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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.

Telecommunications and Universal Service Obligations in India
Telecommunications and universal service obligations in India

The liberalisation of the telecommunications sector in India that began in the early 1990s and that has been accompanied by privatisation and deregulation has completely changed a staid public sector monopoly into a dynamic, market-led sector. Beginning with the opening up of competition for basic services in 1992, followed by fixed and mobile services and national and international services, progressive liberalisation has affected most, if not all, telecommunications sectors. The establishment of a strong telecommunications infrastructure provided the foundations for growth in ICTs and, therefore, can be considered as the backbone for growth in this and affiliated industries, linked to the digital. The Indian government's intent to selectively privatise this sector has ...

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