Assistant Professor, IIIT-B
Janaki’s research examines the political economy of information-based development initiatives. She uses ethnographic and archival research to examine how ideologically diverse entities deploy information and information technologies towards achieving their varied visions of development in India. At the other end, she studies how the equally heterogeneous targets of these efforts fundamentally shape information use along gender, caste and class lines. Her recent projects have focused on identity systems, the role of intermediaries in cash-based economies, and learning in open information systems. Janaki has a PhD in Information Management and Systems from UC Berkeley and Masters degrees in Physics and in Information technology from IIT Delhi and IIIT Bangalore.