Since the enactment of the Right to Information Act 2005 in India, a vast number of information and communication technology based projects have been initiated in a well-meaning effort to extend this fundamental right to most levels of society. In meeting the categorical demand for transparency and accountability, these 'e-governance' projects deploy a logic of efficiency that relegates power to the 'E' thus rendering technology as benefactor to the practical ills of governance in practice. What consequences can be expected with a predominantly 'e'fficiency based value-rationale in the context of the fundamental right to information? Zeenath Hasan, media researcher and practitioner, will present her work on the ambivalence of rationalities underlying the deployment of technology in governance based on field interviews she conducted with stakeholders of e-governance projects earlier this year in India and offer insights on instrumentality and the concept of the tool while reflecting on her own experience of working with alternative digital communities.
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Zeenath Hasan, Research Associate at Information + Innovation Policy Research Centre, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
- Tuesday, 27 April 2010
- 12.15 p.m. - 1.30 p.m.
Oei Tiong Ham Building
Conference Room, Level 1
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
469C Bukit Timah Road