Public sector software and the revolution: digital literacy in communist Kerala

Thomas, Pradip Ninan (2014) Public sector software and the revolution: digital literacy in communist Kerala. Media, Culture and Society, 36 2: 258-268. doi:10.1177/0163443714526553

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Author Thomas, Pradip Ninan
Title Public sector software and the revolution: digital literacy in communist Kerala
Journal name Media, Culture and Society   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0163-4437
Publication date 2014-03-14
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/0163443714526553
Open Access Status
Volume 36
Issue 2
Start page 258
End page 268
Total pages 11
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted abstract
In the context of cost-cutting and austerity measures, public sector software based on the principles and technologies of free and open source software is increasingly being used by governments in both the developed and developing worlds. The move to adopt non-proprietorial software has been precipitated by a number of factors apart from cost, including the recognition of the effects of vendor lock-in, the consequences of efficiency deficits linked to the lack of inter-operability of software across sectors and departments, the recognition of the failure of existing software policy and its consequences, particularly a heightened comprehension of risk, and the realisation of the need for informational independence. This article explores public sector software as a ‘public good’, with specific reference to the IT@School project in Kerala state, India, that has enabled access and, in that process, empowered local, state-funded secondary school teachers and students to define, shape and create their own informational futures.
Keyword The commons
Digital literacy
Free and open source software
Public good
Public sector software
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Created: Wed, 12 Mar 2014, 08:29:14 EST by Assoc Prof Pradip Thomas on behalf of School of Journalism and Communication