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Digital Native: Hashtag Along With Me

Digital Native: Hashtag Along With Me

by Nishant Shah — last modified Aug 01, 2018 12:25 AM

A hashtag that evolved with a movement.

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Digital Native: How smart cities can make criminals out of denizens

Digital Native: How smart cities can make criminals out of denizens

by Nishant Shah — last modified Aug 01, 2018 12:19 AM

People download information and share it without knowing about the intellectual property rights. On social media bullying, harassment and hate speech find easy avenues.

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Digital Native: The bigger picture

Digital Native: The bigger picture

by Nishant Shah — last modified Aug 01, 2018 12:11 AM

For all our sleek machines, we are slaves to the much larger Internet of Things.

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June 2018 Newsletter

by Prasad Krishna — last modified Aug 11, 2018 02:52 AM

CIS newsletter for the month of June 2018.

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Digital Native: Cause an Effect

by Nishant Shah — last modified Jun 26, 2018 03:21 PM

Aadhaar is a self-contained safe system, its interaction with other data and information systems is also equally safe and benign.

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Digital Humanities Alliance of India - Inagural Conference 2018 - Keynote by Puthiya Purayil Sneha

Digital Humanities Alliance of India - Inagural Conference 2018 - Keynote by Puthiya Purayil Sneha

by Puthiya Purayil Sneha — last modified Jun 26, 2018 12:02 PM

The inaugural conference of the Digital Humanities Alliance of India (DHAI) was held at the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Indore on June 1-2, 2018. The event was co-organised by the IIM and the Indian Institute of Technology, Indore, with support from the Centre for Internet and Society, Bangalore. Puthiya Purayil Sneha was a keynote speaker at the event. Her talk was titled ‘New Contexts and Sites of Humanities Practice in the Digital’. Drawing upon excerpts from a study on mapping digital humanities initiatives in India, and ongoing conversations on digital cultural archiving practices, the keynote address discussed some pertinent concerns in the field, particularly with respect to the growth of digital corpora and its intersections with teaching learning practices in arts and humanities, including the need to locate these efforts within the context of the emerging digital landscape in India, and its implications for humanities practice, scholarship and pedagogy.

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New Contexts and Sites of Humanities Practice in the Digital (Paper)

New Contexts and Sites of Humanities Practice in the Digital (Paper)

by Puthiya Purayil Sneha — last modified Jun 26, 2018 09:40 AM

The ubiquitous presence of the ‘digital’ over the couple of decades has brought with it several important changes in interdisciplinary forms of research and knowledge production. Particularly in the arts and humanities, the role of digital technologies and internet has always been a rather contentious one, with more debate spurred now due to the growth of fields like humanities computing, digital humanities (henceforth DH) and cultural analytics. Even as these fields signal several shifts in scholarship, pedagogy and practice, portending a futuristic imagination of the role of technology in academia and practice on the one hand, they also reflect continuing challenges related to the digital divide, and more specifically politics around the growth and sustenance of the humanities disciplines. A specific criticism within more recent debates around the origin story of DH in fact, has been its Anglo-American framing, drawing upon a history in humanities computing and textual studies, and located within a larger neoliberal imagination of the university and academia. While this has been met with resistance from across different spaces, thus calling for more diversity and representation in the discourse, it is also reflective of the need to trace and contextualize more local forms of practice and pedagogy in the digital as efforts to address these global concerns. This essay by Puthiya Purayil Sneha draws upon excerpts from a study on the field of DH and related practices in India, to outline the diverse contexts of humanities practice with the advent of the digital and explore the developing discourse around DH in the Indian context.

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Digital Native: Web of Wander

by Nishant Shah — last modified Jun 01, 2018 12:04 AM

The idea of travel as a way of expanding our horizon has now been made redundant.

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Infrastructure as Digital Politics: Media Practices and the Assam NRC Citizen Identification Project (Draft Paper)

by Khetrimayum Monish Singh — last modified May 15, 2018 03:35 PM

The National Register of Citizens (NRC) exercise in Assam focuses on updating the list of Indian citizens in the state. A highly sensitive, controversial and massive exercise, the government has had several strategies to manage this project. One of the ways has been in which the government has engaged with and positioned itself, vis-a-vis the media, specifically through Facebook and Twitter, and on its own official website. This paper by Khetrimayum Monish Singh and Nazifa Ahmed is a discourse analysis of media content and user opinions on Facebook, and media responses on the NRC official website. These reflect bureaucratic practices of efficiency, transparency, trust and anxiety management; user feedback, confusion, political concerns and opinions help in accounting for and navigating through the system, and contribute to building up the NRC as an information infrastructure. We focus on how these two processes through media practices co-produce 'the sociotechnical building and maintenance' (Star and Bowker, 1999; Star and Ruhleder, 1996) of the NRC as an information infrastructure.

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Digital Native: The e-wasteland of our times

by Nishant Shah — last modified May 06, 2018 03:21 AM
May 06, 2018

How digitising isn’t necessarily a fast-track to a sustainable future.

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