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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.

Public Sector Software in India
Public sector software in India

In early February (1–2) 2010, I took part in a South India Regional Workshop on ‘Software Principles for the Public Sector, with Focus on Public Education’ that was held in Bengaluru (IT for Change 2010). The workshop was jointly organised by UNESCO, e-Governance Department, Department of Public Instruction and Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (Government of Karnataka), Karnataka Jnana Aayoga (Karnataka Knowledge Commission) and the NGO, IT for Change. A number of senior civil servants, including Dr Ajay Kumar, Principal Secretary, IT and e-governance, Government of Kerala, Mr C. Umashankar (the former general manager of Electronics Corporation of Tamil Nadu Limited [ELCOT], Tamil Nadu and F/OSS evangelist) and senior government and civil society representatives took part in this ...

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