• Aapti Institute

    Us and Tech

  • Our vision

    Aapti is a research institution that will generate public, policy-relevant, actionable and accessible knowledge from the frontiers of tech and society, about our networked lives, to support the creation of a fair, free, and equitable society

    Governance and Citizens

    What is the future of citizens' engagement with the state?

    The relationship between the state and the citizen is changing. Access to welfare and justice are changing. Aapti will examine the impact of new and emerging technologies on civic lives.

    Futures of Workers

    How will our children work and live?

    The intersection of AI with business will dramatically change the way in which workers learn for work, seek work, and their jobs. These changes and their consequences are important for us to understand if we want to imagine fair and just work. Aapti will examine the futures of our workforce.

    Data Economy

    What are our personal digital lives going to be?

    Social lives, such as personal interactions and commerce are increasingly conducted online. At the heart of this is personal data exchanged for goods and services, from a private company or governments. There is a growing market place for data, and as a result, there is a commodification of our personal information. Aapti will examine new models of data ownership, and delve into the challenges of a data economy from the perspective of the individual.

  • Rethinking ride sharing services to better incorporate women into the workforce

    read our writing: https://medium.com/aapti

    Future of Workers: The California AB5 legislation and the prospects for India

    read our writing: https://medium.com/aapti

  • Team

    Dr. Sarayu Natarajan

    Founder

    Sarayu has a background in management consulting (McKinsey and Company), venture investing (Elevar Equity), program development and management (Gray Matters Capital), and academic research. She has a PhD in Political Science from King's College London, a Master's in Public Policy from the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at Columbia University, and a arts and law degree from the National Law School of India University, Bangalore (NLSIU).

    Astha Kapoor

    Co-Founder and Director

    Astha has experience in research (Future State, SEWA), consulting (MicroSave, Dalberg), advisory (APPI), and government (Planning Commission). She has a Masters from the Institute of Social Studies (the Netherlands), and a bachelors in history from St. Stephens College. She is a two time TedX speaker, and Global Governance Future Fellow (2018-19).

    Kanimozhi Udhayakumar

    Data Analyst

    Kanimozhi has worked in the International Relations sector and geopolitical analysis space focusing on Indo-Pacific and the African continent. She has previously worked with Jane's by IHS Markit where she analysed the conflict situations in Africa. She has also worked on the Asia-Africa Growth Corridor (AAGC) with the Research and Information Systems for Developing Countries (RIS). With a background in engineering, she hopes to utilise her analytical skills to understand more about the societal paradigm of technology at Aapti.

    Suha Mohamed

    Strategy and Partnerships

    Suha has experience working in the startup ecosystem with several tech startups, social enterprises (Microsoft for Startups) and women-led organisations (SonderConnect). At Microsoft, she led a program that supported social enterprises in leveraging technology to amplify their impact. Previously she worked for the Centre for Law and Policy Research (Bangalore), where she focused on issues concerning gender, public health & disability rights. During this period she also organised India’s first conference on Transgender Rights and the law. Suha graduated from Maastricht University, with a degree in International Relations & Public Policy.

    Amrita Nanda

    Research Analyst

    Amrita holds a BA in Philosophy from Ashoka University. Her interests lie in the intersection of applied ethics and technology, and the future of privacy and digital rights. Prior to joining Aapti, she worked at Scroll, writing and curating a variety of stories. She also has prior experience in academic research, film and advertising. At Aapti, Amrita hopes to solve for possible ethical models in the formulation, deployment and use of data-driven technologies - between the state, the individual and industry stakeholders.

    Soujanya Sridharan

    Research Analyst

    Soujanya Sridharan is a graduate of Development from Azim Premji University. Her interest in tech policy stems from her thesis research on labour unions within India’s IT industry. Previously, she has interned with organisations such as The Hindu and Tata Trusts. This was followed by a short stint with IT for Change where she was involved in the gender and technology vertical. At Aapti, her research revolves around forging human-centric pathways to platform and data governance.

    Aishani Rai

    Research Analyst

    Aishani holds a BA.LLB (Hons.) degree from School of Law, Christ. Her past internship at The Dialogue, Delhi steered her interest towards the field of technology law and policy where she broadly worked on encryption, illegal content and online harms, and consumer trust in the online world. She has a keen interest in policy and has assisted in researching and drafting the Karnataka Tank Conservation & Development Authority Rules, 2019. At Aapti, she seeks to explore the confluence of technology with laws such as competition, consumer and employment, and work towards bolstering legal frameworks, protecting citizens from harms stemming due to tech deployment.

    Vinay Narayan

    Senior Research Analyst

    Vinay started his career as a corporate lawyer at Khaitan & Co. where he was involved in analysing and advising companies on the legal landscape on tech and corporate matters. He then made the shift to tech policy, working at IT for Change, researching various aspects of the digital economy, with a specific focus on identifying a theoretical basis and practical models for socialising data value. He is interested in how data governance frameworks can be leveraged to enable greater social good. Vinay graduated from Gujarat National Law University with a B.B.A., LL.B. (Hons.) degree.

    Shefali Girish

    Research Analyst

    Shefali Girish holds a BA.LLB (Hons.) degree from School of Law, Christ. Her past internship at Navi Technologies Pvt Ltd, a fintech company steered her interest towards the field of technology law and understanding the intersection between technology and law and data governance. She has also previously interned in IP Firms such as BananaIP, K&S Partners and researched on Intellectual Property rights and AI-generated works. She has a keen interest in policy and research. At Aapti, she seeks to explore the confluence of tech law with other laws such as privacy law, data protection and understanding models of data governance.

    Ava Mumtaz Haidar

    Research Analyst

    Ava is a Political Science graduate, with research experience in literature and music. Her interests are in dilemmas of digital access, social transformations through technology and digital forms of social representation. Before joining Aapti, Ava worked as a Teaching Fellow at Ashoka University, where she taught students political theory, helped create online-friendly curriculums and conducted writing workshops. She has conducted various research projects in the intersection of art, politics and digitisation in India. At Aapti, Ava seeks a greater understanding of digital ecosystems of development, as well as technologically-driven perspectives on Indian culture.

    Shafali Jain

    Research Analyst

    By training Shafali is a new media designer and a computer science engineer. She is currently building her practise in the space of Community, Technology and now, Policy. As a part of Janastu collective and Milli, she worked with archives for a diversity of stories and with young women in rural areas to help gig-enable them, by inculcating a culture of media making. She has also been pursuing research on community networks, citizenship and how to move away from textually prolific internet through annotations and hypermedia communication. At aapti, she wants to focus on making the tech policy spaces more feminist and open it to having more representation.

  • Publications

    Writing from the Aapti team

    This report seeks to explore the practices that underpin the AI data labelling industry in India through the lens of private entities and likely future evolution. Uncovering the evolving landscape of AI data labelling gives us an opportunity to re-envision and structure this labour to be just and...
    The Last Mile Access research was a 9-month empirical, mixed methods study conducted by Aapti Institute in partnership with Omidyar Network India and eGovernments Foundation. The study explored existing pathways to government services for marginalised citizens in the context of digital...
    Context In the second iteration of the Aapti Research Roundtable series, we explore how the role of research has been redefined in a world changed by the pandemic. Now more than ever, we see how crucial it is to tap into empirical evidence from the field to inform active policies in response to...
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