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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 Wikimedia Foundation's Program Capacity & Learning; and 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.

Views expressed in my Global Voices articles are my own and do not necessarily reflect the organizations with which I work or are affiliated to. Catch me on Twitter @subhapa.

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Latest posts by Subhashish Panigrahi

11 May 2016

Draft Law Would Prohibit Showing ‘Disputed Areas’ on Maps of India

Global Voices Advocacy

A new bill in India has been proposed to ban anyone to call the Pakistan and China borders as "disputed areas" along with several other restrictions.

27 April 2016

Eight Challenges Indian-Language Wikipedias Need to Overcome

The Bridge

While native-language Wikipedias are becoming game-changers in other parts of the world, India, in spite of having numerous languages, lags way behind. Here are a few of the reasons why.

26 February 2016

Why It's Essential To Grow Indian-Language Wikipedias

The Bridge

With over 196 Indian languages on the verge of extinction, Wikipedia in Indian languages could potentially preserve and revive many languages.

Journalists Find Themselves the Target of India's ‘Anti-National’ Narrative

"As goons in black robes rampaged through the Delhi court house where Kanhaiya Kumar is being tried, they assaulted journalists not just on day one, but then once again..."

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.

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