Vidushi Marda

Nonresident Research Analyst
Carnegie India
Vidushi Marda is a nonresident research analyst at Carnegie India. She is a legal researcher who focuses on the interplay between emerging technologies, policy, and society.
Education

B.A. L.L.B (Hons) Christ University

Languages
  • English

Vidushi Marda is a nonresident research analyst at Carnegie India. She is a legal researcher who focuses on the interplay between emerging technologies, policy, and society. She is a program officer with Article 19’s Team Digital, where she deals with the ethical, legal, and regulatory issues that arise from algorithmic decision-making, with a specific focus on the human rights implications of machine learning.

She is working on strengthening human rights considerations on internet infrastructure, particularly at internet governance bodies like the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). She is also a research associate at DATACTIVE, University of Amsterdam, where she looks at content regulations vis-à-vis the increased dominance of private platforms on the Internet.

Her work has been cited by the Supreme Court of India in a seminal ruling on the right to privacy, the United Kingdom House of Lords Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence, and the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression.

Her work has been published in scholarly journals such as Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences, The International Association of Law and Politics, and other academic and policy-focused journals. She is an occasional media commentator and her work has appeared in several Indian publications.

    • Article

    Artificial Intelligence Policy in India: A Framework for Engaging the Limits of Data-Driven Decision-Making

    • September 10, 2018
    • Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences

    This article argues that the technical limitations of AI systems should be reckoned with at the time of developing policy, and the societal and ethical concerns that arise due to such limitations should be used to inform what policy processes aspire to achieve.

    • Report

    The Digital Protection of Traditional Knowledge: Questions Raised by the Traditional Knowledge Digital Library in India

    • December 2016
    • GIS Watch

    This study considers the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESR) through aspects of intellectual property in India, namely, mobile patents, free and open source software, and India’s Traditional Knowledge Digital Library.

    • Article

    Harassment in the Workplace: The Legal Context

    • September 18, 2014
    • International Association of Law and Politics

    This article examines case law pursuant to anti-discrimination law and cases brought under the ambit of the Protection from Harassment Act 1997. It identifies key categories resulting in legal action, information about the organizational context giving rise to harassment litigation, and other factors.

    • Report

    Wisdom of the Crowd: Multistakeholder Perspectives on the Fake News Debate

    • May 21, 2018
    • Internet Policy Observatory, Annenberg School of Communication, University of Pennsylvania

    In order to vitalize a dialogue on corrective measures against the spread of false information, this project undertakes a truncated multistakeholder consultation, addressing experts to assess diverging perspectives on institutional proposals, legislative responses, and self-regulation resolutions.

    • Report

    Privacy and Freedom of Expression in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

    • April 2018
    • Article 19 & Privacy International

    This paper focuses on applications of ‘artificial narrow intelligence,’ in particular machine learning and its implications for human rights. The paper aims to to review the current landscape of AI governance and provide initial suggestions for rights-based solutions.

    • White Paper

    Identifying Aspects of Privacy in Islamic Law

    • December 14, 2014
    • Centre for Internet & Society

    This white paper seeks to identify aspects of privacy in Islamic Law, and demonstrate that the notion of privacy was recognized and protected in traditional Islamic law. This paper was cited by the Supreme Court of India in its landmark ruling on the Right to Privacy in India, August 2017.

    • Report

    Big Data in Governance in India: Case Studies

    • February 19, 2017
    • Centre for Internet & Society

    This research seeks to understand the most effective way of researching Big Data in the Global South. Toward this goal, the research identifies the potential opportunities and pitfalls of big data, and possible policy solutions and interventions.

    • Report

    Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights in India: Opportunities for Advocacy in Intellectual Property Rights

    • December 2016
    • Association for Progressive Communications

    This three-part case study contemplates the ICESCR through aspects of intellectual property in India, namely, mobile patents, free and open source software (FOSS), and India’s Traditional Knowledge Digital Library. Through these it demonstrates the potential of these technologies in realizing ESCRs.

    • Report

    Benefits, Harms, Rights, and Regulation: A Survey of Literature on Big Data

    • December 2016
    • Centre for Internet & Society

    This survey draws upon a range of literature, including news articles, academic articles, and presentations, and seeks to disaggregate the potential benefits and costs of big data, organizing them into several broad categories that reflect the existing scholarly literature.

    • Report

    South Asian Perspectives on Net Neutrality

    • January 2016
    • Observer Research Foundation

    This report examines the key themes highlighted during a series of panel discussions exploring South Asian perspectives on net neutrality, including the potential effects of net neutrality regulation and zero-rated platforms on the market.

    • Report

    Technology Business Incubators: An Indian Perspective & Implementation Guidance Report

    • July 2015
    • Centre for Internet & Society

    This reports looks at the stages of a startup, the motivational factors behind establishing incubators by governments and private players, the process followed by them in selecting and nurturing talent, and providing post incubation support.

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