In September 2017, I begin my stint as Mozilla technology policy fellow.
As the Mozilla foundation explains, “The program is designed to give individuals with deep expertise in government and Internet policy the support and structure they need to continue their Internet health work.”

“Internet health” is quintessential Mozilla coinage, and is a framework for much of their research. Health is tracked across five issues: decentralization, privacy and security, openness, Web literacy and digital inclusion. These issues cover multiple and intersecting policy issues, like net-neutrality, digital literacy, mis-information/’fake news’, data privacy and cyber security.

I join the fellowship from my previous role as legal consultant at the National Institute of Public Finance & Policy, an autonomous research institute under the Ministry of Finance, Government of India. I was part of a team that works closely with governmental departments and regulators at the forefront of telecom and technology policy - providing both research and advisory.

I attended the University of Oxford with the support of the Rhodes Scholarship, where I completed graduate degrees in law (BCL at the Law faculty) and internet studies (MSc at the Oxford Internet Institute).

At the OII, my masters dissertation on ‘zero-rated’ data plans in India and net-neutrality received a distinction grade, and was cited by various stakeholders in the heated policy debate.  For more details see here.

Prior to my time in Oxford, I was involved in advocacy and legal aid related to the Right to Information Act, 2005 in my role as coordinator for the National Campaign for People’s Right to Information (NCPRI).

I have also worked under Dr. Usha Ramanathan providing legal research support for two government appointed expert committees. The first, on the DNA Profiling Bill, 2007 (see here for her note of dissent) as well as on legal and constitutional issues affecting tribal communities in India (see here for the full report)

I hold a degree in law from the National University of Juridical Science (NUJS), Kolkata. During my final year at law school, I received the Google Policy Fellowship, where I worked with CIS Bangalore to study the legal landscape around digital distribution of music. That work continues in collaboration with Maggie Huang (University of Toronto) -  initial findings are reported here, methodology here and the final publication is forthcoming.

 Picture credit: Kaushik Ramaswamy <kaushik.ramaswamy@gmail.com> for NIPFP.

Picture credit: Kaushik Ramaswamy <kaushik.ramaswamy@gmail.com> for NIPFP.