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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

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

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.

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?"

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

The Newly Updated Indic Keyboard App Now Supports 22 Asian Languages

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.

Odia Wikipedia Set to Celebrate 13 Years of Volunteer Contributions

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.

Indian Minister Says #MaritalRape Does Not Count

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

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

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

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."

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.

Indian Netizens Criticize Online Censorship of ‘Jihadi’ Content

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

Indians Plead for #NetNeutrality as Airtel Raises Data Charges

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

More Than 40 Million People Await the Launch of Odia Wikisource

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.

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.

In new iOS, Apple Introduces Five Indic Language Input Methods

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.

Doctors and Translators Are Working Together to Bridge Wikipedia's Medical Language Gap

A new project that aims to enrich Wikipedia articles related to medical subjects in many world languages has been given a $10,000 grant from the Wikimedia Foundation.

Who Is Sachin Tendulkar? Don't Ask Tennis Champion Maria Sharapova

Disgruntled fans of the "god of cricket" are lashing out at Sharapova for admitting that she doesn't know who Tendulkar is.

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