May 28, 2024
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Digital Citizen Summit 2023- Register Now

The Digital Citizen Summit 2023, set for November 2-4, 2023 at Hyderabad’s T-Hub, is a global event spanning three days. It will feature keynote addresses, panel discussions, paper presentations, workshops, and networking opportunities. The core objective of this Summit is to provide valuable insights into the digitalization challenges encountered by India and nations worldwide in […]

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Festival of Digital Swaraj at Heritage House, Mysore

The Festival of Digital Swaraj, held at Heritage House in Mysore on the 23rd and 24th of September, 2023, marked a significant milestone in the journey towards Digital Swaraj—a movement dedicated to creating a digital revolution that ensures equitable access to technology and leaves no one behind. This two-day event celebrated the convergence of technology, […]

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Chapter Eighty-Seven: Some Updates on Censorship, Welfare and EdTech

We start with the worst news, which is also triggering. This shocking incident happened in Manipur, where, as we had mentioned earlier, a long ethnic conflict had been taking place since several months. Read More

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DEFDialogue S04 E03: Revival of the Vanishing Lepcha Language in the 21st Century

Lepcha language is a language spoken by the Lepcha people in Sikkim, West Bengal, Nepal, and Bhutan. Despite several spirited attempts to preserve the language, Lepcha has already effectively been lost in most places. Gideon Tasa, a linguist joins us in a conversation about his attempt to revive, popularise, and mainstream the language.

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DEFDialogue S04 E02: Breaking Gender Stereotypes: Empowering Vulnerable Communities

Ataiya Bano, DEF’s SoochnaPreneur from Bharatpur, Rajasthan shares her story of hardships, struggle, resilience and success. Coming from a region known for its backwardness, Ataiya fought against all odds to not only fight for her freedom but also to serve and uplift her community.

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DEFDialogue S04 E01: Digitally Empowering Weavers & Artisans to Become Self-Reliant

Join this conversation between Pallavi Chamarty, a researcher, and Osama Manzar – Founder & Director, Digital Empowerment Foundation. According to official estimates, India is home to 7 million artisans. However, data from unofficial sources indicate that the artisan strength is as high as 200 million. Only 34% of artisans earn consistent wages.

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Chapter Eighty-six: Re-threaded Town Squares?

Elon Musk has famously called the social-media/microblogging platform that he acquired last year as the Internet’s de facto town square. Some would say the same of Reddit. But all’s not well in any of the town squares, and as the citizens/netizens are increasingly unhappy with the changes, what would be the future of the platforms, […]

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Chapter Eighty-Five: Internet Shutdown Capital courtesy Manipur

While recent reports suggest France is in for a relatively calmer night after the protests, parallelly in our country, many parts of the state of Manipur has also been witnessing violence – for over three months now. The government had resorted to calling in the central forces but their indiscriminate shoot-to-kill action has increased deaths […]

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Chapter Eighty-Four: Kerala’s steps towards the Internet as a Right

This was the former finance minister’s announcement four years ago. Earlier this month, although two years delayed, the state of Kerala saw their government launching an initiative called KFON, described “to provide high-speed internet connectivity to all households, government offices, and educational institutions.” KFON is short for Kerala Fibre Optic Network Project. Read More

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Chapter Eighty-Three: Can we go green and digital together?

As we often quote DEF’s founder-director Osama Manzar in repeating this, Data is expensive. Sure, it has gone cheaper and faster than it had over the past two decades, but one’s opinion will change when it is seen as a necessity and not a luxury. In an increasingly connected world, we need to be connected to survive […]

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