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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).

SPECIALISED TOPICS

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 

Rethinking engineering

Whiteness in philanthropy

Dismantling progressive white supremacy

Design justice in technology development

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