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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.

A Critique of ICTs in Development
A critique of ICTs in development

ICTs, inclusive of computing, telecommunication, mobile phones, digital radio and television, can be used to distribute, share, produce, gather, store, communicate and organise information in the context of development and social change. Typically, ICTs are networking technologies that are mutually complementary and that can be used to maximise the delivery of information and also its use in the context of intensive or extensive development. ICTs are used in a variety of ways around the world in the context of development and social change. These range from education, job training, e-governance, e-commerce, capacity-building, health care, business services, advocacy and networking, agricultural development. Increasingly, ICTs are being used to deliver a range of objectives—from behavioural change ...

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