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.

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 CCDS film made by Aritra...

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, a computer and internet...

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 classes are conducted throughout...

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 they're barred from the...

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 students, 80% of whom are...

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 another way to safeguard patriarchy within the...

‘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 world.

Surfing their way into the mainstream

Being from a low-caste, a community of waste-pickers and a slum dweller means various levels of exclusion. The children born to waste-pickers who belong to the KKPKP collective in Pune use the internet as one way to break out of the social exclusion curiosity...

Sabka Internet: Facebook Family

The internet has brought a sense of freedom, sharing and belonging to the transgender community. This film made by Disha Kene explores the barriers she and some of her friends have overcome to get online, how they have learnt their way around the internet and how...