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Chinmayi Arun is Research Director of the Centre for Communication Governance, and an Assistant Professor of Law at National Law University, Delhi (NLU Delhi). She teaches specialised courses on Internet Governance, privacy and media policy, and works with media regulation and Internet governance, particularly in the context of the rights to free speech and privacy.

Chinmayi is a member of the Multi-Stakeholder Advisory Group formed by the Government of India for the India Internet Governance Forum, and has worked as a consultant with the Law Commission of India. She is one of the international experts associated with Columbia University's Global Freedom of Expression project, and is a part of the Internet and Jurisdiction Project's academic observatory. She is also on the Board of Directors of the Digital Asia Hub. She is lead author of the India country report for the Global Network of Centres’ research project on online intermediaries, as well as the India reports within the Freedom on the Net report for the years 2014 and 2015. Her academic writing has tended to focus on freedom of expression, intermediary liability and privacy . Chinmayi has studied at the NALSAR University of Law, and London School of Economics and Political Science. At the LSE, she read regulatory theory and new media regulation, and was awarded the Bernard Levin Award for Student Journalism. She has worked with Ernst & Young and AZB & Partners, Mumbai in the past, and has taught at the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences where she introduced courses on regulatory theory and communication regulation.

Projects & Tools

Harmful Speech Online

The Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society is in the third year of a research, policy analysis, and network building effort devoted to the study of harmful speech, in close… More

Digital Asia Hub

The Digital Asia Hub is an independent, non-profit Internet and society research think tank based in Hong Kong. More


Dec 8, 2016

Preliminary Findings on Online Hate Speech and the Law in India

This briefing paper outlines preliminary issues that we noted while conducting a detailed study of hate speech laws in India. It teases out some of the major concerns that arise… More



AI Threats to Civil Liberties and Democracy

Chinmayi Arun of the Centre for Communication Governance at National Law University, Delhi

Chinmayi Arun discusses the challenges unchecked AI development could pose to civil liberties in Asia.

Jan 11, 2017