Subhashish Panigrahi

Subhashish is a senior civil society leader with a decade-long experience in the society, tech, and media intersection. He's presently Ashoka's Law for All director, a board member at Global Voices and a National Geographic Explorer since 2017. Earlier, he catalysed large open internet communities across Asia-Pacific (Internet Society), Mozilla's Asian open source communities, and the South Asian-language Wikipedia communities (Wikimedia Foundation and the Centre for Internet & Society). He has led teams, strategic programmes, stakeholder relations, research and documentation, fundraising and grantmaking.

His films dissects the themes of protecting and celebrating diverse languages and cultures, community media and sovereignty. His award-winning documentaries include Gyani Maiya (2019)—following a Nepalese community elder's journey of keeping her language alive, and MarginalizedAadhaar (2021), his Yoti Digital Identity Fellowship critically examining the Indian biometric ID Aadhaar's role in further exclusion of marginalised peoples. By 2023, he audio-recorded 72K Odia-language words, releasing under a Universal Public Domain release. This was arguably the largest voice data repository in any South Asian language under PD. He has designed curriculum and taught and mentored community advocates about multilingual resources, spoken, written and has been covered widely in media.

Organisations associated with


Gyani Maiya MarginalizedAadhaar The Volunteer Archivists Mage Porob