Rekha Jain / Professor, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad

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BIO

Rekha Jain is a professor at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad and the Executive Chair of the IIMA-IDEA Telecom Centre of Excellence. She was the faculty representative on the IIMA Board (2012-2014).

Her research and teaching interest are in Internet Governance, telecom policy and regulation, IT implementation, rural telecom, ICT strategy and management. She has consulted with several leading national and international organizations in areas of research interests such as Telecom Policy and Regulation, ICT Strategy and Management, Spectrum Management, Internet Governance, Information System Implementation and Impact Assessment in the ICT domain. Organizations which she has worked for include Commonwealth Telecom Organization, Panos Institute, World Bank, Department of Telecom, Videsh Sanchar Nigam Limited. Her recent projects have looked at innovations in mobile services, e-Gram service delivery, and incubation in high tech sectors.

She has several publications in national and international journals. She is on the editorial board of Journal of Global Information Management (JGIM) and Board Member of several professional organizations.

She has been a member of several key national level committees in the telecom and IT sectors and has worked with both international and domestic organizations.

She has a Ph.D. from the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, India. She was a recipient of senior Fulbright Fellowship on Telecom Regulation in 1997-98.

By Rekha Jain on Paris Innovation Review

Given the rural context in developing countries, how has the Internet influenced their socialization, economic opportunities and access to knowledge resources? Rural areas do not have educational, communication, and transportation facilities. Job opportunities are not many; information on job opportunities in other locations is not easily available. In emergencies like epidemic breaks or floods it is difficult to contact other organizations for help. Even commerce takes place at a primitive level. Do government initiatives to provide Internet access make a difference? To find out, we asked the people.
Le gouvernement indien a fait d'Internet un vecteur de la modernisation du pays, notamment dans les zones rurales. Si la connexion de dizaines de millions de foyers est une bonne nouvelle, quel en est l'impact réel ? Un moyen de le mesurer est d'interroger les usages, et de demander aux nouveaux internautes ce qu'ils en pensent.

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