Anivar A Aravind

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Organization: Swathanthra Malayalam Computing
Affiliation: ALAC
Fellowship Program
Stakeholder Group(s): Civil Society/Non-Governmental
End User
Technical Community
Region: Asia
Country: India


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Anivar A. Aravind is Founder Executive Director of Indic Project, a civic-tech non-profit initiative works on language engineering, technology standards and digital rights of native language users. He is a software engineering executive, mentor and strategist with 12+ years progressive 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. Anivar’s passion is in the intersection of technology, policy and law with from the perspective of human rights & software freedom. He is an advisory board member of Software Freedom Law Centre India.

Career History

Anivar has taken leadership role in free Software and free Knowledge communities of scale like Mozilla, Libreoffice, & Wikipedia. Over the years he helped in building and sustaining FOSS language technology communities like Swathanthra Malayalam Computing(SMC) in India, Initiated successful advocacy efforts on ICT public policy Improvements, and contributed to the launch and maintenance of many thematic and regional networks & conferences. He is a Mozilla Rep and contributing member of Software in Public Interest(SPI), Python Software Foundation(PSF) &The Document Foundation(TDF)

ICANN and Internet Governance Participation

Anivar is engaging with NCUC from 2009 onwards and representing Swathanthra Malayalam Computing (SMC), in APRALO, NCSG & NPOC. He was an ICANN57 Fellow and part of Neo Brahmi IDN Label Generation Panel. 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. He has deep understanding on Internet ecosystem and standardisation process and actively engages with Internet Governance and various digital rights campaigns.


B.Tech in Information Technology from School of Engineering, Cochin University of Science and Technology, Kerala, India

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