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Rohith Jyothish

I am a social scientist at the intersection of law and technology. I have worked with multiple stakeholders in researching and advocating for a people-centric fiscal policy by engaging with the government budgeting processes at various tiers of governance in India (Union, State and Local). I like to work on data and information systems that enable transparent, accountable and participatory governance with a focus on marginalized groups. I also enjoy reading about history of economic thought, science fiction, music and biographies/autobiographies.

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Latest posts by Rohith Jyothish

31 May 2017

Online Trolls Attack Critics of India's Aadhaar State ID System

Global Voices Advocacy

Critics of the Aadhaar biometric ID system are being criticized by state agencies and trolled by anonymous handles on Twitter.

5 May 2017

Is India's Aadhaar System an Instrument For Surveillance?

Global Voices Advocacy

"Repeat after me: Aadhaar is surveillance technology masquerading as secure authentication technology."

2 May 2017

The World’s Largest Biometric Database is Leaking Indian Citizens’ Data — But Keeps On Growing

Global Voices Advocacy

Over the last few months, the Indian twittersphere has been awash with citizens concerned about government websites leaking millions of individual digital ID numbers. On May 1, the Centre for Internet and...

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