Anivar A. Aravind is a Senior Program/Project Management professional based in Bangalore with 10+ year Industry experience. He is a well known Free Software/Culture Evangelist in South Asia with a 14 year active involvement record. Anivar has a long track record of initiating, sustaining and running various Technical, Policy and Developer platforms and mobilizing people support and participation in such initiatives. Anivar has significant expertise on ICT public policy, Internet Governance, Open standards, Language technology, FOSS Licensing, Accessibility, and coordinating remote and scattered teams. He has substantial experience in mentoring many free and open source software projects and start-ups in social technology space to find their feet, assisting in various capacities from part- time adviser to chief technologist. As a social entrepreneur and activist working in the field of ICT4D for the last 10 years, he has extensive experience working with many small and large organizations at the local, regional, national and international levels. He contributed to the launch and maintenance of many thematic and regional networks and his activism has always focused on bridging the awareness gap between digital rights activism and general public in India.

Anivar A Aravind. Photo credit: Joshina K K

Anivar A Aravind

    • Upcoming Speeches, Talks and Appearances

    • Talk on “Fueling and defending free and Open Internet- contribution pathways with Mozilla” – ICEFOSS 16 , FISAT, Ernakulam, August 19, 2016
    • Participating in Mozilla India Meetup 2016- August 26-28,2016 Pune
    • I will be delivering a series of talks in Germany between September last week and October middle. The schedule as of now is as follows
      29th September – Talk in Frankfurt
      30th Sept to -2nd October- Talk and conference in Cologne
      5th October – Talk in Berlin
      7th October – Talk in Hamburg
      I will share more details on this soon. I like to meet more technology/hacker/foss/activist groups If you are interested in arranging another talk/meet up write to me.
    • Joining in ICANN57 Hyderabad, India from Nov 3 -9, 2016 under their fellowship program
    • I will be delivering a talk at FOSSASIA OpenTECH Summit 16 , March 18th – 20th 2016 in Singapore Science Centre.

    • Executive Director at Indic Project: Indic project is the newly formed Policy, Standards, development and marketing arm of Swathanthra Malayalam Computing to popularize and build FOSS based Indian language technology solutions for majority of India which does not speak English. As its initator, i am now setting up this as an institution.
    • Consultant, Internews’ Internet Freedom Expert Register
    • Owner- Policy and Advocacy Task Force, Mozilla India: I am leading Policy and Advocacy efforts of Mozilla India’s community task force which engages with Government and institutional policies related to the Internet, open source software, open standards, privacy, security, etc. and build campaigns to spread awareness on Internet related policy issues to Mozilla contributors and general public. The Task force also works on building and running an education program surrounding Internet related policy & advocacy issues and increasing awareness.
    • Governing Board Member: Swathanthra Malayalam Computing: I am past secretary, and co-founder this organization, which works on Language computing technology building and localization for Indian languages. with a special emphasis on Malayalam language

    • Rep, Mozilla Foundation
    • Member, The Document Foundation
    • Member, Python Software Foundation
    • Member, Noncommercial Users Constituency (NCUC), ICANN (2009 -onwards)
    • Governing Board Member: Swathanthra Malayalam Computing (2010-present)
    • Governing Board Member: ViBGYOR Film Collective (2007-2014)
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    • Advisory Board Member: Software Freedomn Law Centre, India (SFLC.IN) (2016)