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

How Green is the Internet? The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

by Aishwarya Panicker — last modified Sep 23, 2016 05:02 AM

This essay by Aishwarya Panicker is part of the 'Studying Internet in India' series. The author draws attention to the fact that there is little data, debate, analysis, and examination of the environmental impact of the internet, which is true especially for India. She explores four central issue areas. First, as the third highest country in terms of internet use, what is the current environmental impact of internet usage in India? Second, are there any regulatory provisions that give prescriptive measures to data centres and providers? Third, do any global standards exist in this regard and finally, what future steps can be taken (by the government, civil society and individuals) to address this?

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Who Owns Your Phone?

by Nishant Shah — last modified Sep 18, 2016 04:18 PM

The capacity of companies to defy standards that work tells an alarming story of what we lose when we lose control of our devices.

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IIIT Delhi Workshop on Center for IT and Society

by Sumandro Chattapadhyay — last modified Sep 17, 2016 02:40 PM
September 17, 2016

A workshop on the upcoming Center for IT and Society in IIIT-Delhi was organised today, September 17, in the institute. The workshop highlights on the process of establishing a center on IT and Society, which will focus on studying relationships and impact of ICTs and Internet on society and the role that society plays in shaping them, particularly in India. The center will bring together faculty in various humanities and social sciences disciplines, and would also initiate interdisciplinary taught programme in IT and Social Sciences. Sumandro Chattapadhyay was invited to participate in this workshop.

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Sequoia India’s Designathon 2016

by Sumandro Chattapadhyay — last modified Sep 17, 2016 01:39 PM
September 17, 2016

Along with their annual hackathon, Sequoia India organised a designathon in Bangalore on September 10-11, 2016. The participants picked one of three tracks - gamification, information visualisation, and smart acceleration - and developed an interface design or clickable prototype or a demo video. Sumandro Chattapadhyay was invited to participate as a mentor for the information visualisation track.

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7 Ways to Con/fuse the Internet with Analogy (Intergalactic Mix) - Talk by Surfatial

Sep 26, 2016 from 06:00 PM to 07:30 PM The Centre for Internet and Society, No.194, 2nd 'C' Cross, Domlur, 2nd Stage, Bangalore 560071 (Near TERI Complex and Domlur Club), by Sneha PP
September 16, 2016

Surfatial, a trans-local collective that works with text and sound will talk about their essay which was recently published. The talk will also address concerns on how the internet can be used in alternate contexts including presenting work in alternative formats and using the internet for synchronous collaborative cultural production.

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Quarter Life Crisis: The World Wide Web turns 25 this year

Quarter Life Crisis: The World Wide Web turns 25 this year

by Nishant Shah — last modified Sep 16, 2016 01:25 PM
September 09, 2016

With the unexplained ban on websites, the state seems to have stopped caring for the digital rights of its citizens.

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IIRC: Reflections on IRC16

by Sumandro Chattapadhyay — last modified Sep 06, 2016 09:28 AM

The first edition of the Internet Researchers' Conference (IRC) series was held on February 26-28, 2016. It was hosted by the Centre for Political Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University, and was supported by the CSCS Digitial Innovation Fund. Here we share our reflections on the Conference, albeit rather delayed, and lessons towards the next edition to be held in March 2017.

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The Curious Incidents on Matrimonial Websites in India

by Abhimanyu Roy — last modified Aug 30, 2016 10:52 AM

This essay by Abhimanyu Roy is part of the 'Studying Internet in India' series. The author explores how the curious interplays between the arranged marriage market in India the rise of matrimonial sites such as Jeevansathi.com and Shaadi.com. The gravity of the impact that such web-based services have on the lives of users is substantially greater than most other everyday web-enabled transactions, such as an Uber ride or a Foodpanda order. From outright fraud to online harassment, newspaper back pages are filled with nightmare stories that begin on a matrimonial website. So much so that the Indian government has set up a panel to regulate matrimonial sites. The essay analyses the role of matrimonial websites in modern day India, and the challenges this awkward amalgamation of the internet and love gives rise to.

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Do I Want to Say Happy B’day?

by Nishant Shah — last modified Aug 22, 2016 09:53 AM

When it comes to greeting friends on their birthdays, social media prompts are a great reminder. So why does an online message leave us cold?

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101 Ways of Starting an ISP:* No. 53 - Conversation, Content and Weird Fiction

by Surfatial — last modified Aug 03, 2016 12:47 PM

This essay by Surfatial is part of the 'Studying Internet in India' series. It argues that the internet has created a space for philosophical questioning among contemporary Indian participants which can develop further, despite common assertions that online spaces are largely uncivil and abusive. It actively explores how anonymous and pseudonymous content production may offer a method for exploring and expressing the internet in India, with a certain degree of freedom, and how spam-like methods may prove effective in puncturing filter bubbles.

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