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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 Love in the Time of Tinder
by Nishant Shah published Oct 17, 2016 — filed under: ,
Service providers and information aggregators mine our information and share it in ways that we cannot imagine.
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Blog Entry Mobilizing Online Consensus: Net Neutrality and the India Subreddit
by Sujeet George published Sep 27, 2016 last modified Sep 27, 2016 04:52 AM — filed under: , , , ,
This essay by Sujeet George is part of the 'Studying Internet in India' series. The author offers a preliminary gesture towards understanding reddit’s usage and breadth in the Indian context. Through an analysis of the “India” subreddit and examining the manner and context in which information and ideas are shared, proposed, and debunked, the paper aspires to formulate a methodology for interrogating sites like reddit that offer the possibilities of social mediation, even as users maintain a limited amount of privacy. At the same time, to what extent can such news aggregator sites direct the ways in which opinions and news flows change course as a true marker of information generation responding to user inputs.
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Blog Entry Mock-Calling – Ironies of Outsourcing and the Aspirations of an Individual
by Sreedeep published Aug 06, 2015 last modified Aug 06, 2015 05:00 AM — filed under: , , ,
This post by Sreedeep is part of the 'Studying Internets in India' series. He is an independent photographer and a Fellow at the Centre for Public Affairs and Critical Theory, Shiv Nadar University, Delhi. In this essay, Sreedeep explores the anxieties and ironies of the unprecedented IT/BPO boom in India through the perspective and experiences of a new entrant in the industry, a decade ago. The narrative tries to capture some of the radical hedonistic consequences of the IT-burst on our lifestyles, imagination and aspirations delineated and fraught with layers of conscious deception and prolonged probation.
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Blog Entry Quarter Life Crisis: The World Wide Web turns 25 this year
by Nishant Shah published Sep 09, 2016 last modified Sep 16, 2016 01:25 PM — filed under: ,
With the unexplained ban on websites, the state seems to have stopped caring for the digital rights of its citizens.
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Blog Entry Studying Internet in India (2016): Selected Abstracts
by Sumandro Chattapadhyay published Jul 05, 2016 last modified Jul 06, 2016 06:24 AM — filed under: , , ,
We received some great submissions and decided to select twelve abstracts, and not only ten as we planned earlier. Here are the abstracts.
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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 Studying the Internet Discourse in India through the Prism of Human Rights
by Deva Prasad M published Jul 22, 2015 — filed under: , , , ,
This post by Deva Prasad M is part of the 'Studying Internets in India' series. Deva Prasad is Assistant Professor at the National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore. In this essay, he analyses key public discussions around Internet related issues from the human rights angle, and explores how this angle may contribute to understanding the features of the Internet discourse in India.
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Blog Entry Tech Anthropology Today: Collaborate, Rather than Fetishize from Afar
by Geert Lovink and Ramesh Srinivasan published May 16, 2017 last modified May 16, 2017 02:51 PM — filed under: , , , ,
"That is why the 'offline' if you will is so critical to understanding the 'online'—because they do not exist in isolation and what we have constructed is an illusory binary between the two." In this interview, Geert Lovink discusses with Ramesh Srinivasan: “how can we embrace the realities of communities too-often relegated to the margins?”
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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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