstracts
by Sumandro Chattapadhyay published May 10, 2015 last modified Aug 28, 2015 06:53 AM — filed under: , , ,
We received thirty five engaging abstracts in response to the call for essays on 'Studying Internet in India.' Here are the ten selected abstracts. The final essays will be published from June onwards.
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Blog Entry Call for Essays: Offline
by Puthiya Purayil Sneha published Aug 09, 2018 last modified Aug 20, 2018 06:58 AM — filed under: , , , ,
Who is offline, and is it a choice? The global project of bringing people online has spurred several commendable initiatives in expanding access to digital devices, networks, and content, and often contentious ones such as Free Basics / internet.org, which illustrate the intersectionalities of scale, privilege, and rights that we need to be mindful of when we imagine the offline. Further, the experience of the internet, for a large section of people is often mediated through prior and ongoing experiences of traditional media, and through cultural metaphors and cognitive frames that transcend more practical registers such as consumption and facilitation. How do we approach, study, and represent this disembodied internet – devoid of its hypertext, platforms, devices, it's nuts and bolts, but still tangible through engagement in myriad, personal and often indiscernible ways. The [email protected] programme invites abstracts for essays that explore dimensions of offline lives.
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Blog Entry Essays on 'Offline' - Selected Abstracts
by Puthiya Purayil Sneha published Sep 06, 2018 last modified Sep 06, 2018 02:14 PM — filed under: , , ,
In response to a recent call for essays that explore various dimensions of offline lives, we received 22 abstracts. Out of these, we have selected 10 pieces to be published as part of a series titled 'Offline' on the upcoming [email protected] blog. Please find below the details of the selected abstracts.
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Blog Entry Welcome to [email protected] blog!
by Puthiya Purayil Sneha published Jan 02, 2019 last modified Jan 02, 2019 11:48 AM — filed under: , , , ,
We from the [email protected] programme at the Centre for Internet and Society (CIS) are delighted to announce the launch of our new blog, hosted on Medium. It will feature works by researchers and practitioners working in India and elsewhere at the intersections of internet, digital media, and society; and highlights and materials from ongoing research and events at the [email protected] programme.
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Blog Entry The Many Lives and Sites of Internet in Bhubaneswar
by Sailen Routray published Sep 21, 2015 — filed under: , , ,
This post by Sailen Routray is part of the 'Studying Internets in India' series. Sailen is a researcher, writer, editor and translator who lives and works in Bhubaneswar. In this essay, he takes a preliminary step towards capturing some of the experiences of running and using internet cafes, experiences that lie at the interstices of (digital) objects and spaces, that are at the same time a history of the internet as well as a personal history of the city.
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Blog Entry Call for Essays — #List
by Puthiya Purayil Sneha published Jul 12, 2019 last modified Oct 11, 2019 05:07 PM — filed under: , , , , , ,
The [email protected] programme at CIS invites abstracts for essays that explore social, economic, cultural, political, infrastructural, or aesthetic dimensions of the ‘list’. We have selected 4 abstracts among those received before August 31, 2019, and are now accepting and evaluating further submissions on a rolling basis.
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Blog Entry WhatsApp and Transnational Lower-End Trading Networks
by Maitrayee Deka published Jun 30, 2015 last modified Sep 13, 2015 10:44 AM — filed under: , ,
This post by Maitrayee Deka is part of the 'Studying Internets in India' series. Maitrayee is a postdoctoral research fellow with the EU FP7 project, P2P value in the Department of Sociology, University of Milan, Italy. Her broader research interests are New Media, Economic Sociology and Gender and Sexuality. This is the first of Maitrayee's two posts on WhatsApp and networks of commerce and sociality among lower-end traders in Delhi.
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