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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.

Intellectual Property Conundrums and the State in the Era of the Digital
Intellectual property conundrums and the state in the era of the digital

The era of the digital has presented the present intellectual property (IP) regime with a number of intractable problems. As the digital ‘copy’ circulates in ever larger numbers, protection has become a virtually impossible task. However, that has not dented any number of initiatives aimed at creating ‘enclosures’ around the digital—from the European Directive aimed at protecting databases and database services, to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act in the USA that outlaws the circumvention of any technological protection measures and the moves in India to provide a legislative basis for software patenting. While we will deal with issues related to software patenting ...

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