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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

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.

9 July 2017

The More India's Ruling Party Pushes the Hindi Language, the More Indians Oppose It

"We are not saying no to Hindi...[the] question should be why 'only' Hindi."

21 June 2017

Where Did Indians’ Ancient Ancestors Come From? The Indo-Aryan Migration Debate Rages Once More

"The linguistic evidence for the #AryanMigration theory is very strong. [Now there is something] for those that need hard science."

8 June 2017

There Are 23 Indian-Language Wikipedias. The Oldest Just Turned 15.

The Bridge

It has yet to be included in Google Translate, but Odia was the first Indian language to make an appearance on Wikipedia, 15 years ago.

4 April 2017

Indian Techies Work to Detect Fake WhatsApp and Facebook Messages

Advox

Many of the new users do not yet know how to differentiate between authentic sources and fake or malicious ones.

3 February 2017

India's Open Tech Communities Work to Increase Public Knowledge of Online Privacy

Advox

Over the past year, free and open source communities in India have built a campaign to increase public understanding of online privacy issues both with online and public outreach events.

17 September 2016

It's September, and That Means It's Time for Software Freedom Day

Rising Voices

Do you use free and open source software?

14 September 2016

The Feud Between Two Indian States Over Water Has Taken a Violent Turn

"If you set fire to things to protest the scarcity of water, then the protest goes from agitation to irony."