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Portable India: A vision of responsible literacy in digital democracy

Gairola, R.K.ORCID: 0000-0002-1826-6339 and Datta, A. (2015) Portable India: A vision of responsible literacy in digital democracy. Advocate, 7 October 2015 .


On 21 August, 2015, Director Pradipta Banerji of the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee (IITR) and Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla of the University of California, San Diego, hosted a roundtable discussion for junior faculty that explored strategies for improving technological innovation in India. Although India is the world’s third largest Internet user, after the United States and China respectively, only twenty percent of all Indians have Internet access. Of the 4.4 billion people in the world who are still offline, twenty-five percent reside in the world’s largest democracy. Interdisciplinary research which combines Microelectronics and Communication along with Comparative Literature and Critical Theory can address these statistics. This interdisciplinary alliance empowers us to tackle one of South Asia’s most pressing issues in the twenty-first century, that of digital literacy among rural populations. By “digital literacy,” we mean the hypertexts, databases, and resources that comprise the soft materials for education and research along with the hardware and infrastructure needed to support them...

Item Type: Non-refereed Article
Publisher: CUNY Doctoral Students Council
Copyright: © 2015 The Advocate
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