Digital Empowerment Foundation

Connecting the underserved: Innovation through knowledge sharing, “imagination” and a “community mindset”
Connecting the underserved: Innovation through knowledge sharing, “imagination” and a “community mindset” 15 November 2018 Gabrielle Willms for APCNews

One of the themes that dominated this year’s Internet Governance Forum (IGF) was how to address the “connectivity gap”, with over half the world’s population still unconnected and the rate of new connectivity beginning to slow. In particular, remote, rural and indigenous communities face significant barriers to sustainable internet access due to a lack of available infrastructure and low population density, which undermines economic incentives for commercial operators.  As these ...

APC members in 2016: Putting information in the hands of the rural population
APC members in 2016: Putting information in the hands of the rural population 25 October 2017 Digital Empowerment Foundation

This member story was featured in the 2016 APC Annual Report, as part of our work on access. As much as 67% of India’s population lives in rural India. This population is largely dependent on government services for some of their most basic needs and livelihoods. Realising the need to serve India’s rural, remote and marginalised population with relevant information about governments services, schemes and entitlements in a timely manner, Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF) began...

India: Limited Access Restricting Expression
India: Limited Access Restricting Expression 28 October 2015 Ritu Srivastava and Niki Shah for Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF)

India is a country of paradox. In the era of information revolution, while India stands ranked among the top five contributors of the people who are online, it is also one of the top countries where more than 80% of the people have no access to internet, while more than 70% of women in rural India do not have access to a mobile phone. Through this research, Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF)...

Wireless for Communities (W4C) Programme: Connecting remotest communities of India through unlicensed wireless spectrum
Wireless for Communities (W4C) Programme: Connecting remotest communities of India through unlicensed wireless spectrum 21 February 2013 DEF

Information is power! However, creating an equitable society is one of the core challenges in India. Indians constitute about 17% of the world’s population, yet about 35% of the world’s poor and 40% of the illiterates in the world. When 70% of India’s population is residing in villages, the agenda of achieving inclusive growth cannot be fulfilled unless access to information, ...

ICTs and environmental sustainability:  India baseline study
ICTs and environmental sustainability: India baseline study 29 September 2011 Syed S. Kazi, Divya Menon & Ashok Karna

In India, the ICT boom in recent years has greatly increased the presence of new dangerous and toxic waste in the environment but no offical policies have been created to deal with the informal disposal of e-waste in the country. This study addresses the need for a consolidated study in India of any sorts to measure the policy trends in relation to environmental sustainability, climate change a...

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