Dr. Sangeeta Mahapatra

Research Fellow

Dr. Sangeeta Mahapatra

  • Short CV

    • Since 02/2023: Research Fellow at the GIGA Institute for Asian Studies
    • 01/2022-01/2023: Associate at the GIGA Institute for Asian Studies
    • 01/2021-12/2021: Visiting Fellow at the GIGA Institute for Asian Studies
    • 03/2019-03/2020: Associate at the GIGA Institute for Asian Studies
    • 09/2018-02/2019: Visiting Fellow at the GIGA Institute for Asian Studies
    • 2017-2018: Visiting Faculty, Department of Political Science, Presidency University, India
    • 2014-2016: Visiting Faculty, Department of Political Science, Diamond Harbour Women's University, India
    • 2014-2015: Visiting Faculty, Department of Mass Communications and Journalism, NSHM Knowledge Campus, India
    • Education: Ph.D in International Relations (Jadavpur University, India); M.A. in International Relations (Jadavpur University, India), and B.A. in Political Science (Hon.) (St. Xavier's College, University of Calcutta, India)

    Current Research

    • Digital Politics
    • Digital Authoritarianism
    • Disinformation and Counter-Disinformation
    • Online Radicalisation
    • Internet Governance

    Countries and Regions

    • South and Southeast Asia
    • India

    Dr. Sangeeta Mahapatra

    Research Fellow

    T. +49 40 428874-40sangeeta.mahapatra@giga-hamburg.de


    Research Project | 01/02/2023 - 31/01/2025

    Mapping and Strengthening Civil Society Response to Disinformation

    Governments in autocratic and autocratizing contexts may use anti-fake news laws to discredit critical civil society actors as agents of “disinformation” and punish them. Through comparative and cross-learning insights derived from field studies, we seek to map civil society responses against the autocratic use of disinformation laws and strengthen policies for right to information and freedom of speech and expression.
    NED, 2023-2025

    Research Project | 01/01/2023 - 31/08/2024

    Strengthening Civil Society Against the Weaponization of Anti-Fake News Laws: A Comparison of Bangladesh, Indonesia, and Thailand

    In an age of proliferating disinformation, governments in South and Southeast Asia have come out with anti-fake news laws. However, the “weaponization" of such laws can lead governments to control online platforms and censor critics. Our project examines the patterns and processes of the weaponization of such laws against civic actors and countermeasures by the latter. We aim for academic and policy outcomes to improve disinformation regulation while safeguarding digital rights.
    GIGA, 2023-2024

    Research Project | 01/01/2021 - 30/04/2022

    Digital Surveillance and Understanding Its Chilling Effect on Journalists: Finding Strategies and Solutions to Safely Seek and Share Information Online

    As democracies are getting increasingly digitalized, digital surveillance can impact the freedom of the press and of speech and expression. Surveillance may also shape the creation and flow of information and the formation of public opinion. This project examines how surveillance affects a major information agent: journalists.
    Mozilla Foundation, 2021-2022

    DW News | Interview | 22/12/2022

    DW News, School Surveillance in India Prompts Data Protection Concerns, 22/12/2022

    The interview addresses the need for institutionalisation and standardisation of best parctices of privacy safeguards as digital surveillance through the use of CCTV cameras in schools in New Delhi, India, get routinised.

    The Morning Context | Quote | 04/09/2021

    How India surveils its citizens

    BBC World Service | Expert Comment / Guest Contribution | 13/08/2021

    Silencing Dissidents: Are Changing Technologies and Politics Making it Harder to Be a Dissident?

    Center for Advanced Security, Strategic and Integration Studies | 16/11/2023

    Use or Misuse? The Emerging Global Challenge of Data Authoritarianism

    Organiser: Center for Advanced Security, Strategic and Integration Studies, University of Bonn Dr. Sangeeta Mahapatra (Speaker)

    The Megatrends Lecture spotlights the central links between growing digitalisation of the economy and declining civil and political liberties through data-driven authoritarianism including digital surveillance, lawfare, and internet shutdowns.

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