Maya is Director of Applied Research at Tactical Technology Collective, and a DPhil candidate at Leuphana University. She has two Masters degrees and extensive professional experience working with communities and civil society as a researcher-practitioner on issues around technology in activism and human rights defense, with a focus on gender and technology. She has worked with women’s rights organisations and with feminist activist movements since 1996.
WRITING & PUBLICATIONS
2016. With Stephanie Hankey and Marek Tuszynski, The White Room, in Nervous Sytems by Anselm Franke, Stephanie Hankey and Marek Tuszynski (eds). Spector Books. More here.
2016. With Stephanie Hankey. From ‘information activism’ to the ‘politics of data’.
in Fibrecultures. Entanglements: Activism and Technology. Issue 24.
2015. With Jeff Deutch. Being LGBTQ online and offline in Kenya. GISWatch Sexual Rights and the Internet. Accessible here.
2015. With Gabi Sobliye. The challenges of communicating gender in Tauke, Smith & Davis (Eds) Diversity and Design: Understanding Hidden Consequences. Routledge.
2014. Love, War and the Vishakha Judgment. The Ladies Finger. Accessible online.
2013. With Stephanie Hankey, Marek Tuszynski and Tom Longley Visualising Information for Advocacy. Tactical Technology Collective, 2013. Accessible online here.
2011. Pulp Frictions in Law Like Love: Queer Perspectives on the Law Arvind Narrain & Alok Gupta (Eds). Yoda, 2011. New Delhi
2011. With Manjima Bhattacharjya. Negotiating intimacy and harm: female internet users in Mumbai, India in Erotics: Sex, rights and the internet. Association for Progressive Communications. 2011. Accessible here.
2011. Mobile love videos make me feel healthy: Rethinking ICTs in Development. IDS Working Paper 352, Brighton: IDS. 2011. Accessible here.
2010. Anatomy of a Suicide, in Nine Degrees of Justice, Bishakha Datta (Ed). Zubaan. New Delhi.
2009. Deepanjali Majhi in Sarpanch Sahiba, Manjima Bhattacharjya (Ed) and The Hunger Project. Harper Collins. New Delhi
2007. Defending the Unquiet Mind. Available at SSRN:
2007. Behind Every Happy Middle Class Family is a Caring Domestic Worker. Available at SSRN:
September 2014-present. Tactical Technology Collective
Director -Applied Research, Berlin
Work can be viewed at the Applied Research projects page on the Tactical Tech website and on the Visualising Information for Advocacy blog.
January 2010 – August 2014. Tactical Technology Collective.
Bombay, Bangalore, Berlin
Evidence & Influence Micromagazine from the 2013 Info Activism Camp
Visualising Information for Advocacy: the book.
-‘Sex Worker Voices’, a project on using digital documentation of violence against sex workers in evidence-based information advocacy. A recent article describing this project can be viewed here;
– Visualising Women’s Rights in the Middle East, a project on building capacity with women’s rights organisations in the Middle East to use visual information techniques for advocacy
December 2008 – July 2010. Consultant. Association for Progressive Communications, Women’s Networking Support Program. Lead researcher & consultant Exploratory Research on the Internet & Sexuality (EroTICs) India country research here
January 2008 – February 2009.Point of View, Mumbai.
November 2003- May 2006. Consultant. UNICEF India, HIV/AIDS Section, Maharashtra Field Office, Mumbai.
June 1999- May 2002. IFSHA, New Delhi.
May 1996-April 1999. Sakshi, New Delhi
2015 – (ongoing) D. Phil. in Knowledge and Media: ‘A crisis of ethics: towards a new conceptual framework for the development of ethics in autonomous vehicles’. Universität Leuphana, Lüneburg, Germany.
2007. MA Media & Cultural Studies, University of Sussex, Brighton, United Kingdom.
1997. MA Applied Psychology, Delhi University -South Campus, New Delhi, India.
1995. BA Psychology, Women’s Christian College, University of Madras, Chennai, India.
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