Mere availability of digital tools and Internet connectivity alone does not make a village smart. Rather, it is the integration and optimum utilisation of these resources for social, ecological and economic impact that truly makes a smart village.
People often ask us why we at the Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF) are trying to impart digital literacy or create wi-fi hubs in villages when poor people need food, shelter and clothing.
The status of the BharatNet project and the government’s claims need to be taken with a large dose of salt
Our government websites are just an archive of digital formats of printed pieces of information. Their character hasn’t changed, neither has their appearance
Concrete and long-term efforts are required to include specially-abled persons under the National Digital Literacy Mission
The death of the tribal girl Santoshi Kumari, 11, in Jharkhand was caused not due to lack of availability of food, but due to the lack of access to available food
While all of the post offices in India are supposed to have internet (and be digitized by the end of the year), internet connectivity is non-functional at several units
With the government gung-ho about a Digital India and Smart India, here are a few apps that it can develop to bring in accountability, transparency, efficiency
Dilip Tripathi, a businessman from Lucknow, used his personal savings of Rs20 lakh to transform Hasuri Ausanpur into Digital Hasuri
Use of a simple smartphone can ensure equitable access to facilities, challenging patriarchal insensitivity and facilitating gender equality