Associate Fellow, Observer Research Foundation, India-US Fellow, New America
Madhulika Srikumar is an Associate Fellow and Program Coordinator with the Cyber Initiative at the Observer Research Foundation in New Delhi. She is also the 2019 India-U.S. Public Interest Technology Fellow at New America in Washington, DC. Her research on law enforcement access to data has been cited extensively by prominent stakeholders including the expert committee established by the government to draft India’s first data protection law. A lawyer by training, Ms Srikumar regularly authors opinion pieces for leading publications. She also convenes the Foundation’s annual ‘AI For All’ dialogue in Mumbai and leads ORF’s efforts on AI policy and algorithmic bias, especially the ways in which machine learning can exacerbate existing gender inequities.
Through her research and advocacy, Srikumar seeks to examine how cyber governance in emerging economies can respond to policies scripted predominantly in the West. Her forthcoming report with New America explores how tech companies as privacy negotiators can mediate agreements on government access to data under the U.S. CLOUD Act.
Modern technologies are continuing to change the daily lives of citizens in India, presenting various opportunities and challenges. Large social media platforms like YouTube, Facebook, and WhatsApp are making notable changes to their services due to their experience in India. Ensuring transparency of political advertising and introducing new standards for fighting extremist narratives, fake news, and disinformation will also have its effect on India’s General Election in the spring of 2019.