Indra de Lanerolle
Indra is the Director of JAMLAB, a new digital journalism and media accelerator at Tshimologong digital innovation precinct, and heads the Network Society internet research programme at Wits where he is also a Visiting Research Associate and adjunct lecturer in the journalism and media studies department. He is a co-founder of the The Civic Tech Innovation Network which brings together people in government, civil society and technology in South Africa to improve innovation in governance, with GCRO and MAVC.
His research, writing and consulting is focused on internet and mobile technologies and innovation in Africa and their relationship to social, political and economic change. Current and recent research includes a study of ‘less connected’ mobile Internet users in South Africa; a study of how organisations in Kenya and South Africa develop and choose ‘civic tech’ and a study of demand for Open Data. He also developed the The South African Network Society Survey, the 1st dedicated representative user survey of internet use in South Africa with ResearchICTAfrica.
Indra has been a guest speaker and given seminars at Oxford Internet Institute, Berkman Centre, Harvard and ISCTE-IUL, Lisbon. His work has won a Peabody and received an Emmy nomination and been broadcast on BBC and Channel 4 (UK), SABC (SA), PBS (US) and in many other countries.