Last updated on Oct 31, 2016.
The key focus of the session is to share findings from our research on user interpretations of digital identities. From Aadhaar to Facebook, we see digital identities as a critical topic. There are numerous discussions around Aadhaar, but very few from the end user perspective – the young college-goer or the anganwadi worker, for example. How are interpretations of digital identities constructed in different Indic languages; how do they morph between these languages and how are they interpreted both by the interviewer working in this area, and by the interviewee sharing their thoughts and behaviours on digital identity? Are there differences between languages, and if so what are they? “Digital identity” is often a cohesive term, subsumed in debates on privacy, data mining and/or surveillance but identity is diverse, fragmented and performed, even more so linguistically.
We believe the session will therefore address all three provocations.
At present we are envisaging two potential formats – one is a roundtable/discussion with some of our interviewees and key informants interviewed on user perceptions of digital identity, with a linguistic focus.
The second, which would be less interactive, would be paper presentations but we have no written outputs yet as research is just beginning. We are scheduled to have initial findings by mid-February.
We will use a shared etherpad. We can discuss the post-conference essay/documentation but we suggest posting documentation on the IIITB and Caribou Digital websites (to be decided), in agreed languages.
This session will be convened by IIITB and Caribou Digital.
Dr. Janaki Srinivasan is an Assistant Professor at IIITB. More details here http://citapp.iiitb.ac.in/staff-members/janaki-srinivasan/.
Dr. Jonathan Donner is Senior Director, Caribou Digital. More details here http://cariboudigital.net/who-we-are/.
Dr. Sarita Seshagiri is a Research Fellow at IIITB. More details here https://www.linkedin.com/in/sarita.