CSLG organises a seminar by Aasim Khan

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Thursday, 14 February 2019
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Thursday, 14 February 2019
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CSLG organises a seminar by Aasim Khan
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CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF LAW AND GOVERNANCE

Jawaharlal Nehru University

 

SEMINAR SERIES

 

AASIM KHAN

 

 Assistant Professor, Department of Social Sciences and Humanities, Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology (IIIT-Delhi)

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From Autonomy to Anonymity: Information technology policy and new media politics in Indian democracy

 

 Abstract

 

The prominence of information and communications technology (ICTs) in defining India’s media modernity can be gauged by the growing reach of online social media as well as continuing expansion of digital media channels and satellite broadcasting even in the early 21st Century. Policies concerning information technologies, from telegraph to satellite networks, have also been central to media politics and with the rise of new media, internet related policies have similarly become a pivotal question in Indian democracy. Drawing from a comparative media system perspective, this paper argues that while there has been no major constitutional or legal overhaul, as yet, new ideas and information technology policy activism are reshaping the contours of state action and ‘autonomy’ of the press in the country.

 

Comparing technology policy debates in an earlier era, when satellite networks swept across Indian media system, with the more recent deliberations around the liabilities for digital intermediaries, the paper unpacks the nature of change and locates its origins in the changing structures of policy deliberations and institutions since the early 2000s. Technology related ideas, the paper argues, now serve as institutions, able to function as a ‘coordinating discourse’ (Schmidt 2008) that have revived ideals of an autonomous media. Technology inflected ideas of anonymity also counter the ‘communicative discourse’ (ibid) of cultural nationalism which structured media autonomy in the ascendant phase of print and electronic media capitalism until the 1990s.

 

3.00 PM, Thursday, 14 February 2019

 

Conference Room, CSLG, JNU

 

About the Speaker: Aasim Khan is Assistant Professor (Social Sciences) at the Department of Social Science and Humanities, IIIT-Delhi. He completed his PhD in Politics and Public Policy (Contemporary India) from King's College London. Dr Khan holds an MA from the AJK Mass Communication Research Center, Jamia Millia Islamia and an MA from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. His research themes concern the rise of new media and digital technology and their implications for politics, policy and more broadly democracy in contemporary world.

 

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