Centre for Internet & Society

We undertake policy-focused, applied, and academic research on topics at the intersection of internet and society, and driven by concerns of digital rights and public interest. Our teams are based in Bangalore and Delhi.

 

Directors

Sunil Abraham

Nirmita Narasimhan

Pranesh Prakash

Elonnai Hickok

Sumandro Chattapadhyay

Administration and Finance

Ajoy Kumar

Nisha Kumar

M.P. Nagaraj

K.N. Medini

Velankanni Royson

Jai Singh Rawat

CIS-A2K

Subhashish Panigrahi

Rahmanuddin Shaik

Tanveer Hasan

Dr. U. B. Pavanaja

Openness and Access to Knowledge

Nehaa Chaudhari

Anubha Sinha

Rohini Lakshané

Internet Governance

Vidushi Marda

Vanya Rakesh

Amber Sinha

Japreet Grewal

Researchers at Work (RAW)

P.P. Sneha

Zeenab Aneez

Himadri Chatterjee


Directors

Sunil Abraham

Sunil Abraham



















Sunil is the Executive Director of CIS. He is also a social entrepreneur and Free Software advocate. He founded Mahiti in 1998 which aims to reduce the cost and complexity of Information and Communication Technology for the Voluntary Sector by using Free Software. Today, Mahiti employs more than 50 engineers and Sunil continues to serve on the board as a board member. Sunil was elected an Ashoka fellow in 1999 to 'explore the democratic potential of the Internet' and was granted a Sarai FLOSS fellowship in 2003. Between June 2004 and June 2007, he managed the International Open Source Network, a project of the UNDP's Asia-Pacific Development Information Programme serving 42 countries in the Asia-Pacific region. Between September 2007 and June 2008, he also managed ENRAP, an electronic network of International Fund for Agricultural Development projects in the Asia-Pacific facilitated and co-funded by  International Development Research Centre, Canada.

Sunil is the co-author for the following publications:

Read Sunil's detailed resume here.

Email: [email protected].

Phone: +91 96111 00817

Nirmita Narasimhan

Nirmita Narasimhan





















Nirmita is a Policy Director with the Centre for Internet and Society, working in the areas of policy research and advocacy related to technology access for persons with disabilities. She was involved in drafting the Indian National Universal Electronic Accessibility Policy and also worked closely with different departments of the Government of India to bring accessibility into their policies and programmes. Nirmita has authored several reports on accessibility which are being used by policymakers worldwide. She has also presented papers on ICT and Accessibility at international fora like the IGF and is the Director, Global Reports, for G3ict. She has also participated in the World Blind Union Treaty negotiations at WIPO. Nirmita has won several awards for her work, including the National Award for Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, which she received from the President of India in December 2010. Her educational background includes degrees in Law, German and Music.

List of volumed edited by Nirmita:

Read Nirmita's detailed resume.

Email: [email protected].

Phone: +91 98458 68078.

Pranesh Prakash

Pranesh Prakash












Pranesh is a Policy Director at CIS and works on policy research and advocacy around intersections of technology and law focusing on access to knowledge (primarily copyright reforms), promoting 'openness' (including open government data, open standards, open access, and free/libre/open source software), freedom of expression, privacy, and internet governance.

Pranesh is the co-author for the following publications:

Read Pranesh's detailed resume.

Email: [email protected].

Phone: +91 99161 58217

Elonnai Hickok

Elonnai Hickok

















Elonnai is a Director - Internet Governance at the Centre for Internet and Society, Bangalore. Elonnai has graduated from the University of Toronto where she studied international development and political science. Elonnai leads the privacy, surveillance, and big data work at the Centre and has also written extensively on issues pertaining to intermediary liability, digital rights, identity, cyber security and DNA profiling. Elonnai has also worked as a consultant with the Open Society Foundations and with the Ranking Digital Rights project.

Her publications include:

Sumandro Chattapadhyay

Sumandro Chattapadhyay
















Research Director at CIS, Sumandro leads and contributes to academic, creative, and policy research at the CIS. His academic interests span over topics of history and politics of informatics, new media and technology studies, and political economy. The core policy topics that Sumandro engages with include open data and open research, e-governance and digital ID, and network economy and digital labour. He is also keenly interested in computational techniques in arts, humanities, and social research, and emerging methodological questions.

Sumandro has been a member of the Open Data Research Network managed by the World Wide Web Foundation and supported by IDRC, and undertook a study on the roles, practices and strategies of (open) data intermediary organisations in India (2013-2014) that led to several conference papers and reports. He has been a Programme Committee member of the Open Data Research Symposium 2015 and the same for the International Open Data Conference 2016 (IODC16). Sumandro has led contributions by CIS to the making of open data and related policies and implementation plans by central and state governments in India, and been an invited member of a committee instituted to develop an open data license to be used by Government of India. He remains an engaged member of DataMeet, a leading community of open data practitioners from India.

Sumandro studied economics in Visva-Bharati, Shantiniketan, and in Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Previously he has been a member of the founding team at the MOD Institute and worked on urban development and digital technologies; has led a data analysis and visualisation team at the Azim Premji University; and been a researcher associated with the media and information infrastructures project at the Sarai programme in the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi.

E-mail: [email protected].

Resume: Download (PDF).

ORCID: 0000-0001-5724-4557.

Twitter: @ajantriks.

Administration and Finance

Ajoy Kumar

Ajoy Kumar

Ajoy is an Administrator at CIS. He manages all the events organised by CIS including hotel and travel bookings, does the liasoning with government offices and Members of Parliament, etc. Ajoy also works as a part-time lawyer doing property documentation.

Read Ajoy's detailed resume.

Email: [email protected].

Nisha Kumar




M.P. Nagaraj




K.N. Medini

K.N. Medini








Medini is a Senior Accounts Officer at the Centre for Internet and Society. Medini began her work as an accountant in 1992. After completing her Bachelors in Commerce from Andhra Pradesh S V University, she procured a Diploma in Accounts and began working with a Chartered Accountant to learn the ropes of her profession. For the past fifteen years she has worked with Chartered Accountants, companies and NGOs in handling company and organisation’s accounts. In 2003, she joined the Accounts team of Partners in Child Development, an EveryChild partner. In 2004, she joined EveryChild India as the Head Office Accountant. Since then she has been managing the organisation’s accounts and streamlining into handling the organisation’s partners project accounts. Having been with EveryChild India since its inception, Medini has seen the organisation grow from infancy into adulthood. A mother of two, Medini loves to play with her children and make handicraft items in her free time.

Email: [email protected]

Velankanni Royson

Velankanni Royson



Royson is the Office Assistant in the Bangalore office. He assists the administration department in organising events, takes videos of the events, uploads them to the CIS website, Blip TV, YouTube, etc.

 

Email: [email protected].

Jai Singh Rawat




CIS-A2K

Subhashish Panigrahi

Subhashish Panigrahi






Subhashish is a Programme Officer to CIS's Access to Knowledge (A2K) programme and works out of CIS's Bangalore office. His background is in Business Development in Corporate Communications. He works on designing and implementing programs to provide on-wiki and off-wiki support for new editors on Social media, Outreach Programs, Help desks, How-to Tutorials and other such suport to the Indic and English community and procuring office HR and administrative support.

Email: [email protected].

LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/psubhashish.

Rahmanuddin Shaik

Rahmanuddin Shaik


Rahman is a Community Communications Consultant with CIS's Access To Knowledge (A2K) programme and works out of CIS's Bangalore office. He has worked as a web developer and content provider in his previous job. He contributed to Telugu computing, localization and free software However, his main online passion has been the Wikimedia Foundation projects. He is an active contributor on Wikimedia Commons, Telugu Wikipedia and Telugu Wikisource.

Tanveer Hasan




Dr. U. B. Pavanaja

Dr. U.B. Pavanaja




























Dr. Pavanaja holds a Master’s degree from Mysore University and Ph.D. from Mumbai University. He was a scientist at the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai, for about 15 years. He has done advanced research in Taiwan. He resigned from BARC in 1997 and dedicated himself fully for the cause of Computer and Indian languages. He has to his credit many firsts, viz., first Kannada website, first Kannada online magazine, first Indian language (Kannada) website to receive Golden Web Award, first Indian language (Kannada) editor for Palm OS, first Indian language (Kannada) editor for WinCE device (HP Jornado 720), first Indian language version (Kannada) of universally popular Logo (programming language for children) software, etc. His Kannada logo won the Manthan Award for the year 2006. He was a member of the technical advisory committee setup by the Govt. of Karnataka for Standardization of Kannada on Computers (2000). He is also a member of the Kannada Software Committee of Govt. of Karnataka (2008-current).

Dr. Pavanaja started his career in programming from FORTRAN and then moved on to Pascal, C, BASIC, QuickBasic, Visual Basic, VB.Net, etc. He has attended and represented Indian languages in many Indian and International forums like Indic Font Workshop (Indic Computing Consortium, Bangalore, India), Unicode conference (Unicode Consortium, CA, USA), OpenType Font Seminar (Microsoft, Seattle, USA), etc. He is quite well known in Indic computing arena. He is also popular as a writer of articles in Kannada about IT. He also worked as a consultant with Microsoft India and Microsoft Research Labs, India. He is one of the oldest editors of Kannada Wikipedia.

Read Dr. Pavanaja's detailed profile.

Email: [email protected].

Personal Email: [email protected].

Website: vishvakannada.com.

Blog: pavanaja.com.

Twitter: @pavanaja.

Facebook: facebook.com/pavanaja.

Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/pavanaja.

Openness and Access to Knowledge

Nehaa Chaudhari

Nehaa Chaudhari






Nehaa is a lawyer; a graduate of the National Academy of Legal Studies and Research (“NALSAR”) University of Law at Hyderabad, India. She has an abiding interest in intellectual property law, particularly in limitations and exceptions to copyright and related rights.Currently, at the Centre for Internet and Society (“CIS”), New Delhi, she is a Programme Officer, engaging primarily in research on intellectual property law and policy and openness at the domestic and international levels.

Read Nehaa's resume.

Read Nehaa's blog entries.

Email: [email protected]

Twitter: @nehaachaudhari.

Anubha Sinha

Anubha Sinha



Anubha is a Programme Officer at CIS. She works primarily on the Pervasive Technologies Project, and on other issues involving intellectual property law and openness. She regularly contributes to the SpicyIP blog and was trained as a lawyer at Dr. RML National Law University, Lucknow.

Email: [email protected]

Twitter: @anubhasinha_.

LinkedIn: linkedin.com/pub/anubha-sinha/1b/a9b/b73.

Rohini Lakshane

Rohini Lakshane


Rohini is Program Officer, Pervasive Technologies Project. She is an instrumentation engineer by training and has worked as a technology journalist in the past. She juggles several other hats including those of a Wikipedian and a digital security trainer.

Email: [email protected].

Rohini lives in Bangalore and tweets @aldebaran14.


Internet Governance

Vidushi Marda

Vidushi Marda


Vidushi is a Programme Officer at CIS, working primarily in the areas of internet governance, freedom of expression, privacy and openness. She is particularly interested in network neutrality and also in understanding how algorithms impact the information we consume. She graduated in 2015 from Christ University with a degree in arts and law.

Email: [email protected].

Twitter: @VidushiMarda.

Vanya Rakesh

Vanya Rakesh


Vanya graduated in Law from ILNU, Ahmedabad. She is working as a Programme Officer on Big Data implications in the Global South and Privacy with the Information Policy team. She has been trained at some of the top legal firms in India and has an inclination towards Internet Law. She is based out of Bangalore.

Email: [email protected].

Twitter: @vanyarakesh.

Amber Sinha

Amber Sinha


Amber works on issues surrounding privacy, big data, and cyber security. He is interested in the impact of emerging technologies like artificial intelligence and learning algorithms on existing legal frameworks, and how they need to evolve in response. Amber studied humanities and law at National Law School of India University, Bangalore.

E-mail: [email protected].

Twitter: @ambersinha07.

Japreet Grewal

Japreet Grewal


Japreet works on issues surrounding technology and regulation with emphasis on issues affecting freedom of expression and intermediary liability at the domestic and international levels under the Internet Governance and Freedom of Expression Project at CIS. She has previously worked at Amarchand Mangaldas & Suresh A Shroff, New Delhi and graduated in 2013 from Gujarat National Law University with a degree in law.

Email: [email protected].

Twitter: @JapreetGrewal.

Researchers at Work

P.P. Sneha

P.P.Sneha




Sneha is Programme Officer with the Researchers at Work (RAW) programme at CIS. Her training is in Humanities, and she has previously worked in the field of higher education. At CIS she is presently engaged with a project on mapping the emergent field of Digital Humanities in India, and is also interested in questions on the nature of textuality, reading and writing practices in the digital sphere.

Read Sneha's resume.

Email: [email protected].

Zeenab Aneez

Zeenab Aneez

Zeenab is a Research Associate with the Researchers at Work (RAW) programme at CIS. Her interests include digital publishing practises, new media journalism, media ecologies, digital labour, and social media alternatives. She was previously a reporter at The Hindu, Hyderabad, and has worked as an independent journalist.

E-mail: [email protected].

Twitter: @zeenabaneez.

Himadri Chatterjee

Himadri Chatterjee

E-mail: [email protected].


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