Aaditeshwar Seth

You can read my research statement here, written towards the end of 2019.

My upcoming book reflects much of my learning gained over the last decade and a half on the relationship between technology, ethics, and social development. The preface and introduction are available here: Technology and (Dis)Empowerment: A Call to Technologists, feedback will be greatly appreciated. An extract from the book proposal about what the book is about, is here

COVID-19 related writings and reports by Gram Vaani: Full archive here.

Communication Infrastructure and Community Mobilization: The Case of Gram Vaani's COVID-19 Response Network for the Marginalized in India - H. Wang, A. Seth, M. Johri, E. Kalra, and A. Singhal.
Journal of Development Communication, Dec 2021.

Systemic Gaps in India’s Social Protection Delivery Architecture - V. Viswanathan and A. Seth.
The India Forum, Aug 2021. Local pdf.

Delivery of Social Protection Entitlements in India: Unpacking Exclusion, Grievance Redress, and the Relevance of Citizen-Assistance Mechanisms - A. Gupta, A. Narayanan, A. Bhutani, A. Seth, M. Johri, N. Kumar, S. Ahmad, M. Rahman, L. Enoch, D. Kumar, A. Sharma, A. Kumar, L.R. Pappu, and D. Pant.
Azim Premji University COVID-19 Research Funding Programme, March 2021

The Post-lockdown State of Labour - A. Seth.
Gram Vaani Community Media, September 2020 [shorter version published in India Development Review]

NREGA as Social Protection and Beyond: A Shot at Dignity of Workers, - V. Visvanathan, S. Ahmad, and A. Seth.
Gram Vaani Community Media, September 2020 [shorter version published in India Development Review]

The first 100 Days: How Has COVID-19 Affected Poor and Vulnerable Groups in India? - M. Johri, S. Agarwal, A. Khullar, D. Chandra, V.S. Pratap, and A. Seth.
Health Promotion International, August 2020 (published May 2021). [policy brief]

#NotStatusQuo: A Campaign to Fix the Broken Social Protection System in India - A. Seth, S. Ahmad, and O. Ruthven.
Gram Vaani Community Media, August 2020.

Our Welfare System is Broken - A. Seth and V. Viswanathan.
India Development Review, June 2020.

Technologies that Disempower: Design Flaws in Technologies Used for the Delivery of Social Protection Measures in India - A. Seth.
ACM Interactions, Nov 2020 [shorter version published in Civil Society]

The Empathy to Learn and Fix - A. Seth.
The India Forum, May 2020. Local pdf.

What COVID-19 Means to Us: Voices from the Indian Hinterlands - V. Viswanathan, Gram Vaani team, and A. Seth.
The India Forum, April 2020 [Local pdf]

Economy and media monitoring

Exploring the Scope of Using News Articles to Understand Development Patterns of Districts in India - M. Gupta, S. Saifi, K. Verma, K. Rekha, and A. Seth.
KDD Workshop on Data Science for Social Good, 2021.

IndiaSat: A Pixel-Level Dataset for Land-Cover Classification on Three Satellite Systems - Landsat-7, Landsat-8, and Sentinel-2 - C. Bansal, H.O. Yadav, M. Jain, O. Prakash, S.A. Mehta, D. Singh, H. Baheti, S. Singh, and A. Seth.

Ideology Detection in the Indian Mass Media - A. Sharma, N. Kaur, A. Sen, and A. Seth.
ASONAM, 2020.

Characterizing the Evolution of Indian Cities using Satellite Imagery and Open Street Maps - C. Bansal, A. Singla, A.K. Singh, H.O. Ahlawat, M. Jain, P. Singh, P. Kumar, R. Saha, S. Taparia, and A. Seth.
Best paper honourable mention, ACM COMPASS, 2020. Supplementary material.

What Drives Location Preference for CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) Investments in India? - V. Pareek, R. Sharma, A. Sen, and A. Seth.
ACM COMPASS, 2020. Full paper.

Temporal Prediction of Socio-economic Indicators Using Satellite Imagery - C. Bansal, A. Jain, P. Barwaria, A. Choudhary, A. Singh, A. Gupta, and A. Seth.
CoDS-COMAD, 2020.

Price Forecasting & Anomaly Detection for Agricultural Commodities in India - L. Madaan, A. Sharma, P. Khandelwal, S. Goel, P. Singla, and A. Seth.
ACM COMPASS, 2019. Supplementary material

Towards Building a District Development Model for India Using Census Data - D. Goswami, S.B. Tripathi, S. Jain, S. Pathak, and A. Seth.
ACM COMPASS, 2019. Supplementary material.

Studying the Discourse on Economic Policies in India Using Mass Media, Social Media, and the Parliamentary Question Hour Data - A. Sen, D. Ghatak, K. Kumar, G. Khanuja, D. Bansal, M. Gupta, K. Rekha, S. Bhogale, P. Trivedi, and A. Seth.

An Attempt at Using Mass Media Data to Analyze the Political Economy Around Some Key ICTD Policies in India - A. Sen, Priya, P. Aggarwal, S. Verma, D. Ghatak, P. Kumari, M. Singh, A. Guru, and A. Seth.
ICTD, 2019. Supplementary material.

Leveraging Web Data to Monitor Changes in Corporate-Government Interlocks in India - A. Sen, A. Agarwal, A. Guru, A. Choudhuri, G. Singh, I. Mohammed, J. Goyal, K. Mittal, M. Singh, M. Goel, S. Gupta, S. Pathak, V. Madapur, and A. Seth.

Empirical Analysis of the Presence of Power Elite in Media - A. Sen, Priya, P. Aggarwal, A. Guru, D. Bansal, I. Mohammed, J. Goyal, K. Kumar, K. Mittal, M. Singh, M. Goel, S. Gupta, V. Madapur, V. Khatana, and A. Seth.

Guiding priciples for technology-for-development projects

The Limits of Design in Ensuring Responsible Outcomes from Technology - A. Seth.
ICTD, 2020.

A Call to Technologists - A. Seth.
Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society, 2020. [JICES link]

The Elusive Model of Technology, Media, Social Development, and Financial Sustainability - A. Seth.
Book chapter, Socio-Tech Innovation: Harnessing Technology for Social Good, Editors: Latha Poonamallee, Joanne Scillitoe, and Simy Joy, 2020.

A New Paradigm to Accommodate Ethical Foundations in the Design and Management of Digital Platforms - A. Seth.
Working paper, 2019.

Ensuring Responsible Outcomes from Technology - A. Seth.
Invited talk and paper. COMSNETS 2019. Presentation slides

Realizing social development through technology

The Power of Narrative Persuation: How an Entertainment-Education Serial Drama Tackled Open Defecation and Promoted Contraceptive Use in India - H. Wang, A. Singhal, P. Muttreja, A. Vajpeyi, R. Laddha, S. Singh, P.D. Mazumdar, A. Srivastava, V. Rao, S. Saini, D. Rautela, and A. Seth.
Journal of Development Communication, Volume 31(2), 2020.

Reflections from Practical Experiences of Managing Participatory Media Platforms for Development - A. Seth, A. Gupta, A. Moitra, D. Kumar, D. Chakraborty, L. Enoch, O. Ruthven, P. Panjal, R.A. Siddiqi, R. Singh, S. Chatterjee, S. Saini, S. Ahmad, and V. Sai Pratap.
ICTD, 2020.

Development of an mHealth Behavior Change Communication Strategy: A Case-study from Rural Uttar Pradesh in India - M. Cielo Pérez Osorio, R. Singh, D. Pant, V. Ridde, A. Seth, and M. Johri.
ACM COMPASS, 2020. Related journal paper by co-authors.

Implementation Fidelity and Acceptability of an Intervention to Improve Vaccination Uptake and Child Health in Rural India: A Mixed Methods Evaluation of a Pilot Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial - M.C. Pérez, D. Chandra, G. Koné, R. Singh, V. Ridde, M. Sylvestre, A. Seth, and M. Johri.
Implement Science Communications, 2020.

An Analysis of Impact Pathways Arising from a Mobile-based Community Media Platform in Rural India - A. Moitra, A. Kumar, and A. Seth.
Manuscript, 2020.

Development of Learning and a Shared Understanding in Participatory Media Environments - A. Seth.
Manuscript, 2020.

Experiences from a Mobile-based Behaviour Change Campaign on Maternal and Child Nutrition in Rural India - D. Chakraborty, A. Gupta, Gram Vaani Team, and A. Seth.
ICTD 2019. Supplementary material

An Analysis of Community Mobilization Strategies of a Voice-based Community Media Platform in Rural India - A. Moitra, A. Kumar, and A. Seth.
ITID 2018

Findings from a Civil Society Mediated and Technology Assisted Grievance Redressal Model in Rural India - D. Chakraborty, S. Ahmad, and A. Seth.
ICTD, 2017

Design Lessons from Creating a Mobile-based Community Media Platform in Rural India - A. Moitra, V. Das, A. Kumar, Gram Vaani, and A. Seth.
ICTD 2016

Building Citizen Engagement into the Implementation of Welfare Schemes in Rural India - D. Chakraborty and A. Seth.
ICTD, 2015

Airavat: an automated system to increase transparency and accountability in social welfare schemes in India - V. Srinivasan, V. Vardhan, S. Kar, S. Asthana, R. Narayanan, P. Singh, D. Chakraborty, A. Singh, and A. Seth.
ICTD, 2013 (poster)

Application of Mobile Phones and Social Media to Improve Grievance Redressal in Public Services - A. Seth, A. Katyal, R. Bhatia (IIT Delhi), D. Kapoor, Balachandran C, V. Venkat, A. Moitra, S. Chatterjee, M. Shivam, Z. Koradia (Gram Vaani), and P. Naidu (Action India).
M4D Web Foundation workshop 2012 [talk]

Theories of information evolution on social media

Fairness and Diversity in the Recommendation and Ranking of Participatory Media Content - Muskaan, M.P. Dhaliwal, and A. Seth.
KDD workshop on Intelligent Information Feeds, 2019 and ASONAM, 2021. Supplementary material

A personalized credibility model for recommending messages in social participatory media environments - A. Seth, J, Zhang, and R. Cohen.
World Wide Web, 2015

Bayesian Credibility Modeling for Personalized Recommendation in Participatory Media - A. Seth, J, Zhang, and R. Cohen.
UMAP, 2010

A Subjective Credibility Model for Participatory Media - A. Seth, J. Zhang, and R. Cohen
AAAI Workshop on Recommender Systems, 2008

A Social Network Based Approach to Personalized Recommendation of Participatory Media Content - A. Seth and J. Zhang.
ICWSM, 2008

Understanding Participatory Media Using Social Networks - A. Seth
CS-2007-47, Technical Report, University of Waterloo, 2007

Use of voice-based technologies for rural communication

Costs and Benefits of Conducting Voice-based Surveys Versus Keypress-based Surveys on Interactive Voice Response Systems - A. Khullar, P. Hitesh, S. Rahman, D. Kumar, R. Pandey, P. Kumar, R. Tripathi, Prince, A.A. Jha, Himanshu, and A. Seth.

Experiences with the Introduction of AI-based Tools for Moderation Automation of Voice-based Participatory Media Forums - A. Khullar, P. Panjal, R. Pandey, A. Burnwal, P. Raj, A.A. Jha, P. Hitesh, R.J. Reddy, Himanshu, and A. Seth.
India HCI, 2021.

Early Results from Automating Voice-based Question-Answering Services Among Low-income Populations in India - A. Khullar, M. Santosh, P. Kumar, S. Rahman, R. Tripathi, D. Kumar, S. Saini, R. Pandey, and A. Seth.

Initial Lessons from Building an IVR-based Automated Question-Answering System - P. Bhagat, S. Prajapati, and A. Seth.
ICTD, 2020.

Usability, Tested? - N. Kumar, N. Karusala, B. Patra, and A. Seth.
ACM Interactions 2017

Gurgaon idol: a singing competition over community radio and IVRS - Z. Koradia, P. Aggarwal, G. Luthra, and A. Seth.
ACM DEV (3), 2013

A participatory video and audio platform for community interaction using DVDs and IVR systems - D. Chakraborty and A. Seth.
ACM DEV (3), 2013 (poster)

A case study on the use of IVR systems by visually impaired people - P. Aggarwal, G. Luthra, Z. Koradia, A. Seth, P. Gadodia, G. Abraham, and N. Jain
ACM DEV (3), 2013 (poster)

Experiences of Deploying and Commercializing a Community Radio Automation System in India - Z. Koradia, Balachandran C, K. Dadheech, M. Shivam, and A. Seth.
ACM DEV, 2012

Phonepeti: Exploring the Role of an Answering Machine System in a Community Radio Station in India - Z. Koradia and A. Seth.
ICTD 2012 (poster)

Social Media Tools for the Bottom of the Pyramid - A. Seth, Z. Koradia, I. Ahuja, A. Mahla, D. Martin, A. Premi, and Balachandran C.
Invited paper. CEWIT Korea, 2010

Using ICTs to Meet the Operational Needs of Community Radio Stations in India - Z. Koradia, A. Premi, B. Chandrasekharan, and A. Seth
ACM DEV, 2010

Making a Case for Spoken Web as the Mobile Web for Developing Countries - S. Agarwal, A. Jain, A. Kumar, P. Manwani, A. Nanavati, N. Rajput, and A. Seth
Mobile Web for Development (MW4D), 2009

Internet measurements for QoS of cellular data services

Response to TRAI consultation paper on Data Speed Under Wireless Broadband Connections - A. Seth.
Submitted, June 2017

Mobile Internet Services in India: Quality of Service - Joint report with CUTS and IIT Delhi, foreword by Prof Krithi Ramamritham (IIT Bombay).
Presented to TRAI, June 2016

Revisiting the State of Cellular Data Connectivity in India - A. Sharma, M. Kaur, Z. Koradia, R. Nishant, S. Pandit, A. Raman, and A. Seth.
Invited paper. ACM DEV 2015

First impressions on the state of cellular data connectivity in India - Z. Koradia, G. Mannava, A. Raman, G. Aggarwal, V. Ribeiro, A. Seth, S. Ardon, A. Mahanti, and S. Triukose.
ACM DEV (4), 2013

2G/3G network measurements in rural areas of India - A. Chandele, Z. Koradia, V. Ribeiro, A. Seth, S. Triukose, S. Ardon, and A. Mahanti.
ACM DEV (3), 2013 (poster)

Opportunistic low-cost communication

A Comprehensive Data Management Framework for Opportunistic Communication on Mobile Phones - S. Doraswamy, A. Subramaniam, and A. Seth.
ACM DEV (3), 2013 (poster)

Motivation and Design of a Content Distribution Architecture for Rural Areas - A. Mahla, D. Martin, I. Ahuja, Q. Niyaz, and A. Seth.
ACM DEV, 2012 [talk]

Design and Implementation of the KioskNet System - S. Guo, M. Derakhshani, M.H. Falaki, U. Ismail, R. Luk, E.A. Oliver, S. Ur Rahman, A. Seth, M.A. Zaharia, and S. Keshav.
Computer Networks, 2011

Design and Implementation of the KioskNet System - S. Guo, M.H. Falaki, E.A. Oliver, S. Ur Rahman, A. Seth, M.A. Zaharia, U. Ismail, and S. Keshav.
ICTD, 2007 (poster)

Policy Oriented Architecture for Opportunistic Communication on Heterogeneous Wireless Networks - A. Seth, M. Zaharia, S. Bhattacharya, S. Keshav
Manuscript, University of Waterloo, 2006

Opportunistic Scheduling in Ferry-Based Networks - S. Guo, M. Ghaderi, A. Seth, S.Keshav.
QShine Workshop on Networking in Public Transport (WNEPT), 2006

Low-cost Communication for Rural Internet Kiosks Using Mechanical Backhauls - A. Seth, D. Kroeker, M. Zaharia, S. Guo, S. Keshav.

Practical Security for Disconnected Nodes - A. Seth, S. Keshav.
ICNP Workshop on Secure Network Protocols (NPSec), 2005. A newer version is available too, co-authored with U. Hengartner.

An Architecture for Tetherless Communication - A. Seth, P. Darragh, S. Liang, Y. Lin, S. Keshav
Discussed in Disruption Tolerant Networking, Dagstuhl, 2005

Mobility Decisions in Heterogeneous Wireless Access Networks - A. Seth, N. Ahmed, S. Keshav
Manuscript, University of Waterloo, Fall 2004

Measurement studies on social media

The Rich and Middle Classes on Twitter: Are Popular Users Indeed Different from Regular Users - A. Ruhela, A. Bagchi, A. Mahanti, and A. Seth.
Computer Communications 2015

Spatio-temporal and Events Based Analysis of Topic Popularity in Twitter - S. Ardon, A. Bagchi, A. Mahanti, A. Ruhela, A. Seth, R. Tripathy, and S. Triukose.
CIKM, 2013

The Scope for Online Social Network Aided Caching in Web CDNs - A. Ruhela, S. Triukose, S. Ardon, A. Bagchi, A. Mahanti, and A. Seth.
ANCS, 2013

Towards the Use of Online Social Networks for Efficient Internet Content Distribution - A. Ruhela, R. Tripathi, S. Triukose, S. Ardon, A. Bagchi, and A. Seth.

Characterization of Social Media Response to Natural Disasters - S. Nagar, A. Joshi, and A. Seth.
INSNA Sunbelt Social Networks Conference, 2012


A Framework for Pre-processing of Social Media Feeds Based on an Integrated Knowledge Base - T. Kolajo, O. Daramola, A. Adebiyi, and A. Seth
Information Processing and Management, 2020.

Jury: An Automation Framework for Protocolised Primary Healthcare Delivery - D. J. Mathew, A. Samarth, Z. Johar, and A. Seth
ACM DEV (4), 2013

Geolocating IP Addresses in Cellular Data Networks - S. Triukose, S. Ardon, A. Mahanti, and A. Seth:
PAM, 2012

Design of a Molecular Communication Framework for Nanomachines - A. Dubey, S. Tandon, and A. Seth
COMSNETS 2012 (poster)

Achieving Privacy and Security in Radio Frequency Identification - A. Seth, M. Beg.
Privacy, Security, Trust, 2006