Mishi Choudhary

Nothing to hide? The Nexus of Politics, Data and Civil Society in China and India
Tuesday | April 24 | 16:00 - 17:30

Mishi Choudhary is a technology lawyer and an online civil liberties activist. The Open magazine calls her an emerging legal guardian of the free and open internet. She is the Managing Partner at New York and Bangalore based Mishi Choudhary & Associates. She also serves as the Legal Director of the New York-based Software Freedom Law Center. At SFLC, Mishi is the primary legal representative of many of the world’s most significant free software developers and non-profit distributors, including Debian, the Apache Software Foundation, and OpenSSL. In 2010, she founded SFLC.in. She served as its President and Executive Director until 2017. Under her direction, SFLC.in has become the premier non-profit organization representing the rights of Internet users and free software developers in India Recently, SFLC.in members were petitioners in the landmark unanimous judgment delivered by the Indian Supreme Court holding Right to privacy as a fundamental right. As of 2015, Mishi is the only lawyer in the world simultaneously to appear on briefs in the US and Indian Supreme Courts in the same Term. She consults with and advises established businesses and startups using free software in their products and service offerings in the US, Europe, India, China and Korea. In 2015 she was named one of the Asia Society’s 21 young leaders building Asia’s future. In 2016 she was inducted into the Aspen Global Leadership Network by the Aspen Institute. She advises Columbia University’s Global Freedom of Expression project. In addition to an LLM, she has an LLB degree and a bachelors degree in political science from the University of Delhi. Mishi is a member of the Bar Council of Delhi, licensed to appear before the Supreme Court of India, all the State High Courts in India, in the State of New York, and before the Southern District of New York.