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.
Chapter 1: An Introduction to the Digital Moment in India
An Introduction to the Digital Moment in India
Evidence of growth and productivity are the standard means used to highlight the developments in any given sector. In India, the business press and the television generate and manufacture data on the Information Technology (IT) industry on a daily basis. Apex bodies such as National Association for Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) also churn out such data and taken together, there is information that suggests that a number of sectors associated with IT are thriving in India.
The contribution made by the informational mode of production to the Indian Gross Domestic Product (GDP) has risen steadily over the last two decades and reached around 4 per cent in 2009, within which, ...