24 episodes

IIIT Bangalore has been host to research domains, programs and centers that bring together researchers from engineering, public policy, political science, sociology, economics and many more. To celebrate this diverse research culture, we bring to you “Technology, Together.” a podcast series that dives headfirst into the complex world of technology, critically engaging with social, political and cultural factors that shape the design, development and use of technologies.

Background Music Credits: Shounak Shirodkar (IMT2019)

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IIIT Bangalore has been host to research domains, programs and centers that bring together researchers from engineering, public policy, political science, sociology, economics and many more. To celebrate this diverse research culture, we bring to you “Technology, Together.” a podcast series that dives headfirst into the complex world of technology, critically engaging with social, political and cultural factors that shape the design, development and use of technologies.

Background Music Credits: Shounak Shirodkar (IMT2019)

    #3.08 Research-based planning for sustainable and liveable cities

    #3.08 Research-based planning for sustainable and liveable cities

    Globally, urbanization, urban development and management debates have been influenced by the “smart city” idea – an idea that has emerged fashionable both in policy and practice. Its main focus appears to be on the role of Information and communication technology (ICT) infrastructure, although related socio-economic as well as political factors have also been discussed. Today, we have with us Dr. Anjali Karol Mohan, an urban and regional planner with an experience of over two decades to discuss what do we miss out when we take a technology-centric approach to urban planning as is the case with Smart Cities and what alternatives exist out there.
    Dr. Mohan is an urban and regional planner with a PhD in e-governance. Over the past two and a half decades Dr. Mohan’s practice and research straddles development, urban planning and management, public policy and information and communication technologies and development (ICTD). She is a visiting Faculty at the National Law School University of India, Bangalore, International Institute of Information Technology Bangalore and Takshashila Learning Institution.

    • 50 min
    #3.07 Ordinary Ethics of AI and Storytelling

    #3.07 Ordinary Ethics of AI and Storytelling

    When it comes to talking about AI ethics, we often hear terms such as bias, fairness, accountability, transparency, human-centered explainable AI, and responsible AI. While they cover major concerns around an AI/data-driven world from technologists’ imagination, they do not capture how these technologies are experienced in everyday lives of people across different physical and social geographies. How do we then create a bottom-up participatory narrative about AI, ethics and algorithmic harm? How do we talk about ordinary ethics of AI? To explore some of these possibilities, today, we have with us Dr. Ranjit Singh.

    Ranjit is a postdoctoral researcher at the Data and Society Research Institute in New York. Ranjit studies the intersection of data infrastructures, global development, and public policy. His dissertation research advances public understanding of the affordances and limits of Aadhaar, India’s biometrics-based national identification infrastructure, in practically achieving inclusive development and reshaping the nature of citizenship.

    • 49 min
    #3.06 A Free, Fair and Equitable Digital Society

    #3.06 A Free, Fair and Equitable Digital Society

    Everything we do in our everyday lives - from interpersonal relations to work, from travel to entertainment- are almost ubiquitously mediated through digital technologies. So much so that we can hardly prise apart the digital from the social. We live in a digital society that is increasingly complex and unpredictable, leading to new patterns in our existing social institutions and relations. While these changes bring in new opportunities, they also raise concerns about sustainability, equity and justice in a digital world. In response to some of these questions IIITB introduced an interdisciplinary MSc programme in Digital Society in 2015 which trains new-age professionals who would be ready to address complex realities of our digital worlds and to create a more inclusive digital society. As an extension of this programme, we also look to collaborate with other organizations that share this common goal and vision.  Aapti, a bangalore-based research institution is one such organization.  It  generates public, policy-relevant, actionable and accessible knowledge from the frontiers of tech and society, about our networked lives, to support the creation of a fair, free, and equitable society.



    Today, we have with us its founder Dr. Sarayu Natarajan. Sarayu’s wide expertise spans from management consulting (McKinsey and Company) to venture investing (Elevar Equity), from program development and management (Gray Matters Capital) to academic research. She has a PhD in Political Science from King's College London, a Master's in Public Policy from the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at Columbia University, and a arts and law degree from the National Law School of India University, Bangalore (NLSIU). In today's episode, we will discuss Srayu’s experience of establishing Aapti and the kind of work they are dong and their future goals.

    • 38 min
    #3.05 Navigating a Professional Future in Digital Society

    #3.05 Navigating a Professional Future in Digital Society

    Digital society has grown to be an increasingly significant field of study as we have come to live in an increasingly digital world. In that case, questions around navigating through our everyday digital lives as contributors and change-makers also become relevant. For those working on understanding frameworks and preparing to investigate how digital technologies shape our worlds, charting out a career path that best represents their interests is undoubtedly important. For this, we thought it would be best to hear from one of our own alumni, Prasaanth Balraaj who graduated from the M.Sc. Digital Society programme in 2018. Prior to this, Prasaanth came in with an Electronics Engineering background. Since his graduation, he has worked on design and implementation of various ICTs, specifically within the healthcare industry. Initially he was at Everwell Health Solutions, a leader in the healthcare technology industry. He is currently a Associate Solutions Manager at Wadhwani AI and is working on developing multiple interventions within the healthcare sector.

    • 28 min
    #3.04 Political Economies of Transnational Labour

    #3.04 Political Economies of Transnational Labour

    Defining identities linked to labour relations has been a problem that has perplexed scholars. To accommodate technological nuances into defining these identities has proved an even more puzzling endeavour. But, our guest today has delved deep into such matters and done so very prudently. Joining us on this episode of Technology Together is Prof. Winifred Poster, a feminist scholar of labour and technology. Winnie’s extensive research on digital globalization has led her to follow high-tech firms from the US to India through earlier waves of computer manufacturing and more recently, in the context of back-office work and call centres. Her work examines how information communication technologies are changing the meaning of work, dispersing it transnationally, incorporating new types of workers, and reshaping identities. In this episode, we speak with Prof. Poster about the political economies of transnational labour.

    • 41 min
    #3.03 Health & Gender Equity: Role of Big Data

    #3.03 Health & Gender Equity: Role of Big Data

    The use of big data in the health industry to contribute to advancing the field is not a new practice. But it is one that has been constantly evolving, especially to support evidence-based policy and practice for population-level impact, This also means that special focus on specific groups of the population is essential to understand varied impacts. This women's day, we try to bring to light the overlap of big data and gender studies within the purview of health. With abundant health data in repositories available for use, the practice of making sense of this data through different lenses becomes imperative. Our guest in this episode does this exactly. She looks at big data and how emerging patterns tell us more about the intersection of gender and health. 

    Nabamallika Dehingia is a doctoral fellow at the Center for Gender Equity and Health at the University of California, San Diego. Her interests lie in gender equity and health research, the use of machine learning algorithms for applied gender analysis. She is someone who is extremely well-versed in quantitative data analysis, monitoring and evaluation of community-based health interventions. Nabamallika is also interested in using advanced statistical techniques to answer critical questions related to public health.

    • 20 min

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