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Development and IS

An equitable information society can flourish only through inclusive and informed debate, involving not merely actors from the technology arena but all actors in the development sphere, especially from the South. Current information society and 'ICTs for development' or ICTD approaches predominantly represent Northern realities and perspectives, tending to favour market-fundamentalist thinking and valorising technology per se. We attempt to de-construct the dominant approach and concepts in relation to ICTs and development and articulate alternatives, based on theoretical and empirical investigation.

IT for Change submitted comments on the draft general comment on state obligations under the ICESCR in the context of business activities. The submission asserted the need for an immediate and appropriate regulatory response to platform-companies, who have increasingly become key actors in every sector.

Anita Gurumurthy, Executive Director, IT for Change participated in the First annual Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals (STI Forum) organised at UNHQ, New York between 6-7 June 2016. In her statement from the floor, she emphasised that the Technology Facilitation Mechanism could effectively support the 2030 development agenda...

Anita Gurumurthy was invited to speak at the international multistakeholder conference CONNECTing the Dots: Options for Future Action organised by UNESCO in Paris. The conference was held to discuss the first draft of the Comprehensive Study on...

Anita Gurumurthy, Executive Director, IT for Change, was invited to deliver a keynote address at the Seventh International Conference on Communities and Technologies (C&T 2015), hosted from 27-30 June, by the University of Limerick, Ireland and co-sponsored by the Journal of Community Informatics.