• Anja Kovacs

    Dr. Anja Kovacs directs the Internet Democracy Project in Delhi, India, which works for an Internet that supports free speech, democracy and social justice in India and beyond. Anja’s research and advocacy focuses especially on questions regarding freedom of expression, cybersecurity and the architecture of Internet governance. She 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. She has also 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.

    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, 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

    Advisor

    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.

  • Saikat Datta

    Lead Researcher - Cybersecurity

    Saikat Datta is the former Editor (National Security) with the Hindustan Times, Delhi. He has been a journalist for over 19 years, writing on the intersection between government, policy, security, intelligence and defence. His work has been awarded the International Press Institute award, the National RTI award for investigative journalism and the Jagan Phadnis Memorial award for investigative journalism.

    He is also the author of a book on the history and the future of India’s Special Forces, published by the United Services Institution. He has presented and published several academic papers for the National Security Guards, the Indian army’s think tank, the Centre for Land Warfare Studies (CLAWS) and the Indian Air Force’s think tank, the Centre for Air Power Studies (CAPS).

    He is currently working on several cyber security, risk assessment and de-risking projects for Global Corporate Security, an associate company of Reliance Industries Limited. He is also a Visiting Fellow with the Observer Research Foundation, Delhi and a Lead Researcher on a Cybersecurity project with the Internet Democracy Project.

  • 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.

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