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 what 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. He is also working on initiatives that help simplify complex tech policy discussions for citizens, and believes that active citizen participation is necessary for driving meaningful and inclusive change.
Apart from the TED fellowship in 2016, Nikhil was named one of India today Magazine’s “Indians of Tomorrow” under 35 in 2012. MediaNama was awarded as an Ecosystem Builder by Fortune Magazine in 2016.