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Blog Entry The State of the Internet's Languages Report
by Puthiya Purayil Sneha published Mar 07, 2022 last modified Mar 07, 2022 03:01 PM — filed under: , , ,
The first-ever State of the Internet’s Languages Report was launched by Whose Knowledge? on February 23, 2022 (just after the International Mother Language day), along with research partners Oxford Internet Institute and the Centre for Internet and Society. This extraordinarily community-sourced effort, with over 100 people involved is now available online, with translations in multiple languages.
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Blog Entry To be Counted When They Count You: Words of Caution for the Gender Data Revolution
by Noopur Raval published Feb 01, 2022 — filed under: , , , , ,
In 2015, after the announcement of the SDGs or Sustainable Development Goals, a new global developmental framework through the year 2030, the United Nations described data as the “lifeblood of decision-making and the raw material for accountability” for the purpose of realizing these developmental goals. This curious yet key link between these new developmental goals and the use of quantitative data for agenda setting invited a flurry of big data-led initiatives such as but not limited to Data2X, that sought to further strengthen and solidify the relationship between ‘Big Development’ and ‘Big Data.’
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Blog Entry Locating Migrants in India’s Gig Economy: A Scoping Report
by Kaarika Das and Srravya C published Jan 04, 2022 — filed under: , , ,
Gig workers working for on-demand platform services have been adversely impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.
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Blog Entry Between Platform and Pandemic: Migrants in India's Gig Economy
by Kaarika Das and Srravya C published Dec 06, 2021 — filed under: , , , , ,
In response to the rising number of COVID-19 cases in India, the central government announced a nationwide lockdown in March 2020.
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Blog Entry Platforms, Power, and Politics: Perspectives from Domestic and Care Work in India
by Aayush Rathi, and Ambika Tandon published Jun 27, 2021 last modified Jul 07, 2021 03:19 PM — filed under: , , , , , ,
CIS has been undertaking a two-year project studying the entry of digital platforms in the domestic and care work in India, supported by the Association for Progressive Communications as part of the Feminist Internet Research Network. Implemented through 2019-21, the objective of the project is to use a feminist lens to critique platform modalities and orient platformisation dynamics in radically different, worker-first ways. Ambika Tandon and Aayush Rathi led the research team at CIS. The Domestic Workers’ Rights Union is a partner in the implementation of the project, as co-researchers. Geeta Menon, head of DWRU, was an advisor on the project, and the research team consisted of Parijatha G.P., Radha Keerthana, Zeenathunnisa, and Sumathi, who are office holders in the union and are responsible for organising workers and addressing their concerns.
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File Atmanirbhar Bharat Meets Digital India
by Ankan Barman published Jun 03, 2021 — filed under: , ,
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Blog Entry Datafication of the Public Distribution System in India
by Sameet Panda published Dec 31, 2020 last modified Aug 09, 2022 08:07 AM — filed under: , , ,
In this study, we look into the datafication of social protection schemes with a special focus on the Public Distribution System in India. Proponents of datafication claim that the benefits will reach the right person and curb leakages through the automation and digitisation of all PDS processes. Aadhaar is the most important link in the datafication; supporters claim that it makes technology people-centric. This study looks at the status of PDS datafication and its impact on the delivery of the scheme in Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand. We also try to understand to what extent the stated objective of portability has been met and how far the challenges faced by the rights holders of the PDS have been resolved.
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Blog Entry Ethics and Human Rights Guidelines for Big Data for Development Research
by Amber Sinha, Manjri Singh, Rajashri Seal, Pranav Bhaskar Tiwari, Pranav M Bidare published May 19, 2020 last modified May 20, 2020 07:56 AM — filed under: , , , ,
This is a four-part review of guideline documents for ethics and human rights in big data for development research. This research was produced as part of the Big Data for Development network supported by International Development Research Centre, Canada
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Blog Entry A Compilation of Research on the Gig Economy
by Aayush Rathi, Ambika Tandon, Sumandro Chattapadhyay published May 19, 2020 — filed under: , , , , , , , ,
Over the past year, researchers at CIS have been studying gig economies and gig workers in India. Their work has involved consultative discussions with domestic workers, food delivery workers, taxi drivers, trade union leaders, and government representatives to document the state of gig work in India, and highlight the concerns of gig workers. The imposition of a severe lockdown in India in response to the outbreak of COVID-19 has left gig workers in precarious positions. Without the privilege of social distancing, these workers are having to contend with a drastic reduction in income, while also placing themselves at heightened health risks.
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Blog Entry Digital transitions in the newsroom: How are Indian language papers adapting differently?
by Zeenab Aneez published Jan 16, 2017 last modified Feb 03, 2017 01:50 AM — filed under: , , ,
In a new report published by the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism and Centre for Internet and Society, Zeenab Aneez explores how Indian newsrooms are adapting their workflow and processes to cater to an increasing digital audience and the implications these changes have on how journalists produce news.
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