IT for Change is an NGO based in Bengaluru, India.
IT for Change aims for a society in which digital technologies contribute to human rights, social justice and equity. Most mainstream approaches to digital technologies for development are either techno-utopic or promote a market-fundamentalist approach, often both together. A digital makeover of economies and societies has become a convenient opportunity for wholesale corporatisation of social systems, displacing the cornerstone ethics of democratic participation, commons, social justice and gender equality from development discourse.
Progressive actors from all sectors, we believe, must come together to influence the techno-social changes that are redefining our societies in all areas. They need to begin with framing the discourse, and then advocate for appropriate policies and demonstrate working models on the ground. Therefore, even as our own strategies span all these three areas, we also seek to build bridges across different sectors, in the global struggle towards an equitable digital society.
Our work in the areas of education, gender, governance, community informatics and internet/digital policies push the boundaries of existing vocabulary and practice, exploring new development and social change frameworks. Network building is key to our work.
IT for Change is in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.
ITfC was established in 2000 as a not for profit society registered under the Karnataka Societies Registration Act 1960. It is registered under section 12A(a) of the Income Tax Act 1961, which allows it to receive grants and donations. ITfC is also recognised under section 80G of the same Act, and donations made to ITfC are eligible for a deduction from the taxable income of the donor.