CIS digital policy organisation tracker

Posted by Centre for Internet & Society at Sep 24, 2020 02:25 PM |
Update: We, at CIS, acknowledge our error and insensitivity in publishing this tracker in its current form. Missing key organisations and movements is a disservice to the list, and an erasure of the contributions of our colleagues to our shared area of work. We also acknowledge grave flaws in our methodology in preparing this list. For all these mistakes, we unreservedly apologise. Based on feedback received from the community, we have taken down this tracker.


 



Introduction: 

India’s burgeoning enthusiasm, both in the adoption of emerging technologies, and in the evolution of technology-policy, has brought with it a range of non-state actors from academia, the private sector, and civil society who shape technology policy discourse in multiple ways. This diverse set of organisations can holistically improve, and plug gaps in the framing of technology policy by the government, while also giving themselves an opportunity to influence the evolution of several policies for their strategic benefit. There is a need for any researcher, policy-maker, or industrialist to map and understand this landscape.

This tracker was compiled only using publicly available information from the organisations’ websites. This exercise does not seek in any form to analyse or evaluate the work of any of the organisations and therefore does not include external commentary of any form on them. Any information on the tracker is self-declared information obtained from the organisation’s website.

Due to the lack of publicly available self-declared documentation, it is not possible to carry out a full fledged study of the design and contours of technology policy lobbying in India. However, it is possible through publicly available information to compile a list of organisations that operate in this space, and map the work they do. 

This tracker is a first step. The intended audience is a wide range of individuals. It could be useful for graduates looking to work in this space, for government employees looking to understand the organisations that respond to public calls for consultations, and for the civil society space to understand the work of other organisations to foster collaborations and joint advocacy efforts.

The tracker is designed to be an evolving document that will be updated as and when changes occur in the Indian technology policy landscape. The objective of this tracker is not to analyze trends or make recommendations but to place all the information in an easily comprehensible and accessible fashion.

Given that the policy space in India is evolving and dynamic this list will never be an exhaustive one, and we are always looking for inputs. We apologise in advance  for any errors in this tracker.

 

Credits:

Conceptualisation: Arindrajit Basu, Aman Nair, Sapni GK

Compilation of tracker: Sapni GK, Aman Nair, Elizabeth Dominic, Mitali Bhasin 

Introduction written by: Arindrajit Basu

Review by: Aman Nair, Shweta Reddy, Akash Tahenguira

Design by: Akash Sheshadri, Pranav MB


Acknowledgment:

Thanks to Amba Kak for an initial conversation that spurred this. Thank you also to Udbhav Tiwari for providing initial feedback. 

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