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Supporting social change through use of Technology

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Sunil Abraham is the Executive Director of Bangalore based research organisation, the Centre for Internet and Society. He is providing web services and products that are affordable and effective for the Indian voluntary sector. He founded Mahiti in 1998, a company committed to creating high impact technology and communications solutions.

Mahiti offers new and practical tools to bridge the growing digital divide that has often excluded the average Indian citizen organization from the use of expensive patented programs. Today, Mahiti employs more than 50 engineers and has recruited volunteers ranging from a top consultant to ordinary web professionals. Some of their work includes email service in Indian languages for citizen organisations, eSpeak software for visually impaired, social MIS for farmers, National Disaster Management system of Bangladesh and a portal for micro entrepreneurs.

Sunil operates within a framework that includes both the citizen and the technology sectors and strengthens links between them. First, he concentrates on providing Internet access and innovative web-products geared towards the Indian voluntary sector, followed by training and knowledge sharing for effective Internet usage.

Sunil was elected an Ashoka fellow in 1999 to 'explore the democratic potential of the Internet' and was also granted a Sarai FLOSS fellowship in 2003. Between June 2004 and June 2007, Sunil also managed the International Open Source Network, a project of United Nations Development Programme's Asia-Pacific Development Information Programme serving 42 countries in the Asia-Pacific region.

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