You are invited to IPID - ICT4D seminar organized by the ICT4D research group at Örebro University and the International Network for Postgraduate Students in the area of ICT4D (IPID). We will host Dr. Silvia Masiero, a research fellow at the Department of Management, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). The seminar will be followed by defense of a doctoral thesis entitled "Motivating eParticipation in Authoritarian Countries" by Wairagala Wakabi .
Topic of the seminar: The Politics of Anti-Poverty Artefacts: Lessons from Computerisation of the Indian Food Security System [PPT Presentation] [Video]
Location: Örebro University, Sweden
Date & Time: 28 April 2016 at 10:30 - 12:00
Live stream link: https://connect.sunet.se/ict4d/ (Time Zone - GMT+01:00; Amsterdam, Berlin, Bern, Rome, Stockholm, Vienna)
For time and venue of the defense: please follow this link www.oru.se/kalendarium/disputationer-och-spikningar/disputation-wairagala-wakabi-informatik/
Presentation Abstract of the Seminar:
The study of information technology for poverty reduction has become a research priority in the field of ICTs for development. In this context, a somehow silent orthodoxy has emerged: informatisation of anti-poverty programmes has been lumped with reduction of the state’s role, and with the simultaneous enhancement of market mechanisms in their functioning. The current Government of India, in office since May 2014, has embraced a policy agenda of this kind: informatisation is being used to promote a shift from bureaucracy to a leaner system, based on cash transfers to below-poverty-line households. However, little evidence qualifies technology as a route to marketisation, and the link between IT and social safety nets needs to be theorised in its own right.
The presentation explores the link between IT adoption and transformation of anti-poverty programmes, focusing on the nature of the change brought by computerisation. The notion of technology as socially embedded constitutes the point of departure: adding to it, the presenter adopts a lens that qualifies context in historical terms, and focuses on the interaction between anti-poverty systems and the development policies underlying their construction. On this basis, the presenter devises a political conception of anti-poverty artefacts, which carry the signs of the development models behind them - and in turn, of the history that informed their conception. Most crucially, technology plays an active part in this tangle, reflecting development policy choices and informing, in turn, the course of history.
About the Presenter of the Seminar:
Dr. Silvia Masiero is a teaching fellow in the Department of Management, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). She holds a PhD Information Systems from LSE, and her core research focus is on the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in the design and implementation of anti-poverty programmes. Her doctoral thesis as well as her early post-doctoral work focus on the role of digital technologies in reconstructing accountability mechanisms in the Indian Public Distribution System (PDS), the biggest food security net in India. Underpinning Silvia’s research is a focus on capability enhancement through ICTs, and on the use of digital technologies in the development and reinforcement of accountability structures.
How to Participate
If you wish to attend, please register online via the link: http://goo.gl/forms/9Wt3uv6RWN. If you are unable to register online or have questions concerning the seminar please contact the IPID coordinator at: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com cc to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Participants outside Sweden can use this link: https://connect.sunet.se/ict4d/ to participate online.
IPID will provide travel grants to 10 students from Swedish universities who want to attend the seminar. Students who want to recieve travel grants should state 'yes' on the registration form (http://goo.gl/forms/9Wt3uv6RWN).
Free FIKA (coffee, tea and snacks) will be provided at the seminar.
Local participants can get to Örebro by train and from the train station to Örebro university by buss 3 and buss 9 (you are advised to check traffic updates in case of buss changes).