Inclusion, Localization,News and Journalism for Social Development


Focusing best ICT Initiatives and practices in Inclusion, Localisation and Media
Inclusion Localisation News Journalism Summit for Social Development was organized by Digital Empowerment Foundation and Intel on 5th December, 2013 in the 10th Manthan Award Asia Pacific. The Summit focused on role, impact and importance of digitalization in domains of Inclusion, Localisation and Media and discussion on future prospectus.


chair: A.V.V. Prasad, Additional Commissioner, Rural Development, Govt. of India
Moderator: Gautam Chikermane, Columnist, Inc.
Jury Expert: Ashis Sanyal, e-Governance and ICT4D Consultant

Dr. B. K. Murthy, Multimedia tool for Mitigating Code of Conduct
Dr. R. N. Behera, e-Sakhyam
Bill Thies, IVR Junction
Dr. Vijaya Wad, Marathi Encypedia – Vishwakosh
Mahesh Kulkarni, TDIL-DC
Ucchajit Kalita,
Isha Gupta, Halabol
Siraj Bisaralli, Kannadanet: Kannada Online News Paper
Tanvi Aher, ChildLine

Summit Bytes

B.K. Murthy, Multilingual Multimedia Tool for Mitigating Code of Conduct :The project emphasized on the code of conduct violation cases and offered a multimedia tool that checks on rules violation before or during the elections. The tool enables Election Commission (EC) to decide whether a particular candidate violates any rule or not or has given any statement and within six hours, the EC investigates the whole case and stores the information as a repository. The tool was envisaged as an information extraction and retrieval tool on the news item through audio, video and textual base. The tool was implemented for the first time by Gujarat Election Commission in 2012 elections and has a powerful search capability that searches for the text from entered keywords.
Dr. R.N. Behera, e-Sakhyam :
E-Sakhyam is a web portal that is designed for disabled people. The portal is completely accessible to people with disability and follows the principle of universal accessibility, based essentially on the idea of creating an obstacle free environment. The portal acts as a one stop authenticated and standardized information center on the various activities taken up by State Commissioner. Online case management system and disability certificate repository are also the associated features offered by the portal. The system is technologically efficient, citizen centric and with accessibility features, so as to make it usable by persons with disabilities with 24×7 information repository. Certain assistive technologies such as Magnifier, Screen Reader, Text Resizer, contrast Adjuster are also supplemented for better viewing and usage.
Bill Thies, IVR Junction :IVR Junction offers a flexible and robust voice-based communication system by connecting an Interactive Voice Response (IVR) system to cloud services such as YouTube, Facebook and other social media platforms. IVR Junction has enabled women rights activists from all economic backgrounds and varied literacy levels to raise their voices for advocating women safety and empowerment. The system has connected unheard voices to global social media. The system is also supplemented with audio recording facility.
Mr. Mahesh Kulkarni, TDIL- DC :TDIL (Indian Language Technology Proliferation and Deployment Centre) is a national level repository on Indian Language Tools and Technologies, linguistic resources and standards. The project is a resource for the common man providing desktop and mobile platforms in various Indian languages. The initiative has made various academic and research content available to scholars, researchers, academia and domain experts in Indian languages. TDIL-DC is also aspiring towards enhancement in multilingual web technologies, collaborations with IT industries, and association with the industry leaders for productization. Currently, 52 researchers are utilizing the resources and 20 lac visitors visited this year, with approximately 1 Cr. visits so far.
Dr. Vijaya Wad, Marathi Encyclopedia – Maharashtra :
Marathi Vishwakosh is the only Indian language encyclopedia available on internet for free in Unicode that depicts knowledge in Marathi. The ‘Vishwakosh’ has 23,000 printed pages online. Marathi Vishwakosh covers perspectives from various domains of Literature, Environment, Life Sciences, physics, chemistry, Nuclear Science, Botany, Biology, and Linguistics etc. The project makes an extensive utilization of Search Engine Optimization techniques; enabling its visibility in the top searches. Searches on the portal are also facilitated with Autosuggest, and Onscreen Keyboard facility. based on ‘Vishwakosh’ articles. Vishwakosh is meant for various strata’s of society viz. Students, Researchers, Journalists, Parents, Teachers, Housewives, Linguists, Senior Citizens and common man thereby satisfying their quest of knowledge, with over eight lakh fifty thousand visitors visited the portal so far. The portal also visions to come out in the form of an e-book and be backed up by various knowledge games, puzzles etc.
Ucchajit Kalita, : is an ICT based intellectual movement that is for the common people by the common people. It has been dealt with writings in Assamese script completely based on UNICODE. The project also utilizes the social media platforms for reaching out to the masses. Xahitya aims to provide a platform to the budding Assamese writers and thought provokers to display their skills on a global level. It also caters to the community based efforts to preserve and promote cultural and literary heritage of the region in the era of Information technology using constructive power of social media. The is a first website of North East India which is non-profit, voluntary website with self sustainability and has been visited 12000+ participants till date.
Isha Gupta, Halabol :
‘Halabol’ is a one stop destination of social information and action in India. It provided online tools to take instant actions on social issues using interactive outreach on social media platforms, through active engagements. Halabol has also been involved in raising funds for various social causes through its social media establishment. Some of its active and popular campaigns include the campaign against the acid attack, campaign for raising funds to bring electricity in remote villages etc. The programme archived social information vis- a-vis issue categories and active engagement through interactive content. Halabol has motivated 5,000 people to take a digital pledge on ‘Halabol’ for doing meaningful action in their lives.
Siraj Bisaralli, Kannadanet : is an online newspaper portal of north Karnataka providing local news and information to the local Kannada community since 2009. The website includes discussions and information dissemination on various domains including History, Business, Tourism, Education, Literature, Politics, and Governance. The organization also organizes quizzes, essay writing competitions, and other social activities for community involvement in schools and colleges. It also provides free computer training to the individuals, equipping them with required sills for employment in local BPOs, and offices. Kannadanet aspires to empower the Kannada community with information and knowledge sharing on the local heritage, culture, events and other happenings.
Tanvi Aher, Childline :
‘Child Sexual Abuse Awareness School Program’ is an initiative by ChildLine India Foundation. The project is designed to inform children about the various form of “touch”, and equip themwith necessary knowledge and resources to prevent and report sexual abuse through storytelling, and classroom sessions using animated films. Currently the project is running in Mumbai. ‘ChildLine India Foundation’ also has a countrywide helpline number and has received 27 million calls since 1997. It has created a more informed and active generation of students across the city of Mumbai, Navi Mumbai and Thane.
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