Dhakshayini is a globally recognised expert on AI, surveillance and digital rights. They are a PhD candidate at the ANU School of Regulation and Global Governance, and former Director of Tech Policy at Reset Australia. They are a leading advocate on tech regulation, particularly with regard to disinformation and data protection, and a member of two UN Expert Groups on Race, Tech and Borders. Dhakshayini’s PhD explores acts of resistance to digital surveillance in India. They are regularly featured in the media in radio interviews (e.g. ABC RN), opinion pieces (e.g. Al Jazeera), and podcasts (e.g. Tech Won’t Save Us).
Dhakshayini is a recovering civil engineer who has founded and led several non-profit organisations and projects focused on communities of colour in Australia and around the world. Their career spans a range of social justice issues, including migration (as Director of Human Rights at the ACCR where they co-founded a global initiative focused on tech and border policing), climate change (with the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction in Fiji), and youth leadership in policy development (as the Founder/Director of YLab). Dhakshayini is a Tamil migrant whose ancestral homelands are in the north and east of Illankai (known as Sri Lanka).
What Artificial Intelligence means for inequality
Race, technology and border policing
Digital surveillance in our social welfare system
Resisting carceral technology
How we can fight online disinformation
Corporate campaigning 101
The history of science, technology and colonialism
Whiteness in philanthropy
Dismantling progressive white supremacy
Design justice in technology development