Dr. Anja Kovacs
Dr. Anja Kovacs, Researcher and Activist, and Director of the Internet Democracy
Dr. Anja Kovacs directs the Internet Democracy Project in Delhi. India. The Project engages in research and advocacy on the promises and challenges that the Internet poses for democracy and social justice in India and beyond. Anja’s work focuses especially on questions regarding freedom of expression, cybersecurity and the architecture of Internet governance. She is currently a member of the of the Investment Committee of the Digital Defenders Partnership; of the Steering Committee of Best Bits, a global network of civil society members; and of the Coordination Committee of 1net, a global multistakeholder initiative. She has also worked as an international consultant on Internet issues, including for the United Nations Development Programme Asia Pacific and the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression, Mr. Frank La Rue, and has been a Fellow at the Centre for Internet and Society in Bangalore, India. Prior to focusing her work on the information society, Anja researched and consulted on a wide range of development-related issues. She has lectured at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK, and Ambedkar University, Delhi, India, and has conducted extensive fieldwork throughout South Asia. She obtained her PhD in Development Studies from the University of East Anglia in the UK.