As a prelude to the summit, DEF had organised a ninety-minute panel discussion that brought together pre-eminent thinkers and academicians working for individual rights in online space, specifically on the topics of access, openness, security, privacy, policy, regulation and ethics. The curtain raiser also formally introduced the summit along with the important milestones towards the final event.


“Social Media and Internet Rights”

Confirmed Panelists

  • Aakar Patel – Executive Director, Amnesty International India
  • Anja Kovacs – Director, Internet Democracy Project*
  • Chinmayi Arun – Research Director, Centre for Communication Governance (NLU-Delhi)
  • Pankaj Pushkar – MLA (Timarpur, Delhi)
  • Rai Mahimapat Ray – Deputy Commissioner, Bokaro District
  • Rohit Prasad – Professor, MDI Gurgaon
  • Ruben Dieckhoff – Regional Project Manager, Friedrich Naumann Stiftung für die Freiheit
  • R. Sukumar (Chair-cum-Moderator) – Editor, Mint

* Did not attend final panel


Stien Auditorium, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi – 110003 (

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