Centre for Internet & Society

The following have worked with the Centre previously and have contributed significantly to its activities and growth.

 

Harsh Bajpai

Harsh Bajpai






I am a Policy Officer in CIS and work from New Delhi. I am presently working on Future of Work and Industry 4.0 which is one of the interest areas of mine. My other areas of interests include National Security, Traditional Knowledge (within Intellectual Property Law) and Intersection of Terrorism and Technology. I have done my bachelors in Business Administration and Law from Symbiosis International University and masters in International and Comparative Law from George Washington University. Further on, I was one of the LAMP fellow in the batch of 2017-18.

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.

M.P. Nagaraj


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.

Dr. U. B. Pavanaja

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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.

Jyoti Panday

Jyoti Panday


Jyoti Panday is Programme Officer at the Centre for Internet and Society working on Internet governance and on issues related to the role and responsibility of intermediaries in protecting user rights and freedom of expression.  She has experience in strategy, campaign management and research on issues and processes related to the development agenda, sustainability and democracy. She has completed her MSc in Public Policy from Queen Mary, University of London.

Email:[email protected]
Read Jyoti's detailed resume.

Geetha Hariharan

Geetha Hariharan


Geetha Hariharan is as a Programme Officer at CIS, focusing on Internet governance, freedom of expression and intermediary liability issues at the domestic and international levels. She graduated in 2013 from the National Law School, Bangalore with a B.A., LL.B (Hons.). Prior to joining CIS, Geetha was retained as an Associate with the law firm, Amarchand & Mangaldas & Suresh A. Shroff and Co.

Email:[email protected]
Read Geetha's blogposts here.

Snehashish Ghosh

Snehashish Ghosh


Snehashish Ghosh worked as a Policy Associate at CIS. He is a lawyer with specific interest in copyright law, telecom law and policy and internet governance. At CIS, he mainly does research work on telecom law and policy. Some of his published blog entries are:

Email: [email protected].

S Muzammiluddin

S Muzammiluddin


S Muzammiluddin is a Programme Officer to CIS's Access To Knowledge programme and works out of CIS's Bangalore office. He contributed a number articles to several websites in Hindi, English and Urdu. However, his main online passion has been the Wikimedia Foundation projects. He is an active contributor on Wikimedia Commons, Hindi, English and Urdu Wikipedia.

Email: [email protected]

Noopur Raval

Noopur Raval


Noopur worked with the Research Policy Praxis – Information Ecosystems (IDS project) and with the Access to Knowledge team as a Program Officer. Noopur is a student of Arts and Aesthetics in Jawaharlal Nehru University besides being a Digital Native.

Abul Hasim

Abul Hasim


Abul Hasim was the System Administrator. He manages the server, monitors server logs, takes the server backup, supports to manage the network for internet connectivity. He is also responsible for managing mail server, Google analytics and promote remote desktop support and other miscellaneous services. Presently Abul works out from Assam and provides remote assistance.

Email: [email protected]

Dr. Nishant Shah

Dr. Nishant Shah


Dr. Nishant Shah was the co-founder and Research Director at the Centre for Internet and Society, Bangalore, India. He is an International Tandem Partner at the Centre for Digital Cultures, Leuphana University, Germany and a Knowledge Partner with the Hivos Knowledge Programme, The Netherlands. He is committed to producing infrastructure, frameworks and collaborations in the global south to understand and analyse the ways in which the emergence of digital technologies have shaped the contemporary social, political and cultural milieu. He edited a series of monographs on ‘Histories of Internet(s) in India’ that examine the complicated relationship that technologies have with questions of gender, sexuality, body, city, governance, archiving and gaming. He was the principle researcher for a research programme that produced the four-volume anthology ‘Digital AlterNatives With a Cause?’, examining the ways in which young people’s relationship with digital technologies produces changes in their immediate environments. Nishant is on the steering committee of the MacArthur Foundation’s Digital Media and Learning Project (USA) as well as on the Media Art Histories collective (Latvia). He is involved with the Inter-Asia Cultural Studies Consortium (Taiwan/S. Korea/Hong Kong) and the global Network of Centres for Internet and Society housed at the Berkman Centre for Internet & Society, USA. He is committed to encouraging multi-stakeholder dialogue and hence regularly does public consultations and trainings for civil society and NGOs, governments, academic partners and private corporate entities. He is a regular speaker at events like Re:publica and Video Vortex and a columnist with India’s leading English language newspaper The Indian Express. His academic and research publications reflect his political stance on open access and open knowledge infrastructure and are all available for free download and distribution under open license.

Publications

Scholarly Books / Monographs

  1. Shah, N. Forthcoming. Living in Network Societies. Hyderabad: Orient Longswan.
  2. Shah, N. (2013) Whose Change is it Anyway? Towards a Future of Digital Technologies and Citizen Action in Network Societies. Hivos: Den Haag
  3. Shah, N. (2013) The Technosocial Subject: Cities, Cyborgs and Cyberspace. Manipal University Press: Bangalore.
  4. Shah, N. & F. Jansen (eds.) (2011) Digital AlterNatives with a Cause? Vol. 1-4. Hivos Publications: The Hague.
  5. Shah, N., Wright, G., Prakash, P. and Abraham, S. (2010). Open Government Data Study: India. Open Society Foundation: London.
  6. Shah, N., and Abraham, S. (2009). Digital Natives with a Cause? A Knowledge Survey and Framework. Hivos Publications: The Hague.

Scholarly Book Chapters

  1. Shah, N. and L. Hjorth. (2013) ‘The Neighbour before the House: Digital Surveillance and Art in a Network Societ’, Palestinian Video Art: Constellation of the Moving Image, (ed.) Makhoul, Bashir, Jerusalem: Palestinian Art Court.
  2. Shah, N. (2010) ‘Knowing the Name: Methodologies and Challenges’, Digital Natives with a Cause? Thinkathon Position Papers. Hivos Publications : The Hague, pp. 11-34.
  3. Shah, N. Forthcoming. ‘See me Talk, Hear me Listen’, Talk To Me.(ed.) Rasa Smite, London: Mute Publications.
  4. Shah, N. Forthcoming. ‘Say Digital Humanities One More Time: Technology, Society and Knowledge in India’, Digital Humanities and the future of the university, (eds.) David Theo Goldberg & Patrick Svenson, MIT Press.
  5. Shah, N. Forthcoming. ‘In Access: Online video practices in Asia’, Asian Video Cultures, (eds.) Bhaskar Sarkar & Joshua Neves, MIT Press.
  6. Shah, N. Forthcoming. ‘Habitual Nationalism: The nationalist Indian cyborg and the construction of natinalism’, New Media/Old Media (ed.) Chun, W.H.K. , Routledge

Edited Journal Issues

  1. Shah, N., N. Malhotra, & A. Yue (eds.) forthcoming ‘Intimate Interfaces: Desire, Affect and relationality on the interface’, Inter-Asia Cultural Studies Journal, Routledge.
  2. Shah, N. & Chun, W.H.K. (eds.) forthcoming Habits of Living: Surrogate States, Bodies and Networks.

Refereed Journal Articles

  1. Shah, N. (2013), ‘Citizen Action in the Time of the Network’, Development and Change, 44: 665–681.
  2. Shah, N. (2012), 'Resisting Revolutions: Questioning the Radical Potential of Citizen Action’,  Development 55(2): pp 173-180.
  3. Shah, N. & F. Jansen (2011) ‘Between the Stirrup and the Ground: Relocating Digital Activism’, Democracy and Society, 8 (2): pp 2-15.
  4. Shah, N. (2010) ‘Internet and Society in Asia: Challenges and Next Steps’, Inter Asia Cultural Studies Journal. Vol.11(4): pp 105-115.
  5. Shah, N. (2010) ‘The Promise of Invisibility: Making of an IT City’, Asia Scholarship Foundation Journal. Routledge: London.
  6. Shah, N. (2009) ‘Now Streaming on Your Nearest Screen: Contextualising New Digital Cinema through Kuso’, Journal of Chinese Cinemas, 3(1): pp 15-31.
  7. Shah, N. (2009) ‘Material Cyborgs; Asserted Boundaries: Formulating the Cyborg as a Translator’, European Journal of English Studies, 12 (2): pp 211-225.
  8. Shah, N. (2009) ‘Of Jesters, Clowns and Pranksters: YouTube and the Condition of Collaborative Authorship’, Journal of Moving Image, Number 8.
  9. Shah, N. (2007) ‘Subject to Technology: Internet Pornography, Cyber-terrorism and the Indian State’, Inter Asia Cultural Studies Journal, 8 (3): pp 349-366.
  10. Shah, N. (2006) ‘Once Upon a Flash’, Turbulence: Sarai Reader. Sarai: New Delhi, pp 131-138.
  11. Shah, N. (2006) “Playblog: Pornography, Performance and Cyberspace”, The Net-Porn Reader. Institute of Network Cultures : Amsterdam: pp 31-44.

Read Dr. Nishant Shah's detailed CV here

Email:[email protected]

Dr. Nishant Shah is presently based in Germany and can be contacted by phone at (+49-176-841-660-87null+49-176-841-660-87 ). While in India he can be reached at +91-974-007-4884null+91-974-007-4884 .

Krishna Prasad

Krishna Prasad


Krishna Prasad was a Publications Manager at CIS and worked on updating the CIS website including uploading of blog posts, new events, media coverage, event reports and all other featured research outputs. Prasad used to prepare the monthly newsbulletin, Annual Reports, Minutes of the Meetings, quarterly reports for CIS donors and is also responsible for editing of the Monographs and other publicity related matters.

Email: [email protected]

Pranesh Prakash

Pranesh is a Policy Director at the 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

Saikat Dutta



Saikat Datta

Saikat Datta is a Policy Director with the Centre for Internet & Society, India.

He is an award winning journalist for over 20 years as an editor and an investigative reporter with several news organisations. He has been a defence correspondent with The Indian Express, an assistant editor with the Outlook magazine, Resident Editor with DNA, member of the Editorial Board with Zee News and Editor (National Security) with Hindustan Times.

Saikat's investigative reporting has been awarded the International Press Institute award (2007), the Jagan Phadnis Memorial award (2008) and the National RTI award for investigative journalism (2010).

He is also the author of India's Special Forces (2013), a seminal book on the history and the future of India's special operations capabilities.He writes regularly in various publications and his research papers have been published by the Centre for Land Warfare Studies (CLAWS), Centre for Air Power Studies (CAPS) and the National Security Guards (NSG), among others. He regularly conducts training sessions on hostage rescue operations for Mumbai Police's crack anti-terrorism outfit, Force One. His core areas of research are around counter-terrorism, intelligence, cybersecurity and the use of special forces in strategic roles.

He has also worked for two years in the corporate sector as Vice President and Head of De-risking Strategies for Reliance Industries, working on cybersecurity and counter terrorism projects.

He is also a Consulting Editor with www.Scroll.in and a consultant on cybersecurity with IIM, Bangalore. He has also been a Lead Researcher & Senior Fellow with the Internet Democracy Project and a Visiting Fellow with the Observer Research Foundation's National Security programme.

E-mail: [email protected].

Twitter: @saikatd.

Saman Goudarzi



Saman Goudarzi - Photograph

Saman Goudarzi is an undergraduate student at the University of Toronto Scarborough completing a degree in International Development Studies and Geography. A cartographer, her interests lie at the intersection of technology, data and labour. She is a resident cartographer at the Researchers at Work programme during October 2017 - August 2018.

Email: [email protected]

Zeenab Aziz



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Zeenab is a Research Associate with the Researchers at Work (RAW) programme at the 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

Ranjit Singh

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Ranjit Singh 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 associated with 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.

Email: [email protected]