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Subhashish Panigrahi

Global Voices (GV) author, special interest in Rising Voices, GV Odia editor, educator and free knowledge evangelist, originally from Odisha and based in Bengaluru, India; Mozillian, long time Wikimedian, OpenGLAM Working group member and ambassador for India and currently at the Centre for Internet and Society‘s Access To Knowledge program. Works on building partnership with GLAM institutions, universities, language research organizations, government departments and individuals for bringing more scholarly and encyclopedic content on language, culture and history under free licenses. Author of “Rising Voices: Indigenous language Digital Activism” in Digital Activism in Asia Reader; learning interests in building low cost models for academic education programs. Voiced in many language related conferences, policy and implementation discourses around open knowledge and open source.

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Latest posts by Subhashish Panigrahi

9 February 2016

‘A Good Day for the Internet Everywhere': India Bans Differential Data Pricing

Global Voices Advocacy

Indian Telecom Regulatory Authority bans differential data pricing and Facebook's large plans for Free Basics come to an end.

7 February 2016

How an Indian Singer's Impromptu Inflight Performance Led to Crew Members’ Suspension

"We really need to grow up! Flights tend to be boring - so what if Sonu Nigam sang a song? How is that a 'security threat'?"

29 December 2015

Millions of Indians Slam Facebook's ‘Free Basics’ App

Global Voices Advocacy

With two weeks of public advertisements, Facebook would have got the maximum opposition in India so far in rolling a free access to its products called Free Basics.

2 October 2015

Man's Beating Death Casts Harsh Light on India's Beef Politics

"Some get rich by exporting #beef, some die for consuming it? What warped & perverse nationalism is this ban fanning?"

29 August 2015

Google's Optical Character Recognition Software Now Works with All South Asian Languages

Rising Voices

Google's OCR software supports more than 248 world languages, including all the major South Asian languages, bringing together hope for the large-scale digitization of old texts.

14 August 2015

Google's New CEO Sundar Pichai is Getting a lot of Love from India

Google has created a new larger holding company Alphabet with a new CEO for Google, Sundar Pichai. Indian social media users welcome Pichai's new leadership with greetings, pun and humour.

7 August 2015

How India's Porn Ban Backfired And “Brought the Entire Nation Together”

Global Voices Advocacy

India's overreaching ban on pornography sites was lifted less than a week after it was laid down, in the wake of heavy criticism. But the mockery of government continues.

1 August 2015

A Holiday Too Delicious to Resist

Twitter users from the Indian state of Odisha have launched a campaign to dedicate an entire day to their state delicacy, a dessert known as Rasagola.

12 June 2015

The Newly Updated Indic Keyboard App Now Supports 22 Asian Languages

Rising Voices

A mobile input app called Indic Keyboard's newest release now supports language input in 22 Asian languages including 18 Indian languages apart from English, with 54 input layouts.

31 May 2015

Odia Wikipedia Set to Celebrate 13 Years of Volunteer Contributions

Rising Voices

A project that was virtually unknown a few years back with monthly page views in the low thousands recorded 8,08,834 page views in March 2015 alone.

3 May 2015

Indian Minister Says #MaritalRape Does Not Count

"Dear minister, if marriage is sacred, does that make #MaritalRape sacred too?"

25 March 2015

India's Supreme Court Axes Online Censorship Law, But Challenges Remain

Global Voices Advocacy

People in India are cheering after the Indian Supreme Court struck down IT Act Section 66A, calling it a violation of free expression.

4 March 2015

Indian State Maharashtra’s #BeefBan Means Eating a Burger Can Send You to Prison

"Congratulations Maharashtra: it is now safer to be a cow than a woman, Dalit or Muslim in the state."

13 February 2015

Some Right-Wing Groups in India Have No Love for Valentine's Day This Year

Hindu Mahasabha says it will force couples making public displays of affection on Valentine's Day to marry, while Kalinga Sena plans to film couples and send the videos to parents.

6 January 2015

Indian Netizens Criticize Online Censorship of ‘Jihadi’ Content

Global Voices Advocacy

Indian netizens are speaking out against censorship in the face of government blocks on Github, Internet Archive, Vimeo, Sourceforge and other popular sites.

30 December 2014

Indians Plead for #NetNeutrality as Airtel Raises Data Charges

Global Voices Advocacy

Although plans are now on hold due to regulatory restrictions, advocates worry that the company may yet find a way impose the fee increase.

18 October 2014

More Than 40 Million People Await the Launch of Odia Wikisource

Rising Voices

Speakers of Odia will soon have mountains of books to read online in their mother tongue, following the launch of the Odia Wikisource, which will make accessible many rare books.

12 October 2014

What’s Been Worse for India: Cyclone Hudhud or the Media Frenzy About It?

On Twitter, many Indians have complained that sensationalism in the news is causing more damage than the storm itself.

19 September 2014

Bollywood Actress Deepika Padukone: ‘Yes! I Am a Woman. I Have Breasts and a Cleavage! You Got a Problem?!’

An entertainment news portal tweeted a screenshot of Padukone in the film "Finding Fanny" along with the comment "Deepika's cleavage show." The actress and numerous others hit back on Twitter.

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