Digital Divide & Gender Equality in Indian Emerging Markets

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Digital Divide & Gender Equality in Indian Emerging Markets


Tuesday 4l

Convener: Munir Mohhamed

Notes-taker(s): Heidi N Saul



Discussion notes, key understandings, outstanding questions, observations, and, if appropriate to this discussion: action items, next steps:


Munir is part of the IEEE Team that will be producing and hosting an IIW inspired and supported event, in Bangalore – July 10 & 11, 2018.


#inDITA = India Digital Identity & Trusted Agency

OR India Digital Inclusion through Trust in Agency

Both of these will represent the intent and spirit of this new ongoing Open Space unconference in India.


In this session Munir brought up the common circumstance of families (mostly in rural?) India who all share one phone. This phone is often provided by whomever the husband works for, and is the only wi-fi connected digital device the family has access to or owns. The husband would usually have the phone/smartphone during the day and in the evening the wife and children would have the opportunity to use it.


Facts and/or Issues with this ‘shared resource’ include:

  • Phone usually provided by the husbands employer – so husband has phone all day
  • Wife and Children primarily get to use use the phone in the evening
  • It is often used mostlyto watch videos/films & social media rather than education and related
  • Currently no way for Wife’s viewing/communication to be private from Husband
  • How to encourage use for educational purposes – window to a bigger world


This would make a great session at the upcoming Identity Event in Bangalore –

#inDITA July 10 – 11, 2018 at the International Institute of Information Technology, Bangalore