Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Winter School @ IIIT Bangalore

Decoding the Digital: A 3-day Winter School at IIIT Bangalore, 12th-14th December 2016

Applications are invited for a 3-day winter school organized by the Centre for IT & Public Policy (CITAPP) at the International Institute of Information Technology Bangalore (IIITB) during 12th-14th December 2016.


Our everyday lives are increasingly embedded in the digital space - the way our cities look, the way we interact with friends, the way we keep in touch with family, the way we express our opinions, the way we shop, date, take a ride - almost everything that we do on a daily basis is digitally mediated, so much so that it will not be exaggeration to say that we live in a digital society. Even as the notion of a digital society captures our imagination, do we understand its different facades?

The Winter School: Decoding the Digital, positioned at the intersection of social science and information technology, provides a sneak peek into interdisciplinary perspectives to understand different aspects of the emerging digital society.  It draws upon:

Themes for 2016

To streamline the conversation around digital society, this year we focus on two themes that are much talked about in the popular press as well as in academic discourses: Smart Cities and Social Media. Between these two themes we cover wide range of topics ranging from smart communities to smart phones, from intelligent transportation to social activism, from e-governance to e-commerce, from big data to privacy and surveillance.

Programme Structure

The winter school programme consists of lectures, interactive discussions, film screenings and group activities. At the end of the three day programme, participants will present a poster on a specific aspect of the digital society discussed around the two specific themes. The sessions will be conducted during 9 am and 5 pm every day.


Anybody with a Bachelor's degree in any discipline may apply. Students who are in the final year of their Bachelor's degree may also apply. Working professionals employed in the government, corporate and not-for-profit sectors are also encouraged to apply. To apply, please fill in the Application form at

Applications must be submitted by 20th November 2016. Accepted candidates will be notified by 25th November 2016.

There is no fee for attending the winter school. Outstation participants may be provided accommodation in IIITB's hostels on payment of applicable charges. For further queries mail to:

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