Alumna Anasuya Sengupta wins OII award for work to diversify Internet voices

19 November, 2018

Anasuya Sengupta, Co-Founder and Co-Director of Whose Knowledge?, has been awarded an Oxford Internet Institute (OII) Internet and Society award in recognition of her innovative use of the Internet as a platform to amplify marginalised voices in the virtual and physical world.

Anasuya was one of the first cohort of students to study for our MPhil in Development Studies, matriculating in 1996.

In 2016, Anasuya co-founded Whose Knowledge, a global campaign to centre the knowledge of marginalised communities (the majority of the world) on the Internet.

3/4 of the online population of the world today comes from the global South – from Asia, from Africa, from Latin America. And nearly half those online are women. Yet most public knowledge online has so far been written by white men from Europe and North America.

To address this, Whose Knowledge works particularly with women, people of colour, LGBTQI communities, indigenous peoples and others from the global South to build and represent more of all of their knowledge online.

The OII awards celebrate individuals and organisations that have made extraordinary contributions to the development, use or study of the Internet for the public good.

The 2018 awards were presented on 16 November.

Find out more, including a full list of the 2018 winners, here.

Find out more about Whose Knowledge here.