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Subhashish Panigrahi

Documentary filmmaker and an interdisciplinary multimedia researcher. Works across community, culture and digital rights of marginalized groups. Has built communities to develop Indian-language Wikipedias, mobilized Mozilla Campus Clubs across Asia so that students can use and contribute to Open Source, led large-scale content donations by negotiating with government entities and publishers, and shaped the open Internet landscape across Asia-Pacific. With a career spanning over a decade in nonprofits — including Wikimedia Foundation, Mozilla, Internet Society, Centre for Internet and Society — that safeguard the open Internet. Created documentaries for National Geographic on some of the languages that are facing imminent danger of extinction. Currently a Digital Identity Fellow at Yoti.

Views expressed here are personal and do not necessarily reflect the organizations Subhashish works for or is affiliated to. Connect on Twitter @subhapa.

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Latest posts by Subhashish Panigrahi

29 June 2020

India's digital ID system deepens exclusion of vulnerable communities amid pandemic

AdvoxRising VoicesCOVID-19

The use of Aadhaar-based authentication makes exclusions more likely.

22 June 2020

Wikipedia project boosts Taiwan's hundreds-strong Sakizaya-speaking community

Rising Voices

Along with six other indigenous languages in Taiwan, Sakizaya is classified as “critically endangered” by UNESCO.

11 May 2020

Promoting coronavirus education through indigenous languages

Rising VoicesCOVID-19

A new online initiative called virALLanguages is helping speakers of indigenous, minority, endangered and other marginalized languages create informational videos on coronavirus in their own languages.

29 April 2020

Coronavirus and surveillance technology in India: Public health vs. privacy

AdvoxCOVID-19

Global Voices interviewed rights lawyer Mishi Choudhary and tech and policy researcher Srinivas Kodali to discuss the newest proposal in India to use unique ID data for #FacialRecognition with drones.

4 April 2020

Is India fighting COVID-19 the ‘mass surveillance’ way?

Advox

"There isn’t enough information available on what data will be collected, how long will it be stored and what uses it will be put to."

17 February 2020

#MarginalizedAadhaar: Is India's Aadhaar enabling more exclusion in social welfare for marginalized communities?

AdvoxRising Voices

India's biometric-based digital ID Aadhaar seems to bring more exclusion to marginalized communities rather than solving it.

10 February 2020

What do we know about the ‘Great Firewall of India’?

Advox

After a six-month-long internet shutdown, access to only 301 white-listed websites has been granted in Jammu and Kashmir, whereas social media, VPNs and many other sites remain banned.

16 December 2019

Internet blocked as protests intensify in northeast India against the Citizenship Amendment Act

Advox

"India leads the world in internet blackouts. We all know what fascist governments do in the dark. Don’t be a bystander; speak now & speak loudly."

30 November 2019

Exclusion in access to public information for marginalized groups in India

Rising Voices

Subhashish Panigrahi highlights the challenges and opportunities relating to access to public information for marginalized groups in India.

19 October 2019

The Indian state of Odisha publishes online dictionaries in 21 indigenous languages

Rising Voices

India is home to over 780 languages and approximately 220-250 languages have died over the last 50 years.

5 May 2019

As Cyclone Fani hits India's eastern coast, preparedness saves thousands of lives

Many lives were saved from the devastations of the extremely severe Cyclone Fani because of a planned evacuation carried by the local administration with support from thousands of volunteers.

22 April 2019

India bans China's TikTok for ‘degrading culture and encouraging pornography’

Advox

People in India have been banned from downloading TikTok, a hugely popular quick video-sharing app based in China.

9 April 2019

All you need to know about India's 2019 general elections

After a campaign season complete with hashtag battles between candidates, Indians are gearing up to take to the polls for the 2019 general elections.

15 March 2019

Promoting communal harmony: The risky business of brand activism in pre-election India

A video by a detergent brand showing a Hindu girl and a Muslim boy playing during a Hindu festival has divided viewers. The ad has already reached 10 million views.

7 September 2018

It is now legal to be gay in India

"For 29 years, I have lived in the shadow of this law, and now, just like that, it’s gone."

8 August 2018

India's biometric ID system takes more heat, after Google admits it coded helpline numbers into Android phones

Advox

With a growing list of incidents of system malfunctions and personal data leaks, Aadhaar has failed to gain public trust.

5 April 2018

Indian Government Threatens to Revoke Media Accreditation Over ‘Fake News’

Advox

New federal guidelines in India which states that journalists can lose accreditation if found spreading "fake" or "uncomfortable" news raises an issue of media-surveillance.

4 February 2018

Nina Paley's ‘Seder-Masochism’ Film Explores Patriarchy in the Book of Exodus Through Animated Ancient Idols

"My interpretation of Exodus is that it's the establishment of complete patriarchy, the elimination of any remaining goddess-worship from older times."

25 August 2017

How to Save Languages from Dying, and What I Learned While Documenting My Own

The Bridge

Half of the world’s languages are dying, but we can help preserve the age-old cultural heritage contained in them by documenting the languages around us in digital form.

24 August 2017

‘Privacy is a Fundamental Right': Advocates Hail India's Supreme Court Ruling

Advox

The ruling followed multiple citizen petitions that challenged the government's move to make Aadhaar -- India's national digital ID system -- mandatory for various social welfare benefits.

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