February 2016 Bulletin

by Prasad Krishna last modified Mar 20, 2016 05:13 AM

The Centre for Internet & Society is happy to share its February 2016 newsletter. Previous issues of the newsletters can be accessed at http://cis-india.org/about/newsletters.


Highlights
  • The Researchers at Work programme organised the Internet Researchers' Conference 2016 (IRC16) on February 26-28. It was hosted by the Centre for Political Studies at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, and was generously supported by the CSCS Digital Innovation Fund.
  • Subhashish Panigrahi won the Yuva Prerana Samman award. The award was conferred during the 2nd International Conclave of Odia Language (organized by Intellects, a Delhi-based progressive forum of intellectuals) at the India International Centre in New Delhi on February 20, 2016. Odisha News covered the event.
  • Subhashish Panigrahi wrote an article for the Hoot on whether Wikipedia could revive dying Indian languages. Panigrahi stated that by encouraging content and involvement languages could be kept relevant. The article was republished by Pratham Books.
  • Kannada Wikipedia just celebrated its 13th anniversary. As part of the WikipediansSpeak series Subhashish Panigrahi caught up with Vasanth to learn about his contributions to the Kannada Wikipedia. In the discussion Vasanth shared his long time involvement in the Wikimedia movement, and spoke about what drove him every day to edit Wikipedia and helping other fellow Wikimedians.
  • Sunil Abraham's article on Facebook's Free Basics was published by First Post. He stated that there is more to come from TRAI in terms of net neutrality regulations especially for throttling and blocking.
  • Nehaa Chaudhari wrote an article for the Socio Legal Review (National Law School of India University). The article seeks to examine legal and policy lever and the role of regulator in the development of an enabling environment for access to sub-hundred dollar mobile devices.
  • In a recently published paper, Jahnavi Phalkey and Sumandro Chattapadhyay explore public initiatives in technological solutions for educating the poor and the disadvantaged in independent India.
  • The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) had published a book in 2014 that examines free speech, expression and media development. The chapter contains a Foreword by Irina Bokova, Director General, UNESCO. Pranesh Prakash contributed to the Independence: Introduction - Global Media Chapter. The book was edited by Courtney C. Radsch.
  • India should apply electronic toll collection systems to roads, and adapt road network concepts in organizing and managing communications networks wrote Shyam Ponappa in an Op-Ed published by the Business Standard.

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Accessibility & Inclusion
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India has an estimated 70 million persons with disabilities who don't have access to read printed materials due to some form of physical, sensory, cognitive or other disability. As part of our endeavour to make available accessible content for persons with disabilities we are developing a text-to-speech software in 15 languages with support from the Hans Foundation. The progress made so far in the project can be accessed here.

►NVDA and eSpeak

Report

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Access to Knowledge
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As part of the Access to Knowledge programme we are doing two projects. The first one (Pervasive Technologies) under a grant from the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) is for research on the complex interplay between pervasive technologies and intellectual property to support intellectual property norms that encourage the proliferation and development of such technologies as a social good. The second one (Wikipedia) under a grant from the Wikimedia Foundation is for the growth of Indic language communities and projects by designing community collaborations and partnerships that recruit and cultivate new editors and explore innovative approaches to building projects.

►Pervasive Technologies

Article

Participation in Event

► Copyright and Patent

Event Organized

►Wikipedia

As part of the project grant from the Wikimedia Foundation we have reached out to more than 3500 people across India by organizing more than 100 outreach events and catalysed the release of encyclopaedic and other content under the Creative Commons (CC-BY-3.0) license in four Indian languages (21 books in Telugu, 13 in Odia, 4 volumes of encyclopaedia in Konkani and 6 volumes in Kannada, and 1 book on Odia language history in English).

Articles

Submission
  • Cultural institution AKA GLAM for more OER (Subhashish Panigrahi; February 27, 2016). Subhashish's submission under the theme of "Innovative approaches to opening up cultural heritage collections for education" has been selected for the OER16 conference to be held in Edinburg, Scotland from 19 to 20 April 2016.
Media Coverage
Award
  • The Intellects, a Delhi-based progressive forum of intellectuals, held the 2nd International Conclave of Odia Language at the India International Centre in New Delhi on February 20, 2016. Subhashish Panigrahi participated in the event and won the Yuva Prerana Samman award. Odisha News covered the event.
Event Organized
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Openness
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Our work in the Openness programme focuses on open data, especially open government data, open access, open education resources, open knowledge in Indic languages, open media, and open technologies and standards - hardware and software. We approach openness as a cross-cutting principle for knowledge production and distribution, and not as a thing-in-itself.

Articles

Submission

Participation in Event

  • National Koha Conclave (Organized by Informatics Publishing; Fortune Park JP Celestial; Bangalore; February 17, 2016). Sunil Abraham delivered the inaugural address on the occasion.
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Internet Governance
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As part of its research on privacy and free speech, CIS is engaged with two different projects. The first one (under a grant from Privacy International and International Development Research Centre (IDRC) is on surveillance and freedom of expression (SAFEGUARDS). The second one (under a grant from MacArthur Foundation) is on studying the restrictions placed on freedom of expression online by the Indian government.
►Big Data
►Freedom of Expression
Articles
Event Organized
Participation in Event
►Privacy
Submission
Blog Entry
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Telecom
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CIS is involved in promoting access and accessibility to telecommunications services and resources and has provided inputs to ongoing policy discussions and consultation papers published by TRAI. It has prepared reports on unlicensed spectrum and accessibility of mobile phones for persons with disabilities and also works with the USOF to include funding projects for persons with disabilities in its mandate:
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Researchers at Work
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The Researchers at Work (RAW) programme is an interdisciplinary research initiative driven by contemporary concerns to understand the reconfigurations of social practices and structures through the Internet and digital media technologies, and vice versa. It is interested in producing local and contextual accounts of interactions, negotiations, and resolutions between the Internet, and socio-material and geo-political processes:
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Video
Events Organized
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News & Media Coverage
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CIS gave inputs to the following media coverage:
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About CIS
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The Centre for Internet and Society (CIS) is a non-profit organisation that undertakes interdisciplinary research on internet and digital technologies from policy and academic perspectives. The areas of focus include digital accessibility for persons with diverse abilities, access to knowledge, intellectual property rights, openness (including open data, free and open source software, open standards, open access, open educational resources, and open video), internet governance, telecommunication reform, digital privacy, and cyber-security. The academic research at CIS seeks to understand the reconfigurations of social and cultural processes and structures as mediated through the internet and digital media technologies.
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► Request for Collaboration
We invite researchers, practitioners, artists, and theoreticians, both organisationally and as individuals, to engage with us on topics related internet and society, and improve our collective understanding of this field. To discuss such possibilities, please write to Sunil Abraham, Executive Director, at [email protected] (for policy research), or Sumandro Chattapadhyay, Research Director, at [email protected] (for academic research), with an indication of the form and the content of the collaboration you might be interested in. To discuss collaborations on Indic language Wikipedia projects, write to Tanveer Hasan, Programme Officer, at [email protected].
CIS is grateful to its primary donor the Kusuma Trust founded by Anurag Dikshit and Soma Pujari, philanthropists of Indian origin for its core funding and support for most of its projects. CIS is also grateful to its other donors, Wikimedia Foundation, Ford Foundation, Privacy International, UK, Hans Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, and IDRC for funding its various projects.

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