Centre for Internet & Society

CIS undertakes policy-focused, applied, and academic research on topics at the intersection of internet and society, driven by concerns of human rights and public interest. CIS is based in Bengaluru and New Delhi.

Directors

Senior Staff

Programme and Policy Officers

Design and Communications Officer

Research Associates and Interns

Programme Associates and Community Advocates

Administration and Finance


Directors

Amber Sinha

Amber Sinha

Amber is the Executive Director at the CIS. He works on issues surrounding privacy, big data, and cyber security. Amber 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. He has studied humanities and law at National Law School of India University, Bangalore.

Senior Staff

Anubha Sinha
Anubha Sinha

Anubha Sinha is a researcher working on impact of copyright law on access to knowledge, with a focus on users’ rights. She also tracks and comments on policymaking at international fora such as WTO and WIPO. She is a lawyer by training.

Puthiya Purayil Sneha
P.P. Sneha

Sneha is a researcher with the Centre for Internet and Society (CIS), India. Her areas of interest and work include digital media and cultures, methodological concerns in arts and humanities practice and pedagogy, and access to knowledge.


Tito Dutta
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Tito is the Programme Lead associated with the Access to Knowledge team at the CIS, and his work focuses on supporting Indic Wikimedia Communities and community members to plan and conduct Wiki-events.

 

Arindrajit Basu
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Arindrajit Basu is the Research Lead at the Centre for Internet & Society, India, where he focuses on the geopolitics and constitutionality of emerging technologies. He is a lawyer by training and holds a BA, LLB (Hons) degree from the National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata, and an LLM in public international law from the University of Cambridge, U.K.

 

Gurshabad Grover

Gurshabad Grover

Gurshabad Grover is a technologist and legal researcher, writing on network security & privacy, internet governance, and censorship & surveillance in India.

Aayush Rathi
null Aayush Rathi does interdisciplinary work on labour informalities, welfare systems and digitisation. He aims to make academic and policy contributions through socio-legal research amplifying the experiences of marginalised communities.
Ambika Tandon
Ambika Tandon Ambika Tandon studies the intersections of gender and technology. She focuses on women’s work in the digital economy, and the impact of emerging technologies on social inequality. She is also interested in developing feminist methods for technology research.
Pranav M B
null Pranav is the Communications Lead at CIS. He has studied humanities and law at National Law School of India University, Bangalore. His previous work at CIS has primarily centred on Artificial Intelligence research, and research on issues surrounding Privacy, Cyber-security, and the Future of Work.
Saumyaa Naidu
null Saumyaa is a Design Researcher at CIS. She is a Communication Design graduate from the National Institute of Fashion Technology, Delhi, and has a master’s degree in Social Design from Ambedkar University Delhi. She works on critically examining the role of design in digital technologies, specifically in areas such as Digital Identities, Privacy, and AI.

Programme and Policy Officers

Aman Nair
Aman Aman Nair is a policy officer at CIS, working on the cyber security and data governance project. His areas of interest include the data governance and the application of technology in government institutions - specifically in increasing judicial accessibility. He has a bachelors degree in Economics and Public Policy from Sciences Po Paris. 

Divyank Katira

Divyank Katira

Divyank is a Technology Researcher primarily engaged with the Freedom of Expression and Digital Identity teams at CIS. He is an engineer by training and is interested in computer networks and information security in the context of censorship and surveillance on the web.

 

Pallavi Bedi
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Pallavi is a Senior Policy Officer at CIS, where she works on privacy and data protection. She is a lawyer by training, and holds a BA, LLB (Hons) degree from the National Law Institute University, Bhopal and an LLM from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

Shruti Trikanand
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Shruti Trikanad is a programme officer at CIS, working on the digital identity project. She is interested in producing research to safeguard individual rights and freedoms through the use of technology. She completed her studies in law and humanities from the Gujarat National Law University.

Shweta Mohandas
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Shweta is a Policy Officer at the Centre for Internet and Society, India. Her areas of work and interest include Artificial Intelligence, Privacy, and Intellectual Property Rights and India’s policies surrounding them. She is currently researching on the development and use of voice based technologies in India, with a focus on languages, accessibility and privacy.

 

Torsha Sarkar

 

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Torsha is a lawyer by training. At CIS, she primarily works on social media regulation, intermediary liability and digital expression. She occasionally explores the connection between constitutional guarantees and gender, sexuality and marital relationships.

Yesha Tshering Paul
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Yesha Tshering Paul is a Programme Officer at the Centre for Internet and Society and works on the Digital Identities project. She studied Law at ILS Law College, Pune, and has a Masters in Regulatory Governance from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai.

Abhishek Raj
Abhishek

Abhishek is a researcher at the Centre for Internet and Society. His research interests include telecommunications and internet infrastructure, internet governance, digital inclusion, and competition law and policy. Previously, he has worked at the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations, Competition Commission of India, and Idea Cellular Ltd.

Abhishek holds a Masters in Regulatory Governance from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, where he was a Gold Medalist. He also has a bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering.

Design and Communications Officer

Akash Sheshadri
 Akash Sheshadri

Akash is a Designer by practice and education, having studied Graphic Design at the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad. At CIS, Akash works at the intersection of design research, digital tech and policy, while also working closely with research outreach.

Research Associates and Interns

Ranjit Singh
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Ranjit is a PhD candidate at the Department of Science and Technology Studies, Cornell University. His dissertation project, Seeing Like an Infrastructure, examines the legal, administrative, and technological challenges in the implementation of India’s biometrics-based national identification project, Aadhaar. He is also involved in the Life of a Tuple project on the conceptualization, design, and implementation of an updated version of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam, India. Both projects are geared towards elucidating the rapidly changing understandings, practices, and evaluations of the state-citizen relationship mediated by information infrastructures in India.

Tasneem Mewa
Tasneem Mewa

Tasneem Mewa is an undergraduate student at the University of Toronto studying Critical Development Studies. Learning from the work done by her supervisors and colleagues, she is currently conducting research at The Centre for Internet and Society, India on the topics of data, gender, technology, and labour.

Programme Associate and Community Advocates

Ananth Subray PV
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Ananth is a Programme Associate (Technical skills and metrics) with the Access To Knowledge team at the Centre for Internet and Society. He is a MSc student at Christ University, specialising in Mathematics.

 

Bodhisattwa Mandal
null Bodhisattwa is a volunteer editor in different Wikimedia projects since 2012, mostly active in Bengali Wikisource, Wikimedia Commons and Wikidata. As a Wikidata Advisor at CIS, he supports Wikidata community in India both on-wiki and off-wiki, in all possible ways. He can be contacted at User Bodhisattwa. His contributions as a volunteer can be tracked here.
Jayanta Nath
null Jayanta Nath works as a Wikisource Project Advisor for CIS. As a Project Advisor of the Indic Wikisource Project, his work is to support Indic Wikisource Communities and community members to plan or conduct Wiki-events, support them with resources.
Nitesh Gill
null Nitesh Gill works with CIS-A2K as a Project Tiger 2.0 coordinator.
Satpal Dandiwal
null Satpal works as a Community Advocate for Punjabi Wikimedians. As a community advocate, his work is to increase the development of Punjabi Wikimedians User Group and community members.
Subodh Kulkarni

 

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Subodh is a Community Advocate with the Access To Knowledge team at the CIS.

Suswetha Kolluru
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Suswetha has been contributing to Wikimedia and it's sister projects since November 2017 and I mainly contribute to En Wikipedia, Te Wikipedia, Wikidata. She is an undergraduate at VVIT and her major is Electronics and Communication. She is also part of the club VVIT WikiConnect and currently working as Project Tiger coordinator for 2019 at CIS A2K!

Administration and Finance

Ajoy Kumar
Ajoy Kumar

Ajoy is an Administrator at the 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.

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.

Nima Lama
null Nima has been in charge of security at CIS since 2015. He maintains the daily staff register and provides assistance to the administration team. Prior to CIS, Nima worked as a security person at a car parking solution.
Nisha Saral
null Nisha Saral is the Delhi office Administrator. She handles the accounts and all events organised by CIS at Delhi. She has a working experience of more than 12 years in various NGO’s. She is currently pursuing MBA from Narsee Monji University.
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.


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