• Anja Kovacs

    Dr. Anja Kovacs directs the Internet Democracy Project in Delhi, India. The Project works towards realising feminist visions of the digital in society, by exploring and addressing power imbalances in the areas of norms, governance and infrastructure in India and beyond. Anja’s research and advocacy currently focuses on questions regarding data governance, surveillance and cybersecurity, and regarding freedom of expression - including work on gender, bodies, surveillance, and dataveillance, and gender and online abuse. She has also conducted extensive research on the architecture of Internet governance.

    Anja has been a member of the of the Investment Committee of the Digital Defenders Partnership and of the Steering Committee of Best Bits, a global network of civil society members, and is currently a member of the Board of Governors of Veres One. She has worked as an international consultant on Internet issues, including for the Independent Commission on Multilateralism, the United Nations Development Programme Asia Pacific and the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression, Mr. Frank La Rue, as well as having been a Fellow at the Centre for Internet and Society in Bangalore, India. She is currently also a CyberBRICS Fellow at the Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

    Prior to focusing her work on the information society, Anja researched and consulted on a wide range of development-related issues. She has lectured at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK, and Ambedkar University, Delhi, India, as well as guest lectured at universities in India and Brazil, and has conducted extensive fieldwork throughout South Asia. She obtained her PhD in Development Studies from the University of East Anglia in the UK.

  • Richa Kaul Padte

    Richa is a writer and activist working on issues including gender, sexuality, queer rights, disability, violence against women, popular culture and Internet rights. She has worked with the Internet Democracy Project to co-author the papers ‘“Don’t Let It Stand!” An Exploratory Study of Women and Verbal Online Abuse in India’ and ‘Keeping Women Safe? Gender, Online Harassment and Indian Law’ . She has also been the official rapporteur at two events co-organised by the Internet Democracy Project - EROTICS India: a workshop on sexuality rights and the Internet, and the Third South Asian Meeting on the Internet and Freedom of Expression. Richa is currently a Principal Correspondent with the Sunday Guardian. You can find a portfolio of her work on richakaulpadte.com.

  • Bishakha Datta


    Bishakha is a non-fiction writer and documentary filmmaker with an abiding interest in representing invisible points of view and people - people who are marginalized because of their genders or sexualities, or voices that are unheard, ‘illegitimate’ or silenced. She has edited Nine Degrees of Justice: New Perspectives on Violence Against Women in India (Zubaan, 2010) and And Who Will Make The Chapatis? (Stree, 1996). Films she’s directed include In The Flesh: Three Lives in Prostitution and Taza Khabar: Hot Off The Press. She is on the boards of non-profits including Breakthrough, CREA, Dreamcatchers, Majlis, and the Wikimedia Foundation. Bishakha, who is the co-founder of Mumbai-based non-profit Point of View, is currently working on a full-length book on women in sex work.

  • Nayantara Ranganathan

    Programme Manager- Freedom of Expression

    Nayantara manages the Freedom of Expression programme at the Internet Democracy Project where she works on the planning, co-ordination, research and advocacy of projects related to freedom of expression issues in India, as they relate to gender and the Internet, net neutrality and surveillance. She studied law at the National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata.

  • Ramya Chandrasekhar

    Ramya is a part-time intern at Internet Democracy Project. She works on the Freedom of Speech and Surveillance programmes, and undertakes research on the impact of ICTs on women and marginalized communities through a gender and human rights lens. She is currently pursuing law at the National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata.

  • Aiswarya Jayamohan

    Aiswarya is an intern at the Internet Democracy Project, where she provides research and organisational support to the Feminist Solutions to Online Abuse programme. Her interests include space/place studies, critical geography, and, more recently, issues of masculine communalism as they manifest online and offline. She received her graduate and undergraduate degrees in English from the Universities of Edinburgh and Madras respectively.

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