Gorla Praveen

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Organization: Asian Institute of Technology, SWECHA, TKAP
Affiliation: Asian Institute of Technology
Region: Asia
Country: India
Email: gorlapraveen[at]gmail.com
Blog: https://gorlapraveen.gitlab.io
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Gorla Praveen is a member of Swecha FSMI (Free Software Moment of India) and a youth fellow member at the Asia Pacific regional Internet Governance Forum. He is also the co-founder and co-worker of a startup company. He is currently pursuing his Master's in Telecommunications. His interest includes Free and Open Source Software, Open Data, Open Hardware, Open access, Open education, Privacy, Research, Entrepreneurship, Human rights and Internet rights.

Career History

Gorla Praveen is a member of Swecha FSMI and core team lead of JNTU GLUG, a local initiative of GNU/Linux user community. He is the co-founding member of TKAP and KshetrAloka startups which are primarily based on the Internet of Things (IoT) for automation of the farming sector in India. He acted as Chief editor for SU Research Magazine during his masters and also as an organizer for Global Wireless Summit (GWS) 2015 held in Hyderabad, India on behalf of Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University Hyderabad, India.

Activities, interest and issues on the Internet and its Governance

Gorla Praveen is a fellow member of Asia Pacific Regional Governance Forum (APrIGF) 2017- Youth Internet Governance Forum (yIGF) and member of Free Software Movement of India. As a Hacktivist of SWECHA and a FOSS community member, he has been involved in developing and implementing Free and Open source software with inspiration from Richard stallmen who was behind the development of GNU/Linux and its applications for the open world. His first involvement in the Internet and protecting its virtues for the community started in supporting Net Neutrality where the Indian Government thought of implementing differential pricing which is against Net Neutrality.

He is also an admin member of Openaccessbutton.org for making research more accessible for the community, as everyone has the right to access information of their own choice.

As a fellow at youth Internet Governance Forum (yIGF) - Asian Pacific regional Internet Governance Forum (APrIGF) 2017, he has proposed and supported the following Internet rights.

“ Privacy should not raise as right to fight for it, it has to be taken for granted and no one has right to authenticate it except you[Individual].”

"We want our Democracy of living. As a Civil citizen, I am More concerned about my basic Internet rights such as Net Neutrality, Individuality and privacy and no one has right to harm it, Including the governments as far as till I indulge others' freedom."

“ Net Neutrality makes Internet free and open, in which it enables everyone to access and share information of their own choice. So, Net Neutrality is not negotiable, indeed it is needed for everything from education to economic opportunities and from entertainment to raise agitations for basic rights.”

"Policies are to be framed in such a way to support open access across the academic institutions in order to drive scientific and technological invention. One such effort is to encourage authors and publishers to voluntarily release their publications under Open access."

"Internet is not something which is created by a single entity, it’s a wish, work and infrastructural development of every stakeholder, but unfortunately most of the Internet infrastructure is owned by private corporations rather than the civil society. The majority of Internet infrastructure is copyrighted. So it’s the responsibility of governing bodies to make the basic infrastructure which builds the Internet under the Open access and accessible to the public."


He is currently pursuing his Masters in Telecommunication at Asian Institute of Technology and he has completed his Bachelor of Technology in Electronics & Communication Engineering at Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University Hyderabad - College of Engineering Hyderabad, India.

Nominations and Awards

He has won the Best Entrepreneurial Idea award in the 2nd International Workshop on Innovation and Entrepreneurship.