As mobiles, PCs and Web 2.0 technologies reach the urban poor, low-income communities are innovating with technology and making it play out in new ways.
Two decades after the world began to discuss using ICTs for development, ICT4D 2.0 is contending with new technologies, new approaches to technology skills, and above all a new approach to digital inclusion of the world’s poor.
While the combined impact of economic liberalisation and the telecom revolution is evident in India’s globalising cities, IT parks and consumption, ICTs have wrought significant changes in resource-poor habitats as well. The urban slum and its entrepreneurs are key agents in our framing of pro-poor disbursement and use of ICTs.
This talk is based on Nimmi Rangaswamy’s extensive research on the impact of communications technology in the slum habitats of India’s vast metropolises.
Nimmi Rangaswamy is an Adjunct Professor at the Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad. Prior to this she was a Researcher at Microsoft Research India. Her primary interests are the adoption and dissemination of information and communication technologies in developing countries and emerging market spaces. Her current projects focus on understanding ICT adoption in diverse locations: in middle class homes, at Internet cafés/ rural PC kiosks and in urban slums.
Date: Friday, 25th Oct
Time: 6 pm
Venue: Open Space, B1, Hermes Vishal, Lane 7, Koregaon Park, Pune 411001