What is it that prompts a group of people in Calicut to start the Chamba Swatantra Cinema Project? How did the world move from copyrights over knowledge, introduced in the 16th-18th centuries and codified as the Statute of Anne, to free software, free knowledge and free culture? And when did this revolution in the way we think and create arrive in India?
The Kerala government employs free and open source software. Even the BJP and CPM have announced their support of FOSS. But the Maharashtra government recently announced an MOU with Microsoft for teacher training using Microsoft programs. Wouldn’t it have been better to train the teachers in FOSS applications that are available to everyone and signify equity and democracy in society?
The government has proposed a six-fold increase in spending on incorporating ICTs in school education. Government has also formed a group to draft a National Policy on ICT in School Education. Strangely, there are more representatives of IT majors in the group than educationists, says Gurumurthy Kasinathan
On the World Wide Web, Google is God. It is incredibly efficient at analysing web information and serving up the most relevant pages. But increasingly, there are whispers of Google's arbitrariness, its inherent bias towards big players, its arch-conservatism and its monopoly over Internet information dissemination
Times have changed for the media. The IT revolution has meant that your message can go to the four corners of the earth in minutes. This has been proved in Iraq, in Gujarat and most recently in Cancun. Can the media turn to the most pressing issues that need attention in our society, to bring about that radical change which has eluded us for so many decades? This article suggests it can