Over the past decade, information technology has become a powerful factor in shaping, translating, and evaluating democracy across South Asia, from the local to the trans-national level. Ambitious government projects such as the Aadhar project to create comprehensive bio-metric identities, online surveillance systems to monitor citizens’ and politicians’ behavior, as well as initiatives to provide unprecedented electronic transparency are just a few examples of technology’s influence in shaping government-citizen engagement. At the same time, individuals are using information technology to reinvent ways of understanding, enacting, and critiquing democracy in their daily lives.
The Center for South Asia will be hosting a one-day workshop comprising of practitioners and researchers working on these issues on 24 May 2012. The workshop aims to foster a dialogue among people who are engaged on this issue either as creators of technology projects or as academic researchers in a rapidly evolving field.
Panel 1.2 The Politics of Technology and Socio-Economic Rights
• Paul Kim, Stanford University
Right to education and connectivity in the 21st century
• Joyojeet Pal, University of Michigan
Assistive Technology and the employment of people with disabilities in India
• Amit Prasad, University of Missouri
‘Modern Science’ and Postcolonial Anxieties of Emancipation and Development
• Pooja Upadhaya, Mobilizing Health
• Technology Enabling Rural Access to Health Consulting and Care
• Greg Wolff, UnaMesa Association
Creating an Open Access “Digital Commons”: UnaMesa’s Work with the Hesperian Foundation