Decentralising India’s Digital Futures

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Technology is already successfully contributing to socio-economic development in India but the narratives used to frame these successes, and the types of technologies implemented are narrow. Often, these technologies are products of companies far removed from India and Indian culture and the asymmetric relationship between the makers of such technologies and the people that use them is sometimes referred to as Digital Colonialism.

Decentralising India’s Digital Futures explores how we can harness powerful developments in emerging technologies such as the Internet of Things, the voice enabled Internet, machine learning and artificial intelligence to meaningfully support rural communities in India.

Working with Quicksand and the National Institute of Design, the project created speculative counter-narratives that described co-created preferable futures to illustrate how technology development could address the unique challenges faced by decentralised, disempowered and disenfranchised communities in India.

Funding Details

Decentralising India’s Digital Futures. GCRF/Scottish Funding Council. Sep 2018–Aug 2020.