Bedavyasa Mohanty

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Bedavyasa is a Junior Fellow with Observer Research Foundations’ Cyber Initiative. A lawyer by training, he is interested in the jurisprudence of privacy law and the evolution of the internet. At ORF Cyber, his work focuses on cyber security and internet governance. He has previously written on the Constitutionality of surveillance law in India and antitrust perspectives on net neutrality. His work has appeared in The Wire and Economic Times.

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Cyber (In)security in India

In the week leading up to the India’s 67th Republic Day on January 26, 2016, the National Investigation Agency apprehended 14 Islamic State “sympathisers” who had planned to carry out coordinated attacks. Although the men were arrested from six cities in different parts of the country, a common thread emerged: a single handler had been coordinating their activities over Whatsapp.