Stories from the margins

How low-income and socially-marginalised urban communities find their way online
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Zopadpatti re!

CCDS conducts media literacy workshops that not only help socially-excluded urban communities understand and use the internet, but also represent their voice online by creating their own content.

Phule Nagar: Connected

In a pilot project aimed at addressing digital inequality in urban India, 1200 low-income and socially-excluded households in Phule Nagar, Pune, have free WiFi internet access. To overcome barriers of age, gender, education and ICT skills,...

Real Net Natives

For young male internet users from low-income urban settlements, the real and the virtual have fused. Online, caste, income, educational and occupational barriers can be transcended, the distance between genders bridged. A film by Aritra...

Mee, Aai Ani Internet

CCDS's research on barriers to internet access reveals that only one in 10 women from low-income, socially-excluded urban communities were online in 2014, as against 3 out of 10 men. Priya is one of the few women to have not just the...

The unseen divide

India's digital revolution is not carrying along the visually disabled. In this CCDS film the visually disabled students of Pune University recount how they struggle to download cracked versions of expensive screen-reading programs, how...

Internet: Sabka haq

CCDS researches barriers to internet access for the urban poor, creates internet literacy material and conducts workshops in low-income settlements of Pune. This film has been made by participants of a short filmmaking workshop in Ambedkar...

Learning to connect

At one of CCDS's research locations, Mahatma Phule Nagar in Bhosari, Pimpri-Chinchwad, a pilot project managed by Telxess and supported by Ford Foundation, provides free wifi to all residents for an 18-month period. Computer literacy...

Bridging the digital divide one child at a time

At the MCE Society's Azam Campus in Pune, digital literacy is considered fundamental to social inclusion. Computer education at this state-of-the-art wifi campus with 2,800 computers begins in class 1 for Urdu, Marathi or English-medium...

The privacy puzzle

In low-income, resource-poor neighbourhoods where mobile phones and other internet-linked devices are shared and unfamiliarity with the English language and online protocols forces users to get local intermediaries to set up their email and FB accounts, privacy...

Womenternet

This community video looks at the gender divide in internet access in the low-income urban neighbourhoods of Pune where the filmmaker lives. Why, she asks, are women kept away from the internet? Is it yet...

‘True power’: The indispensable internet

Rudimentary access on mobile phones and slow connections notwithstanding, for users in low-income settlements the internet is fast becoming the repository of all information and the perfect tool in the quest for knowledge. It is also being used as a trusty online bank...

Access for the disabled

Vikas Waghmare, a visually-impaired systems administrator at a Pune NGO, discusses the JAWS screen reader program that has opened up the internet to him and allows him to keep abreast of tech developments and communities around the...