In the last couple of years, various social media initiatives, like using Facebook, have come up where govt agencies have shown proactive interest to engage with citizens
Big plans to serve the people in backward districts are impeded due to lack of a medium to reach them there
Task is clearly cut out for HRD ministry and IT department: set target and have all 1.5 million schools connected via Internet and provide 7.7 million teachers 3G-enabled tablets
There is a big gap between government capacity enablement and digital empowerment of masses
Innovations in empowerment of minorities have both political and governance gains
Given that information is a right in the modern age, remote communities need access
There is a large segment of population looking for sweeping societal and political transformations by being engaged in civic and political actions
On March 15, 2016, DEF and the FNF— with the strategic partnership of Twitter — organised the 3rd Social Media for Empowerment Awards and Summit at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi. Earlier in the day, a packed house was welcomed for the inaugural session by DEF Founder-Director Osama Manzar who broke some myths with his first few sentences.
The session was part of a day-long schedule — which included panel discussion on various topics related to the use of social media —of Social Media for Empowerment Awards & Summit 2016, organised by Digital Empowerment Foundation in partnership with the Friedrich Naumann Foundation.
DEF and Friedrich Naumann Stiftung für die Freiheit (FNF) organised a 90-minute panel discussion that brought together some pre-eminent thinkers and academics of the individual’s rights in the digital medium specifically on the topics of access, openness, security, privacy, policy, regulation and ethics.