Raashi is a social innovation practitioner working on internet governance. She serves as the global project coordinator at Hatebase for The Sentinel Project – a repository of regionalized, multilingual hate speech for use in the prediction of localized violence. She’s also a scientific committee member for Missions Publiques’ We the Internet project.
What can be done?
We must expand digital literacy to make it available to as many people as possible. As COVID-19 amplifies years of inequalities and highlights internet access as a privilege, it is crucial for citizens and youth to make their voices heard on internet governance. When reflecting on how we should bring about this mission, we must also remember that the overarching climate and health crises will have lasting effects on infrastructure, connectivity, and human migration.
With great regional and household disparities in access to the internet in India, transition to online education due to COVID-19 negatively affected a total of 320 million learners.