Our stance on Net Neutrality

Net Neutrality is a universal concept where Telecom Service Provider as an access provider has no right to select services, applications and content that consumers want to access. It is consumer/user’s right to select services, applications and content that they want to access. It functions under the basic assumption that all data is created equal…

Disaster Risk Management Using ICT

After the recent earthquake in Nepal, the United States Geological Survey has stated publicly that predicting the time and magnitude of earthquakes is next to impossible. Thus, with regards to earthquakes and some other geophysical phenomena, the focus shifts to response after the fact. Information Communication Technologies present an important set of tools that an aid responders…

DEF Recommendations on Network Neutrality

Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF) submitted views on the consultation paper on the Regulatory Framework for OTT Services, Internet Services and Network Neutrality released on March 27, 2015 by the TRAI (referred to as the “Internet Licensing Paper”). We are signing onto this letter and the supporting submissions on the specific queries listed in the Internet Licensing…

Rule of Thumb: Mobiles for Governance in India

Dasra recognizes an urgent need for inspired and uncompromising competence to touch and transform the lives of 800 million Indians. Through knowledge creation, capacity building, collaboration and fundraising, we nurture powerful partnerships with funders and social enterprises. Since 1999, Dasra has engaged with over 3,000 corporates, foundations and philanthropists, influenced INR 280 crore towards the social sector and improved…

NOFN: A Review Of The Pilot Blocks

In December 2014, DEF conducted a study to analyse connectivity in the pilot locations of the NOFN (which consists of 30 Gram Panchayats in Rajasthan, 15 in Andhra Pradesh and 14 in North Tripura). The study reveals that there is a fairly large gap between the initial claims made and the re-alities. There is an…

DEF Response on IGF’s Open Call for Input on Inter-sessional Work

 1. Which themes should be addressed in the inter-sessional work of IGF 2015?  Access Issue should be taken through inter-sessional work. In terms of access, affordability, mobile technology is inclusive in terms of existing infrastructure, affordability, wide-range of communication medium, etc. On the same line, wireless plays an important role in providing the last mile…