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The second season of Cyber Democracy podcast focuses on understanding how technology is a site for gendered politics in India. Through conversations with female and trans-queer grassroots practitioners, the podcast will discuss how our gender and intersectional identities shape our experiences of and engagements with technologies and the Internet.

Show Host: Radhika Radhakrishnan
(https://twitter.com/so_radhikal)

Season 1

What does Democracy mean in this age of cyber? How does the government benefit from the sale of our data? What is data economy? And does the internet give us the right to be forgotten? These and many more questions will be discussed, debated and answered in Cyber Democracy, a new podcast offering from Suno India.

Show Host: Srinivas Kodali (https://twitter.com/digitaldutta)

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The second season of Cyber Democracy podcast focuses on understanding how technology is a site for gendered politics in India. Through conversations with female and trans-queer grassroots practitioners, the podcast will discuss how our gender and intersectional identities shape our experiences of and engagements with technologies and the Internet.

Show Host: Radhika Radhakrishnan
(https://twitter.com/so_radhikal)

Season 1

What does Democracy mean in this age of cyber? How does the government benefit from the sale of our data? What is data economy? And does the internet give us the right to be forgotten? These and many more questions will be discussed, debated and answered in Cyber Democracy, a new podcast offering from Suno India.

Show Host: Srinivas Kodali (https://twitter.com/digitaldutta)

    Violence and privacy invasions within intimate relationships in digital spaces

    Violence and privacy invasions within intimate relationships in digital spaces

    In this episode of Cyber Democracy, Host Radhika Radhakrishnan spoke to author, artist and storyteller, Indu Harikumar about digital violence and privacy invasions within intimate relationships. What does such violence look like? How do people experience it? How do they respond to it?

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    • 38 min
    Performing sexuality, desire and pleasure online

    Performing sexuality, desire and pleasure online

    The Internet can be a fascinating space, with the potential to explore our diverse identities and navigate different kinds of experiences. In this podcast, today we will explore how the Internet and social media shape expressions of sex, and the performance of sexuality, desire and pleasure online. Cyber Democracy host Radhika Radhakrishnan discusses with Paromita Vohra and Smita Vanniyar about taking risks to express desire online, and how people employ personal safeguards to seek pleasure in a safe manner on the Internet. You will also hear how social media platforms as well as the state employ practices that censor sexual expression and sanitise the Internet, and how people are creatively subverting these in their everyday lives.

    Paromita is a filmmaker and writer whose work spans themes of feminism, desire, urban life and popular culture. She is the founder and creative director of Agents of Ishq.

    Smita works at the intersection of gender, sexuality, and technology with a focus on digital rights, holistic digital security, and digital storytelling.



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    • 49 min
    Digital Platformisation of Domestic Work

    Digital Platformisation of Domestic Work

    The rise of the gig economy and its digital mediation has led to various online platforms for workers. Some such platforms are targeted towards domestic workers. In India, domestic workers are mostly women from marginalised castes and classes, forming an invisible backbone of the care economy. With the advent of online platforms, what happens to these structural inequalities? Situating the lived realities of domestic workers, today’s episode focuses on the challenges that they are facing while navigating digital platforms.

    In conversation with Ambika Tandon and Parijatha G.P., we discuss how digital platforms are affecting the ability of domestic workers to find work, to unionise and negotiate with employers, and to ensure social protection and a life of dignity. We also discuss how COVID-19 has impacted this scenario and some recommendations for enacting change.

    Please follow the below links to read more about the research on this:Digital mediation of reproductive and care work in India: Research reflexivity and challenges
    Platformisation of Domestic Work in India: Report from a Multistakeholder Consultation
    DWRU, BBGS & MKU – The Covid-19 Pandemic and the Invisible Workers of the Household Economy – Report

    For more details visit The Centre for Internet & Society



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    • 44 min
    Technology-mediated exclusion for social protection schemes for women

    Technology-mediated exclusion for social protection schemes for women

    An important way to ensure that health pandemics do not turn into socio-economic crises is through social protection, which ensures that the livelihoods of the poor and marginalised remain protected. During COVID-19, the Indian government implemented various social protection schemes for the poor, relying upon technology-mediated methods such as direct benefit transfers (DBTs) and the JAM (Jan Dhan-Aadhaar-Mobile) Trinity. Despite this, according to a survey across 23 states, 23% of the respondents had to borrow money to manage their household, and 8% had to sell a valuable possession. Another survey among low-income households across 15 states showed that only 19% of people were satisfied with how much government entitlements helped them navigate the crisis.

    In this episode, the host Radhika Radhakrishnan explores the challenges that women in rural India are facing under Digital India for accessing social protection schemes during COVID-19. She speaks with Drishti Agarwal and Manju Rajput, who are Programme Executives of Family Empowerment Programme, Aajeevika Bureau.



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    • 36 min
    Gendered access to Internet at home during COVID-19

    Gendered access to Internet at home during COVID-19

    When the COVID-19 pandemic hit India, and a national lockdown was ordered, we were pushed back into the space of our homes. Because of this, our ability to survive and continue livelihoods has been hinged on our access to mobile phones and the Internet, But what does this mean for people who do not have such access, or for whom this access is controlled by men in the family?

    In this episode, Cyber Democracy season 2 host Radhika Radhakrishnan, discuss the effect this has had on women for reporting domestic violence, for domestic workers and sex workers, for girls to access online education, and for queer communities to access support structures of chosen families.



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    • 41 min
    Future of Labour Post COVID-19: Part 3

    Future of Labour Post COVID-19: Part 3

    COVID has accelerated automation of labour and has forced monitoring of workers and their bodies. This excessive collection of data of labour not only brings in the question of violations of their right to privacy but other issues of labour rights and their violations by the platforms. The forceful collection of data from the labour leads to many questions of ownership of the data, the impact of this data on their wages, work and their personal life. The never-ending question of will this data be used to replace the worker with a machine still looms us? In this 3 part series, we have experts Aditi Surie, Urvashi Aneja, Anupam Guha, explaining these issues in detail. These episodes are based on the webinar “Rise of Employee Surveillance post-COVID and Labour Rights Violations” conducted by Suno India on 30 May 2020.In this final episode of the series, the host, Srinivas Kodali speaks with Dr Anupam Guha, an Assistant Professor at the Centre for Policy Studies, IIT Bombay. 

    Do listen to the previous episodes with Aditi Surie, a social science researcher at Indian Institute of Human Settlements and Urvashi Aneja, Founding Director of Tandem Research. 



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