Technology

Are Apps the future of NGO service delivery?

NGOs are increasingly adopting and supporting digital approaches to improve and extend their service delivery. In this article, Tasmiah Rahman draws on the Maya Apa App as an example of this shift and highlights how data can be used to tailor service delivery to key groups.
Moving the ‘women’ issue forward
Gender equality mainstreaming is at the forefront of the […]

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    “The answer to terrorism lies in collaboration and shared intelligence” – Jameel Yusuf

“The answer to terrorism lies in collaboration and shared intelligence” – Jameel Yusuf

Karachi is a sprawling, diverse city, with a population estimated at more than 20 million. It is also notorious for high crime rates and its inhabitants have limited trust in the police. However, the Citizen Police Liaison Committee, a civil society organisation run by volunteers works to tackle both these issues. Here, Jameel Yusuf, founding member and former Chief, talks […]

February 9th, 2017|Featured, Interviews, Security and Foreign Policy, Technology|Comments Off on “The answer to terrorism lies in collaboration and shared intelligence” – Jameel Yusuf|

How a2i is using empathy to foster innovation in Bangladesh

Developing countries are often notorious for their inefficient public service delivery. However, the Bangladeshi government is seeking to vastly improve the citizen experience of government services through empathy-led innovation, write Anir Chowdhury and Nick Beresford. This involves arranging for civil servants to act as secret shoppers to identify weaknesses and come up with solutions, often using new technologies. 

In the last 8 years, Bangladesh […]

February 6th, 2017|Development, Featured, Technology|Comments Off on How a2i is using empathy to foster innovation in Bangladesh|
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    Union Budget 2017-18: Leading India towards a digital economy

Union Budget 2017-18: Leading India towards a digital economy

Arun Jaitley’s Budget speech this week had a strong focus on digital economy initiatives, emphasising the Government’s resolve to increase digital transactions and reduce India’s reliance on cash. Sharique Hassan Manazir reviews the announcements, and writes that – if implemented effectively – they will undoubtedly result in significant progress towards the Digital India vision.

In 1994, Don Tapscott coined the term ‘digital economy’ […]

February 3rd, 2017|Economy, Featured, Technology|Comments Off on Union Budget 2017-18: Leading India towards a digital economy|
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    If India’s encryption policy is to be effective, it must mandate higher standards and enhance trust

If India’s encryption policy is to be effective, it must mandate higher standards and enhance trust

Regardless of which digital jurisdiction an individual finds themselves in, encryption will always be an intensely controversial issue. It is therefore important to have comprehensive dialogues on the management of India’s contemporary digital ecosystem, which engage stakeholders from across the board. Reflecting on a recent Observer Research Foundation initiative to do just this, Alexander Spalding writes that as it […]

January 24th, 2017|Featured, LSE, Technology|Comments Off on If India’s encryption policy is to be effective, it must mandate higher standards and enhance trust|
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    Digital transitions in the newsroom: How are Indian language papers adapting differently?

Digital transitions in the newsroom: How are Indian language papers adapting differently?

In a new report published by the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism and Centre for Internet and Society, Zeenab Aneez explores how Indian newsrooms are adapting their workflow and processes to cater to an increasing digital audience and the implications these changes have on how journalists produce news.

Global discussions about how the rise of the Internet […]

January 16th, 2017|Featured, Media, Technology|Comments Off on Digital transitions in the newsroom: How are Indian language papers adapting differently?|

Mapping Digital Humanities in India

In a new study published by The Centre for Internet and Society in Bangalore, P.P. Sneha offers a detailed mapping of digital practices in arts and humanities scholarship in India. In this article, she summarises the value of conducting such a mapping in the Indian context and explores the implications of digital approaches and innovations for research and practice […]

January 10th, 2017|Featured, History, Society and Culture, Technology|Comments Off on Mapping Digital Humanities in India|
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    The devil is in the details: Using technology to tackle absenteeism in Karnataka

The devil is in the details: Using technology to tackle absenteeism in Karnataka

To address absenteeism among staff at public healthcare facilities, the government of Karnataka introduced an innovative biometric device to monitor and enforce attendance rules. Iqbal Dhaliwal, Rema Hanna and Rebecca Toole present findings of a large randomised evaluation of the programme and write that while some health gains were achieved, imperfect enforcement illustrates the limits of monitoring solutions if there […]

December 15th, 2016|Featured, Health, Technology|Comments Off on The devil is in the details: Using technology to tackle absenteeism in Karnataka|
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    Demonetisation and information poverty: Insights from slum areas in Bangalore and Mumbai

Demonetisation and information poverty: Insights from slum areas in Bangalore and Mumbai

Drawing on her ongoing fieldwork in slum areas of Bangalore and Mumbai, Silvia Masiero argues that information poverty increases hardship for the poor and vulnerable facing demonetisation. She observes, however, that the unbanked poor are those who hold the most valuable information about the real effects of the Government’s move towards a cashless economy.

Information, a highly valuable asset […]

December 5th, 2016|Corruption, Development, Economy, Featured, LSE, Photo Essays, Technology|Comments Off on Demonetisation and information poverty: Insights from slum areas in Bangalore and Mumbai|
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    Social media as an allusion: Hindu activism and digital media

Social media as an allusion: Hindu activism and digital media

How has digital media impacted Hindu activism in the UK? Here John Zavos explores its role in Sewa Day – an annual day dedicated to social action among Hindu communities and others in Britain. He finds that, influenced by emerging digitally networked social movements, the presence of social media in Sewa Day operates partly as a kind of trope, […]

October 12th, 2016|Featured, Media, Society and Culture, Technology|Comments Off on Social media as an allusion: Hindu activism and digital media|

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