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India's tryst with the digital is an extensive project and while much media attention is given to flagship projects, the story is also of marginalized peoples, in cities, appropriating digital leaks, using the digital and thereby contributing to the digital economy. It is this battle between enclosing the digital and extending access to it that makes the story of the digital in India an exciting one.

Digital India is a case study-based, critical introduction to the theory and practice of the digital in social change. The volume—with its chapters on telecommunications, software, mobile telephony, e-governance, ICT4D, software patenting, public sector software and cultural piracy—offers an entry point into an understanding of the contested nature of the digital in India via an analysis of theory and practice.

Information Technology in a Liberalised Economy
Information technology in a liberalised economy

The two chapters in this section provide an introduction to what arguably are among the most successful examples of the IT revolution in India—the software revolution and mobile telephony. While the chapter on software deals with its growth in a context characterised by uneven development, the chapter on mobile phones makes a case for a more nuanced approach towards understanding the theory and practice of mobile telephony. India's software success story is now a part of the global imaginary. While that story has been repeated ad infinitum, there is very little information available on how this industry has contributed to the reinforcement of the divides best characterised by gleaming software palaces on lands once ...

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