Human Security in a Datafying South Asia: Approaching Data Protection

My latest publication is out! Check out Volume 1 of EFLU’s International Journal of Media Studies here


In an increasing datafying world, protection of data created and generated as a result of everyday interactions assumes imperativeness. Last year, Europe adopted the General Data Protection Rules (GDPR), which has yet to be subject to substantial reviews to check for inconsistencies and possible blind-spots. Similarly, other national (like India and Brazil) and regional juridical bodies seek to work out frameworks that address data protection. This paper looks at some possible ways to think about Data Protection legislations and practices in South Asia. By alluding to ideas of data justice (Taylor, 2017; Dencik, Hintz & Cable, 2016) and underscoring the idea of ‘multiplicity’ of data regimes, this essay paper draws on the idea of human security (King & Murray, 2001) as central to thinking about data protection legalities. This is does, by placing the protection of the essence, proprietary and otherwise, of the human, at the centre of this legal exercise of formulating data protection legislations, to uphold data democracy.

What Millennials need to know before sitting at the ‘Policy Table’

I wrote about Millennials seeking to occupy space at the policy table here: “More often than not, we place the emphasis on the word ‘policy’, when in fact, the word ‘public’ is equally important. In a world where the digital is taking over the governance space, and corporations get a big slice of the policy pie, one wonders what is left of the ‘public’, as people need not necessarily want to occupy the digital space alone, to be governed. Any young public policy enthusiast must ask her/himself these questions, to understand the flow of power, both material and soft.

The unfinished business of Nepal’s community radio policy

My stint at the Annenberg-Oxford Media Policy Summer Institute gave rise to a blogpost on Nepal’s community radio policy for the erstwhile CGCS Wire, which was then picked up by the World Bank blog.

I was then contacted by Media Asia, which picked it up yet again. All this served as a major encouragement for a budding researcher, early on, and will be cherished! Click here to read the article in Media Asia.

Quelled Voices and Amplified Silences

In 2014, I wrote for my favourite Himal Southasian on community radio in three countries of South Asia. Seeing my name in the special issue on ‘Growing Media, Shrinking Spaces’ was an exhilarating experience!

The blurb says, proponents of community radio have had varying experiences in different parts of Southasia and continue to carve out space for this media. Drawn from first insights from my field-visits, this long-form piece continues to remain a favourite!


Research Report on Social Innovators and the Government

In 2013, I worked on a Research Report on the Interface between Social Innovators and Government: Challenges and Recommendations

The social innovation sector has been picking pace in India for about less than a decade now, and this report was showcased and used by Action For India, at the ‘Building Innovation Ecosystems for Mega Impact: A National Conference on Social Innovation, Technology and Government’, organised by IIT Delhi.