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Image Billboard in Shanghai
by Nishant Shah last modified Sep 21, 2009 01:37 PM
A large LCD screen display as a part of architecture, at the East Nanjing Road, Shanghai
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File Book 1: To Be, Digital AlterNatives with a Cause?
by Nishant Shah last modified May 15, 2015 12:08 PM — filed under: , , ,
In this first book of the Digital AlterNatives with a Cause? Collection, we concentrate on what it means to be a Digital Native. Within popular scholarship and discourse, it is presumed that digital natives are born digital. Ranging from Mark Prensky’s original conception of the identity which marked all people born after 1980 as Digital Natives to John Palfrey and Urs Gasser’s more nuanced understanding of specific young people in certain parts of the world as ‘Born Digital’, there remains a presumption that the young peoples’ relationship with technology is automatic and natural. In particular, the idea of being ‘born digital’ signifies that there are people who, at a visceral, unlearned level, respond to digital technologies. This idea of being born digital hides the complex mechanics of infrastructure, access, affordability, learning, education, language, gender, etc. that play a significant role in determining who gets to become a digital native and how s/he achieves it. In this book, we explore what it means to be a digital native in emerging information societies. The different contributions in this book posit what it means to be a digital native in different parts of the world. However, none of the contribution accepts the name ‘Digital Native’ as a given. Instead, the different authors demonstrate how there can be no one singular definition of a Digital Native. In fact, they show how, contextualised, historical, socially embedded, politically nuanced understanding of people’s interaction with technology provide a better insight into how one becomes a digital native.
Located in Digital Natives
File Book 2: To Think: Digital AlterNatives with a Cause?
by Nishant Shah last modified Sep 15, 2011 02:35 PM
We started the Digital Natives with a Cause? Knowledge programme, with a series of questions, which were drawn from popular discourse, research, practice, policy and experiences of people engaging with questions of youth, technology and change. Our ambition was to consolidate existing knowledge and to look at knowledge gaps which can be addressed in order to build new frameworks to understand the role that digital natives see themselves playing in their own understanding and vision of change. This Book 2 To Think, takes up the challenge of constructing new approaches and each essay in this book, through case-studies, analyses and divergent perspectives, offers a novel way of understanding processes of technology mediated citizen-driven change.
Located in Digital Natives
File Book 3: To Act : Digital AlterNatives with a Cause?
by Nishant Shah last modified Sep 15, 2011 02:40 PM
In Book 3 of the Digital AlterNatives with a Cause? collective, we enter into dialogue with some of the severest and most heated debates around digital natives and their ability to effect change. To Act collides with the discourse on young people’s ability and role in technology mediated processes of change, heads-on. It deliberates on some very dense questions about how digital natives execute their visions of change using new forms of mobilisation of resources and sharing/production of information.
Located in Digital Natives
File Book 4: To Connect : Digital AlterNatives with a Cause?
by Nishant Shah last modified Sep 15, 2011 02:47 PM
In Book 4, To Connect of the Digital (Alter)Natives with a Cause? series, we try to understand digital natives through their environment. Digital natives do not operate in a vacuum, their actions are shaped by the fast changing geo-political landscape, interaction with other actors and the global architecture of technology. In our Digital Natives with a Cause? research, it has become clear that at the heart of all digital natives discourse lies the question of power. Along with power, questions of race, class, gender and socio-economic situation cannot be ignored when talking about digital natives. We found that on one hand digital natives are destabilising existing power structures and challenging the status quo. On the other, the geo-political context in which digital natives live, affect their activities, beliefs and opinions. Then there are actors that can destroy, influence or support digital native activity which give rise to questions of control that resonate within this new generation
Located in Digital Natives
Blog Entry Book Review: Apocalypse Now Redux
by Nishant Shah published Aug 06, 2016 — filed under: ,
My review for Arundhati Roy and John Cusack's new book that captures their encounter with Edward Snowden, 'Things that can and cannot be said' is now out. It's an engaging, if somewhat freewheeling, political critique of the times we live in.
Located in Internet Governance / Blog
Breaks and Ruptures: In the midst of IT
by Nishant Shah published Dec 19, 2009
In this first story, Nishant looks at the ways in which internet technologies shape multiple imaginations. In the narration of the story, the contextualisation and the responses that the story-tellers make apparent, he located the internet in the midst of contestation, as it restructures social boundaries, traditions and communities. The story of an 'internet wedding' that stands as an iconic landmark for different generations, looking upon the Internet as a radical catalyst for change, lays out the first foundations for the framework of transformation and invisibility this project has embarked upon.
Located in Research / Collaborative Projects Programme / The promise of invisibility - Technology and the City
Bye Bye email?
by Nishant Shah published Aug 23, 2011 — filed under:
Email might be the default method of communication for most of us, but could it be going the telegram way.
Located in Internet Governance
Call for participation: Conference @ Bangalore - 'WikiWars'
by Nishant Shah published Jul 10, 2009 last modified Apr 02, 2011 03:43 PM — filed under:
Call for Participation: Conferences and Reader on critical insights and experiences on the Wikipedia
Located in News & Media
Image Cao Ni Ma plushies
by Nishant Shah last modified Feb 23, 2010 11:09 AM
The Cao Ni Ma became so popular that plushies were sold in the markets.
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