A paper that I worked on a few years ago as a passion project, has been published in the Sage journal, Global Media and Communication:
Abstract: The 1920s emerged as a landmark decade in the world history of radio, more particularly in South Asia. About a century later, this paper seeks to stitch together a critical historiography of radio governance in colonial South Asia. In doing so, the paper seeks to unravel colonial constructions, norms and rationalities associated with the modern medium of radio in the South Asian context. This paper draws on the works of Pinkerton, Zivin, Brayne, Potter and gleanings in their work of the autobiographical writings of Fielden and Reith, the first broadcasting controller of All India Radio and the general manager of the British Broadcasting Corporation, respectively, besides some official documents cited in these works pertaining to the goings-on in British South Asia and its broadcasting. Ultimately, this paper seeks to not only historicize the eventual decolonization and democratization that occurred, but also sets the stage to locate, understand and move towards sustainable media governance in a post-2015 world.
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A collaborative paper published in association with eminent scholars in the field, in the ICA flagship Journal of Communication:
Abstract: Hegemonic Open Science, emergent from the circuits of knowledge production in the Global North and serving the economic interests of platform capitalism, systematically erase the voices of the subaltern margins from the Global South and the Southern margins inhabiting the North. Framed within an overarching emancipatory narrative of creating access for and empowering the margins through data exchanged on the global free market, hegemonic Open Science processes co-opt and erase Southern epistemologies, working to create and reproduce new enclosures of extraction that serve data colonialism-capitalism. In this essay, drawing on our ongoing negotiations of community-led culture-centered advocacy and activist strategies that resist the racist, gendered, and classed structures of neocolonial knowledge production in the metropole in the North, we attend to Southern practices of Openness that radically disrupt the whiteness of hegemonic Open Science. These decolonizing practices foreground data sovereignty, community ownership, and public ownership of knowledge resources as the bases of resistance to the colonial-capitalist interests of hegemonic Open Science.
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Reflecting on my personal experience of having conducted a policy ethnography in South Asia, I wrote about how some lessons shaped my personal activism, for the Economic and Political Weekly. Please read it here
My paper titled, ‘Towards Equitable and Sustainable Technology Futures’ has been published as part of a special issue on the legacy of the MacBride Commission report of WACC’s journal, Media Development, Issue 21(2):
Protected: Towards equitable and sustainable technology futures
I will be working on the project, ‘Hated Speech and the Costs of Freedom in India’, wherein I will be theoretically and ethnographically mobilising the concept of ‘Hated Speech’. This project is funded by the “Challenging hate narratives and violations of freedom of religion and expression online in Asia” Grant of the Association for Progressive Communications (APC). This will culminate in a report, besides academic writing.
My Book Review of ‘Create, Copy, Disrupt: India’s Intellectual Property Dilemmas’, by Prashant Reddy T and Sumathi Chandrashekaran has been published in the English and Foreign Language University’s International Journal of Media Studies (IJMS). Please find the link here: https://www.efluniversity.ac.in/Journals-Communication/II/IJMS2_BookReview_Raghunath.pdf
The southwestern Indian state of Kerala has been in the news for flattening the curve in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, raising the bar for public health interventions through proactive and informed policy stances. However, another storm was brewing for a few weeks in April and early May that had implications for the larger public health crisis. Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala questioned the state government upon entering into a contract with a private firm, Sprinklr, which would be granted full access to citizens’ health data. This led to petitions being filed in the Kerala High Court, and the judge ordering that the data of COVID-19 patients with Sprinklr be anonymised. Several days before the original post from which this chapter is drawn was written, the Kerala government told the High Court that the data had been transferred to a State-owned cloud space. While this incident, in the midst of a global pandemic, speaks to ongoing discussions on the data privacy and healthcare cybersecurity, it also highlights what is emerging as an important domain in data governance: Non-Personal Data.
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This is the book review of Hilde Van den Bulck, Manuel Puppis, Karen Donders, Leo Van Audenhove (eds). The Palgrave Handbook of Methods for Media Policy Research. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019, 681 pp, €187,19 (hardback), published in the Asia Pacific Media Educator. Read it here
Even as the world grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic and continues to put in place measures for human safety, one thing that has been pronounced during this time is the public health reliance on Data. From contact tracing apps to the building of databases, the pandemic has revealed the very current turn to Datafication that is beginning to occur in a big way, across countries. India is no exception. Over the last half a decade, we have seen numerous policy shifts that prove that this is a new reality that we must contend with, and study better. This short reflection presents an analysis of the discourse and key analytical aspects of Data Governance in India.
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Even as activists and ethical technologists have been writing about and working on Personal Data and Privacy, the newer arena of Non-Personal Data (NPD) is very under-explored. What is the role of NPD in the face of a global pandemic like COVID-19? How do we deal with the possible economic exploitation of NPD, without any ethical bindings? This post looks at recent developments in dealing with Non-Personal Data in India, and the possible opportunities it provides in light of COVID-19. It argues for embedding public interest in working with NPD in India, a very urgent mission for activists and ethical technologists.
Read more on this here: https://data-activism.net/2020/05/bigdatasur-covid-covid-19-and-non-personal-data-in-the-indian-context-on-the-normative-ideal-of-public-interest/