Centre for Internet & Society

We engage with the concerns of digital rights, public interest and critical practices in the field of internet and society. Our team members are based in Bengaluru 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

Sikandar Kumar Chaudhary

CIS-A2K

Subhashish Panigrahi

Rahmanuddin Shaik

Tanveer Hasan

Dr. U. B. Pavanaja

Openness and Access to Knowledge

Anubha Sinha

Nehaa Chaudhari

Rohini Lakshane

Internet Governance

Vidushi Marda

Vanya Rakesh

Amber Sinha

Japreet Grewal

Researchers at Work

P.P. Sneha


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 at CIS and works on policy research and advocacy related to IP reform and technology access for persons with disabilities. In December 2010, in recognition of her work, she was awarded the National Award for Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities by the President of India.

Nirmita's work ranges from research and policy drafting and review to advocacy through campaigns, workshops, etc. Nirmita authored a chapter The Business Case for Web Accessibility in a handbook published by the NASSCOM Foundation and is the editor for the following publications:

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 Policy Director 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













Sumandro is a Research Director at CIS. His academic interests span over topics of history and politics of informatics in India, new media and technology studies, and data infrastructures and economies. He is also keenly interested in computational techniques in arts, humanities, and social research, and emerging methodological questions.

He undertook a study on policy and practices of open data in India as part of the Open Data Research Network managed by the World Wide Web Foundation. He is an involved member of DataMeet, a leading community of open data advocates from India.

Sumandro studied economics in Visva-Bharati, Shantiniketan, and in Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He has variously worked on topics of urban development, information technology in governance, data visualisation, and early electronic governance in India with MOD Institute, Azim Premji University and the Sarai programme at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies.

E-mail: [email protected].

Resume: Download (PDF).

Twitter: @ajantriks.

Personal website: ajantriks.net.

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].

Sikandar Kumar Chaudhary



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

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]

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

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.

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].

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].

Amber Sinha



Japreet Grewal



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].


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