Nikhil Pahwa

Nikhil Pahwa

Nikhil Pahwa is the Founder and Editor of MediaNama, a leading publication chronicling the growth of India’s digital ecosystem. He is a TED Fellow, and co-founded the Savetheinternet.in campaign for Net Neutrality in India, which was the largest grassroots campaign in the history of India, with over a million people participating. He was also the Co-founder and Chairman of the Internet Freedom Foundation, which focuses on advocacy for an open Internet in India. Nikhil has been a part of initiatives which helped declare unconstitutional, Section 66A of India's IT Act, which had led to people being jailed for comments on Facebook; and the watering down of Section 79A, which had led to censorship of speech online. At present, Nikhil is a part of initiatives to fix Aadhaar, the world's largest biometric identity database, covering over 1.19 billion Indians, in a manner that protects privacy and agency for Indians.

 

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