AIC Welcomes Its Inaugural India Fellows

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AIC Welcomes Its Inaugural India Fellows

The Asia Internet Coalition is pleased to announce its two Fellows, Shehla Rashid Shora and Astik Sinha. They will analyse the policy environment in India, identify potential opportunities and challenges to innovation. They will be expected to work collaboratively with stakeholders and make relevant recommendations regarding access, innovation and policy issues in India.

Considering India’s sheer size and its encouraging trend in mobile phone penetration, it is expected that the contribution the internet will make to the country’s economy will only become more important in the near future. An increasing trend of mobile internet usage makes India an attractive market for Internet businesses. In ensuring that this booming market becomes an enabler for innovation, a mix of business-friendly policies and the right attitude among policymakers and businesses are crucial. It was with this vision, coupled with India’s ever-increasing share of Internet usage, that the Asia Internet Coalition recently released a report titled, “Good to grow? The environment for Asia’s Internet businesses”, conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit, in New Delhi.

Shehla Rashid Shora has a BTech in Computer Science and Engineering from the National Institute of Technology, Srinagar. She is an alumnus of the India Women in Leadership programme, conducted by Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore and Centre for Social Research, New Delhi. She has previously worked at the Internet Democracy Project, New Delhi. She has co-authored an in-depth study of Indian laws and their effect on the state of freedom of expression in India with Dr. Anja Kovacs, who heads the Internet Democracy Project.

Astik Sinha holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from the University of Delhi and a Masters in Peacebuilding & Conflict Analysis from the Nelson Mandela Center for Peace at Jamia Millia Islamia University. He completed his Media Studies from St.Stephens College, New Delhi. He currently works with an Indian Member of Parliament and has previously worked at the Observer Research Foundation. He has been engaged with various youth led campaigns and start-ups. Twitter @astiksinha