Dissemination and dialogues on barriers to internet access for the urban poor
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Expert Consultation on Child Online Safety in India, April 8–9, 2016

CCDS participated in a two-day ‘Expert Consultation on Child Online Safety in India’, organized by UNICEF and held in Delhi on April 8–9, 2016. The consultation offered an opportunity to explore the ecosystem for online safety for children in India. It provided a platform to discuss gaps, challenges and opportunities and recommend actions to strengthen the safety and security of the digital environment for children. A member of the research team made a presentation titled ‘Towards Digital Inclusion- Barriers to Internet Access for Economically and Socially-Excluded Urban Communities’ as a part of the panel on Digital Literacy, Skills and Citizenship. 

Consultation at Pune Municipal Corporation, January 20, 2016

CCDS organised a consultation at the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) on January 20, 2016, to discuss the findings and recommendations of the research on digital inequality. The consultation was chaired by the Additional Commissioner, PMC, and brought together heads of the departments of Urban Community Development, Education and E-governance and other key functionaries and ward officers. CCDS researchers presented recommendations on the special measures required for the digital empowerment of women, public access centres within slum settlements, and moving beyond digital access to digital empowerment through customised trainings in ICT skills. With digital inclusion forming an integral part of the Smart City Initiative, these recommendations drew significant interest.

Consultation at Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC), December 23, 2015

CCDS was invited to present at a consultation convened by the Municipal Commissioner and the Chief Information and Technology Officer of the PCMC on December 23, 2015. Significant interest was shown in the outcome of the pilot project for the country’s first Public WiFi project for an entire slum settlement in the PCMC jurisdiction (Mahatma Phule Nagar, Bhosari). PCMC officials indicated a willingness to partner with socially-responsible corporations in extending free WiFi services accompanied by full-fledged ICT training centres to other low-income settlements in PCMC. The authorities were also keen on understanding and emulating the PMC’s model to enable civil society partnerships for e-learning and ICT trainings in schools.

Phule Nagar: Connected

Communications Policy Research South 2015 Conference, August 26–28, 2015

A member of the research team was selected for the Young Scholar program (August 24–25, 2015) by the Communication Policy Research programme (CPR South) and attended the CPR South 2015 Conference on ‘The changing landscape of ICT governance and practice’  organised by CPR South/ICT Africa and co-hosted by the Innovation Centre for Big Data and Digital Convergence, Yuan Ze University, Taiwan. 

Shaping Davos – Panel Discussion, January 19, 2015

CCDS was invited to present at and participate in a panel discussion on ‘Who Owns the Internet? Governance in Social Media’ at the Shaping Davos event of the World Economic Forum, organized by the Global Shapers Community in Pune. Inputs from the session were later presented at a live session during the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting.

5th Sino Nordic Gender and Communications Conference, September 22–23, 2014

A member of the CCDS team presented a paper on ‘Gender dimensions in accessing internet in low-income urban settlements’ at the 5th Sino Nordic Gender and Communications Conference held in Beijing. The presentation focused on the gendered aspects of communication.

Technology for Development, August 2, 2014

CCDS was invited to make a presentation on ‘Internet penetration and its impact in low-income areas of Pune’ at the ‘Technology for Development’ event organized by Janwani and Global Shapers Community on August 2, 2014. The event provided a platform to brainstorm on technology in governance, politics, education and civil society.

Institute of Internet and Society, February 11–17, 2014

A member of the research team attended the ‘Institute of Internet and Society’ organised by the Centre for Internet and Society, at YASHADA (Yashwantrao Chavan Academy of Development Administration) in Pune from February 11–17, 2014. The participating member made a presentation titled ‘Exploring Internet Access in Low-income Communities of Pune City’.


Workshops in Low-income Communities

CCDS makes a constant effort to give back to low-income and marginalised communities. Internet literacy workshops were held with residents of four low-income settlements in the city — Ambedkarnagar (Kondhwa), Janata Vasahat, Vaiduwadi, and Ambedkarnagar (Marketyard).  Audio-visual learning materials produced by CCDS were used as resources, and hands-on trainings on tablets were facilitated. The workshops were designed to enable participants to not only develop the skills to use the internet but also to represent their voices online by producing their own content. These workshops were the first-ever initiation of most of our participants into the world of the internet.


Real net natives


Workshop on Net Neutrality, May 15th 2015

CCDS in collaboration with CFAR organized a talk on Net Neutrality on May 15th, 2015 by Siddarthya Roy, a computer programmer turned activist and freelance columnist. The talk focussed on the threat to Net Neutrality and the consequences of its violation, particularly on economically and socially-excluded communities that have just begun to use the internet

Series of talks on Digital Exclusion September 13th 2014

CCDS organized two talks by Dr. Kannamma Raman, Associate Professor, University of Mumbai as a part of a series on digital inclusion aimed at bringing together users, activists and academics, to contribute to making the internet a more democratic space through people’s voices, thoughts and actions. The first talk was on, ‘ Internet as a Public Sphere’ for the Masters Students of the Media and Communications Department at Savitribai Phule Pune University while the second was on ‘The Digital Divide’ conducted at the CCDS office.

Echo chamber

Outsiders in the information society

Crypto Party, June 14th 2014

CCDS hosted a ‘Crypto Party’ on June 14th, 2014, that was aimed at equipping the attendees, with the fundamentals of internet communications via mails and messaging and the ways in which communication could be compromised. Some of the other issues covered during the workshop were, fundamental securing and cleaning of laptops, basics of cryptography and a brief overview of ‘profile building’ and ‘data collection’ by corporations. The workshop was facilitated by Siddarthya Roy, a computer programmer turned activist and freelance columnist.

Workshop on Gender, Sexuality and Internet, May 14th, 2014

CCDS in collaboration with Point of View (Mumbai) and EROTICS organized a workshop Gender, Sexuality and Internet on May 14, 2014, that explored issues related to access to the internet, marginalized groups and internet use, online safety/harassment and online freedom. The workshop was attended by social science students, gender experts and academics, media persons, activists, researchers and IT professionals. Presentations were made Bishakha Datta, feminist researcher and filmmaker, founder of Point of View, Mumbai, Dr Anja Kovacs, director of Internet Democracy Project, Delhi, Dr Manjima Bhattacharjya, feminist scholar and part of the Erotics Project, and Rohini Lakshane, Erotics Project and ICT specialist.


Workshops with Academic Institutions and Civil Society Organisations

Special efforts were made by CCDS to reach out to academic institutions and civil society organisations and disseminate the key findings from the research and our recommendations on working towards the social and digital inclusion of the urban poor. A dialogue was held with members of the urban development department at YASHADA (Yashwantrao Chavan Academy of Development Administration), the premiere training institute for all government functionaries in Maharashtra, as well as with the students and faculty members of the media and communications departments at Pune University and Symbiosis School of Liberal Arts.

Similar presentations were also made to various organisations working on digital inclusion and education, including PUKAR, Teach for India, Maharashtra Knowledge Corporation Limited, Babasaheb Ambedkar Research and Training Institute (BARTI), Pune. An effort was also made to reach out to multiple stakeholders such as LirneAsia, International Telecommunication Union, IAMAI, Digital Empowerment Foundation, Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY), Government of India, SKOCH Foundation, TRAI, and NASSCOM.

Dissemination through media

CCDS’s research has also been discussed and disseminated through the media.

Why can’t India use the internet? March 16, 2016, Internet Rights

Affordability determines internet access. Higher proportion of users fall in upper wealth quintiles. March 14, 2016,

Which India is digital India. March 11, 2016, Financial Express

900 million Indian’s can’t get online. Here’s why. March 9, 2016, CNN

Second largest internet market in the world, but only 22% of India uses internet. March 9th, 2016, Newslaundry

Digital inequality warning sounded for urban India. March 9, 2016, Indiaspend

What does the internet mean to low-income Indians? February 26, 2016, The Hoot

Touched by technology, Aug 2, 2015, Pune Mirror