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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

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."

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

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.

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

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.

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."

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."

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

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.

Indian Techies Work to Detect Fake WhatsApp and Facebook Messages

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

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

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.

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

Do you use free and open source software?

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."

Indians Ask: Is Visiting a Torrent Site Really A Crime?

"Thousands of cases pending, criminals roaming scott free. That's fine. Lets arrest people who download #torrents"

Meet the Newly Born Tulu Wikipedia, the 23rd in a South Asian Language!

Tulu is spoken by 3-5 million people in the Indian states of Karnataka and Kerala, plus a sizeable diaspora living in the US and the Gulf countries.

South Asia's Largest Wikimedia Conference Kicks Off in India

Some of the noted guests addressing the gathering include Wikimedia Foundation's newly promoted Executive Director Katherine Maher and Punjabi-language poet Surjit Patar.

A Golden Age for Cow Urine in India

"We boycott the cow slaughter industry for a year. The saved $ purchases cows. We separate the gold from the cow urine. Hapi economics."

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

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.

Eight Challenges Indian-Language Wikipedias Need to Overcome

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.

Why It's Essential To Grow Indian-Language Wikipedias

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..."

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

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

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'?"

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