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by Sumandro Chattapadhyay last modified Sep 13, 2015 10:41 AM

The Leap of Rhodes or, How India Dealt with the Last Mile Problem - An Inquiry into Technology and Governance: Call for Review

by Prasad Krishna — last modified Apr 03, 2015 10:55 AM

Re-thinking the Last Mile Problem research project by Ashish Rajadhyaksha is a part of the Researchers @ Work Programme at the Centre for Internet and Society, Bangalore. The ‘last mile’ is a communications term which has a specific Indian variant, where technology has been mapped onto developmentalist–democratic priorities which have propelled communications technologies since at least the invention of radio in the 1940s. For at least 50 years now, the ‘last mile’ has become a mode of a techno-democracy, where connectivity has been directly translated into democratic citizenship. It has provided rationale for successive technological developments, and produced an assumption that the final frontier was just around the corner and that Internet technologies now carry the same burden of breaching that last major barrier to produce a techno-nation. The project has fed into many different activities in teaching, in examining processes of governance and in looking at user behaviour.

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Digital Natives with a Cause? Thinkathon: Position Papers

Digital Natives with a Cause? Thinkathon: Position Papers

by Prasad Krishna — last modified May 15, 2015 11:34 AM

The Digital Natives with a Cause? Thinkathon conference co-organised by Hivos and the Centre for Internet and Society is being held from 6 to 8 December at the Hague Museum for Communication. The position papers are now available online.

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The 'Beyond the Digital' Directory

by Maesy Angelina — last modified May 15, 2015 11:33 AM

For the past few months, Maesy Angelina has been sharing the insights gained from her research with Blank Noise on the activism of digital natives. The ‘Beyond the Digital’ directory offers a list of the posts on the research based on the order of its publication.

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Digital Natives with a Cause?— Workshop in South Africa—FAQs

by Samuel Tettner — last modified May 15, 2015 11:35 AM

The second international Digital Natives Workshop "My Bubble, My Space, My Voice" will be held in Johannesburg from 7 to 9 November 2010. Some frequently asked questions regarding the upcoming workshop are answered in this blog entry.

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Attentional Capital in Online Gaming : The Currency of Survival

by Prasad Krishna — last modified Apr 03, 2015 10:46 AM

This blog post by Arun Menon discusses the concepts of production, labour and race in virtual worlds and their influence on the production of attention as a currency. An attempt is made to locate attentional capital, attentional repositories and attention currencies within gaming to examine 'attention currencies and its trade and transactions in virtual worlds. A minimal collection of attention currencies are placed as central and as a pre-requisite for survival in MMOs in much the same way that real currency become a necessity for survival. The approach is to locate attentional capital through different perspectives as well as examine a few concepts around virtual worlds.

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Digital Natives : Talking Back

by Nishant Shah — last modified May 15, 2015 11:50 AM

One of the most significant transitions in the landscape of social and political movements, is how younger users of technology, in their interaction with new and innovative technologised platforms have taken up responsibility to respond to crises in their local and immediate environments, relying upon their digital networks, virtual communities and platforms. In the last decade or so, the digital natives, in universities as well as in work spaces, as they experimented with the potentials of internet technologies, have launched successful socio-political campaigns which have worked unexpectedly and often without precedent, in the way they mobilised local contexts and global outreach to address issues of deep political and social concern. But what do we really know about this Digital Natives revolution?

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The Attention Economy - A Brief Introduction

by Prasad Krishna — last modified Apr 03, 2015 10:48 AM

This post examines attention economy as a brief prelude to a paper and monograph to be published on it. It examines the current theses on attention economy and a few approaches to reading attention economy in gaming besides foregrounding the attention economy and its functions and influence in MMORPGs.

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An Artist's Hunt for Lost Stepwells

An Artist's Hunt for Lost Stepwells

by Prasad Krishna — last modified Oct 05, 2015 03:05 PM

As part of the Maps for Making Change project, Kakoli Sen has brought to light some facts which she stumbled upon while mapping the stepwells in Vadodara. She mapped these and also discovered 14 such architectural heritage structures. The news was covered in the Times of India.

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Mapping the Things that Affect Us

by Prasad Krishna — last modified Oct 05, 2015 03:05 PM

'Map for making change' is a project using geographical mapping techniques to support struggles for social justice in India

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Their India has No Borders

Their India has No Borders

by Anja Kovacs — last modified Oct 05, 2015 03:08 PM

Bangalore felt far for them, they would mark it outside the country. India, for migrant labourers, is different from the India we know

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