About DEF

Digital Empowerment Foundation aims to connect unreached and underserved communities of India in an effort to bring them out of digital darkness and empower them with information access through last mile connectivity, digital literacy and digital interventions. With the motto to ‘Inform, Communicate and Empower,’ DEF aims to find sustainable ICT solutions to overcome information poverty in remote and rural locations of India. In an effort to achieve this aim, DEF has adopted a multi-stakeholder approach and a six-fold path to enable communities, governments, schools, civil society organisations and micro-enterprises to avail the benefits of the Information Age. Under this six-fold programme approach, DEF initiates projects in the areas of Access & Infrastructure; Education & Empowerment; Governance & Citizen Services; Markets & Social Enterprises; Knowledge Hub & Network; Research & Advocacy.

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Updates from DEF

Information, Entitlement & Engagement in Technocratic Times

Digital Empowerment Foundation organised a panel discussion on ‘Information, Entitlement & Citizen Engagement in Technocratic Times’ on March 9, 2017, during the 10th International Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance (ICEGOV2017) at Hotel Ashok, New Delhi. The 10th edition was hosted by the Ministry of Communications & Information Technology India in partnership with the United Nations University and collaboration with UNESCO.

Learning, advancing and evolving

“You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not?’” – George Bernard Shaw. Every new idea struggles to find its feet before it starts running. And even after finding its feet, there will be constant challenges. Perseverance is the key if we truly believe in something.Prayag is a unique idea, a dream.

Exploring Internet shutdowns in India

The Research & Advocacy Team of DEF explores Internet shutdowns and human rights violations in India through the launch of an interactive map. According to a secondary research carried out by the team, India has witnessed as many as 63 cases of Internet shutdowns since 2012. You may click on the QR codes on the map to know more about each case.