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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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Digital Native: Delete Facebook?

by Nishant Shah — last modified May 06, 2018 03:08 AM

You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave.

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Making Humanities in the Digital: Embodiment and Framing in Bichitra and Indiancine.ma

Making Humanities in the Digital: Embodiment and Framing in Bichitra and Indiancine.ma

by Puthiya Purayil Sneha — last modified Jun 25, 2018 12:50 PM

The growth of the internet and digital technologies in the last couple of decades, and the emergence of new ‘digital objects’ of enquiry has led to a rethinking of research methods across disciplines as well as innovative modes of creative practice. This chapter authored by Puthiya Purayil Sneha (published in 'Making Things and Drawing Boundaries: Experiments in the Digital Humanities' edited by Jentery Sayers) discusses some of the questions that arise around the processes by which digital objects are ‘made’ and made available for arts and humanities research and practice, by drawing on recent work in text and film archival initiatives in India.

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Information Infrastructures, State, and Citizens: An Initial Literature Survey

by Khetrimayum Monish Singh — last modified May 15, 2018 03:22 PM

Our approach to unpacking the nature of the updated National Register of Citizens (NRC) as an information infrastructure is centered on how it mediates the relationship between the Indian state and its citizens. In this sense, an information infrastructure is not end in itself, rather it is a means to an end. In our case, the end is the eventual differentiation between citizens and immigrants in Assam and the updated NRC is the means to practically achieve it. As the updated NRC is put to use, it simultaneously creates a particular conception of what the Indian state looks like and defines a new terrain of making claims to citizenship. By extension, it creates a new form of Indian citizenship enacted by tuples of data stored in the updated NRC. Thus, while paying close attention to the historical narratives of identity politics in Assam (Baruah 1999; Hazarika 1994; Roy 2010), our initial survey of literature speaks to the nature of this mediation. We focus on how scholars in a diversity of fields, ranging from Information Science (IS) and Science and Technology Studies (STS) to Anthropology and Political Science, have engaged with how state infrastructures mediate the state-citizen relationship. We have divided this literature survey into three parts and we will specify the questions that we would like to ask of our field at the end of each part. This survey was undertaken by Khetrimayum Monish Singh, Ranjit Singh, Palashi Vaghela, and Nazifa Ahmed.

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Designing Urban Nervous Systems

Mar 27, 2018 from 03:30 PM to 05:30 PM The Centre for Internet and Society, No.194, 2nd C Cross, Domlur 2nd Stage Bangalore, by Ambika Tandon

Dr. Anupam Saraph will be holding a talk on 'Designing urban nervous systems' at the CIS on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at 3:30 p.m. The talk will revolve around looking at cities as living organisms, with nervous systems at the center of their being.

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Digital Native: A new road to justice

Digital Native: A new road to justice

by Nishant Shah — last modified Mar 25, 2018 03:44 AM
March 25, 2018

Making the List takes courage and strength. It involves the formation of a new collective of care.

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Digital native: Our lonely connected lives

by Nishant Shah — last modified Mar 25, 2018 03:40 AM
March 25, 2018

Even as the UK last month announced the appointment of Minister of Loneliness, which sounds more like the title of the next Arundhati Roy novel, it is worth examining why we are so alone in the age of hyperconnectivity.

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Digital Native: AI Manifesto

by Nishant Shah — last modified Mar 17, 2018 11:02 AM
March 17, 2018

Our intention and government action will determine our relationship with AI.

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Research Symposium on Digital Transitions in Cultural and Creative Industries in India, New Delhi, Feb 27-28

from Feb 27, 2018 10:00 AM to Feb 28, 2018 06:00 PM UNESCO New Delhi - Conference Room, 1 San Martin Marg, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi, 110021, by Sumandro Chattapadhyay

It is our privilege to collaborate with LabEx ICCA (Université Paris 13), UNESCO New Delhi, Centre for Social Sciences and Humanities (CSH), and Centre d'études de l'Inde et de l'Asie du Sud (CEIAS), to organise a Research Symposium on Digital Transitions in Cultural and Creative Industries in India. The symposium gathers researchers and practitioners engaging with the changing landscape of cultural and creative industries in India in the context of the rapid expansion of digital technologies and social media. We invite you to join us for a critical exploration of the prevalent discourse around cultural and creative industries, to identify what could be the different forms of digital creative and cultural industries developing in India, and how they problematise the questions of cultural expression, knowledge production, creativity, and labour.

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