Centre for Internet and Society Upcoming Events, Bangalore

Contact: Radha Rao radha @ cis-india.org

Experimental Economy Camp continued at  which will combine a hackathon, inviting more local people to get  involved, with a ‘camp’ of presentations, live and via Skype (maybe you?), which discuss and brainstorm the Open Call, former a greater, more discursive context. (Without giving away any answers and not including people’s proposals).

Venue: The Centre for Internet and Society No. D2, 3rd Floor, Shariff Chambers 14, Cunningham Road, Bangalore – 560 052 P: +91 80 4092 6283 F: 080 41148130

Date & Time: Nov 22nd, 2009 @ 10.30am to 5.30pm

Exploring Research Questions, Frameworks, and Methods – A presentation by Minna Aslama, at CIS, Bangalore on Nov 23rd, 2009

The early and mid 1990s witnessed a surge of academic thinking and public debates around the democratizing power of the Internet. The most hopeful utopias of deliberative online communication and formation of active ‘subaltern counter-publics’ (Fraser 1992/1997) were countered with fears ranging from trivialization, fragmentation, even disappearance of widely and commonly shared issues, to viral distribution of non-democratic, ‘harmful’ content. Now the same debates are re-emerging once again in era that is witnessing the explosion of ‘social production’ in a multitude of digital platforms.

Minna Aslama is a researcher and a lecturer at Fordham University, New York, and the University of Helsinki. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Helsinki and has taken part in several international research activities including The Media Between Culture and Commerce Project by the European Science Foundation, and the research-advocacy project on Global Media Monitoring of news media (GMMP, 1995, 2000, 2005, 2009). From 2008-2009, she served as the Program Officer for the Necessary Knowledge for a Democratic Public Sphere program at the Social
Science Research Council.

Venue: The Centre for Internet and Society No. D2, 3rd Floor, Shariff Chambers 14, Cunningham Road, Bangalore – 560 052 P: +91 80 4092 6283 F: 080 41148130

Date & Time: Nov 23rd, 2009 @ 4.30pm

ICT, transaction cost and development: The flip side – A presentation by Prof. Pradoshnath at CIS, Bangalore on Nov 25th, 2009

ICT is believed to contribute to economic development by reducing the transaction and information cost associated with any economic activities. Transaction cost arises when transactions are made away from the market. There are two streams of arguments here; one, that suggests minimisation of transaction cost as means towards economic efficiency, and the other that considers the act of transactions away from the market is actually the process of value creation of a capitalist enterprise. An economist working on issues related to applications of science and technology for social and economic development.

Prof. Pradoshnath is a scientist at National Institute of Science Technology and Development Studies (NISTADS), New Delhi. At present affiliated to the Centre for Culture Media and Governance, Jamia Millia University, New Delhi as Senior Research Fellow, ICSSR, New Delhi. His present research interest is in the area of application of ICT for social and economic development of the marginal economies.  He has published widely in both national and international journals. He has co-authored two books and edited another. He has worked as consultant for IDRC, Canada, WAITRO, Copenhagen, Denmark, and ITU, Geneva. He has been the coordinator of the WAITRO sponsored international programme on ‘Knowledge management for R&D organisation’ conducted in different countries in Asia and Africa.

Date & Time: Nov 25th, 2009 from 3.30pm to 5.00pm

Venue: The Centre for Internet and Society No. D2, 3rd Floor, Shariff Chambers 14, Cunningham Road, Bangalore – 560 052 P: +91 80 4092 6283 F: 080 41148130

National Conference on ICTs for the differently- abled/under privileged communities in Education, Employment and Entrepreneurship 2009 – (NCIDEEE 2009) – A national level conference on the use of Information and Communication Technology for the differently abled / under privileged community in education, employment and entrepreneurship.

Venue: Loyola College, Chennai

Date & Time: Dec 01st to Dec 03rd, 2009 from 9am to

Open Video Summit – The Centre for Internet and Society (CIS) and the Open Video Alliance are organizing a workshop on December 15, 2009 at TERI, Bangalore.

The Open Video Summit is a one-day workshop to explore issues of intellectual property and telecom policy for video. By inviting experts from different fields to participate in the workshop, we aim to create a framework for open video in India and to better understand how the online video medium is developing. We also hope to expand the network of researchers who have open video on the radar and to foster international collaborations. We expect between 30-40 participants to attend.

Venue: The Energy and Resources Institute – Southern Regional Centre (TERI-SRC) 4th Main, 2nd Cross, Domlur II Stage Bangalore

Date & Time: Dec 15th, 2009 from 9am to 6pm