#DigitalIdentities

Anjali K Mohan, Harish Boya, Janaki Srinivasan, Khetrimayum Monish Singh, and Sarita Seshagiri

researchers@work
Jun 11, 2019 · 4 min read
Identities Research Project, IIIT-B, Caribou Digital, and Omidyar Network (2017)

The Translation of Digital Identities into, from, and between Kannada, Hindi, Assamese and English

The key focus of the session is to explore the relationship between digital identities and language from the perspectives of users. “Digital identity” is often a cohesive term, subsumed in debates on privacy, data mining and/or surveillance but identity is diverse, fragmented and performed, even more so linguistically. How are interpretations of digital identities constructed in different Indic languages; how do they morph between these languages and how are they interpreted both by the interviewer working in this area, and by the interviewee sharing their thoughts and behaviours on digital identity? Are there differences between languages, and if so what are they?

Session Plan

We will kick off the session with a discussion of findings from ongoing research on the creation and use of government ID and other platforms, including Aadhaar in Karnataka and Delhi, and the NRC database in Assam. We will also examine what the designers and implementers of initiatives focused on ‘the digital’ see as the role of language in their work. The rest of the session will be organized through multiple break out groups that will explore how language shapes users’ constructions of their identities in the digital space, including both state-based and private social media platforms. An important question we will discuss is how users and researchers have interpreted ‘identity’ in various languages.

Audio Recording of the Session

Session Team

This session was convened by International Institute of Information Technology Bangalore and Caribou Digital.

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