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[I-coordination] The India Story and Women in Tech & IG

Subi Chaturvedi subichaturvedi at gmail.com
Mon Dec 16 04:48:21 CET 2013


Dear Jorge, colleagues and friends,

Please accept my sincerest apologies. I was hoping we can all move towards,
a constructive, precise, reasoned yet sensitive approach towards IG which
leads to a single unified Internet. Equanimity of words is of course always
appreciated. I will bear that in mind.

I am not so troubled with the taxonomy or the epistemology of things as it
were. You can call it by any name.

I hope you will find it in your heart, to read my present as well as my
previous comments in the context that they were meant.

To everyone else I extend my heartfelt gratitude for the overwhelming
response and support that you've extended both on and off the list.

Siva thank you for bringing the focus back on the issues at hand on the
India story and what it means in the IG space, we're truly at the tipping
point and are what I believe, the swing state.

840 million mobile users, 160 million online and a billion waiting from the
region.

For a country with the youngest population, its policies and its people
matter.

Andrew at the last IGF in Baku, what the government said and did was indeed
commendable but it was a culmination of many efforts domestically by civil
society, private sector, academia, media. The WCIT-ITU was a similar
struggle.

A lot has happened since. And has raised extremely pertinent questions
about the data flows and who makes the rules.

Both privacy and sovereignty of nation states and citizens needs to be
asserted without attacking the core values of the Internet- Openness,
Interlopability, Freedom, Permission less innovation.

It is precisely when we have conversations such as these and amplify them
globally that we as civil society feel strengthened to fight for what is
fair and right.

I see this as a collective responsibility and fight we must. Against any
approach to IG which stands for multilateralism or fragmenting the internet.

It might be a given for most, in certain parts of the world, where we speak
of universalizing the right to broadband access. For us we are still
fighting for access. Here diversity precedes access.

We have a currency note alone, with 16 languages, 80,000 dialects,
challenges of literacy, power supply, drinking water. Digital literacy and
digital policy literacy both need to be constantly pushed. And we have to
keep knocking to be in the room and ensuring that there is enough room for
debate.

Governments change stands but have to be brought around to do what is right
for their citizens.

Siva has already pointed to the relevant articles, there have been many
both in national as well as International dailies. It results in bans and
knee jerk reactions not just from the government but also other
institutions of socialisations. The result is usually get off the Internet,
ban facebook. And then there is also extra legal persecution to content
with. The net result is a bruised, fragment community with poor digital
rights and a wariness of the net. In developing countries and emerging
economies ignorance is a real issue and arrogance from any quarter is not a
perceived threat.

I do wish to leave you however with a thought -

Our first Prime minister who is also the architect of the India's very own
MIT- the IITs, believed in adopting technology at an early stage even for
 a nation with little capital and savings, upheld inclusivity and gender
sensitivity in tech and policy-

"You can tell the condition of the nation by looking at the status of
*women*.”

Jawahar Lal Nehru

He also further went on to say when you empower women you empower India. I
teach at a women's college and it is a constant struggle to get the young
women to simply speak, articulate and take stands. When they do we take
utmost care to cherish that spirit and strengthen that discourse.

I urge you Jorge and all of us collectively that we go easy on our
brilliant, acerbic wit and comebacks. We're on a list with immense cultural
and ethinic diversity and for many the first language is not english and
there is a huge culture of silence.  However sharp, funny we might be if we
can't keep people together we loose friends and allies. Moreover it has a
chilling effect, for anyone less resilient. Let's break the spiral of
silence.

We owe it to our women and children to create a better fair and equitable
net. Call it 1net if you please. I have great hope from this list to be
more tolerant of diversity and uphold multiplicity of opinions and voices.

In solidarity

Subi

---
Subi Chaturvedi
Assistant Prof. Journalism,
Lady Shri Ram College for Women (LSR), DU
India
Twitter:@subichaturvedi


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On 15 December 2013 07:28, Jorge Amodio <jmamodio at gmail.com> wrote:

>
> >
> > Wish there was a 140 character limit to the emails as well, especially
> on this list as I've learnt overtime. It is a task to keep up. So will keep
> this one as brief as possible.
> >
> Your email has more than 140 characters, just your signature block has
> more than that.
>
> -Jorge
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