Sunil Abraham

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Sunil Abraham
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Sunil Abraham
Born (1973-06-17) 17 June 1973 (age 49)
Alma materDayananda Sagar College of Engineering
Occupation(s)Director of Public Policy, Facebook India[1]
Endowed Professor, ArtEZ University of Arts,
Former Executive Director at the Centre for Internet and Society

Sunil Abraham is an Indian technology policy analyst and free software advocate, and the director of public policy at Facebook India.[1] He was formerly an endowed professor at ArtEZ University of Arts[2] and the co-founder and executive director of the Centre for Internet and Society. He is a board member of Open Society Foundations.[3] and an honorary steward at Shuttleworth Foundation.[4] He joined Facebook in October 2020 to lead their Public Policy division in India.[5]


In 1998, Abraham founded Mahiti, a company providing low-cost software services to the voluntary sector,[6] where he continues to serve as a board member.[7] Abraham was elected as an Ashoka Fellow in 1999,[8] and received the Sarai FLOSS Fellowship in 2003.

He managed the United Nations' International Open Source Network from 2004 to 2007.[9][6] In 2008, he co-founded the Centre for Internet and Society, a non-profit research organisation based in India.[6][7]


Abraham has spoken in favour of greater online free speech,[10][11] digital privacy, and net neutrality.,[12] He has criticized some of the aspects of Aadhaar,[13] the biometric-based unique identity system of India. He was an early proponent for a data protection law for India.[14]


  • Digital Natives with a Cause?: A Knowledge Survey and Framework (2009)[15]
  • Open government data study: India (2012)[16]
  • Government access to private-sector data in India (2012)[17]
  • Open standards (2008)[18]


  1. ^ a b Saroha, Aditya (12 October 2020). "Facebook India appoints Sunil Abraham as Public Policy Director". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 12 October 2020.
  2. ^ "CyberPeace Institute - Sunil Abraham". CyberPeace Institute. Retrieved 9 July 2020.
  3. ^ "Sunil Abraham". Open Society Foundations. Retrieved 10 July 2018.
  4. ^ "Sunil Abraham: Honorary steward September 2017".
  5. ^ Abrar, Peerzada (12 October 2020). "FB appoints Sunil Abraham to shape its stance on tech policy in India". Business Standard India. Retrieved 12 October 2020.
  6. ^ a b c Sen, Anirban (9 August 2014). "Sunil Abraham | The online warrior". Mint. Retrieved 10 July 2018.
  7. ^ a b "CIS Team - The Centre for Internet and Society".
  8. ^ "Sunil Abraham". Ashoka | Everyone a Changemaker (in Greek).
  9. ^ "Congreso Mundial 2015 De Consumers International". (in Spanish). Retrieved 10 July 2018.
  10. ^ Bajaj, Vikas (27 April 2011). "India Puts a Tight Leash on Internet Free Speech". Retrieved 11 July 2018.
  11. ^ "India and Pakistan in cyber war". Al Jazeera. No. 4 December 2010. Retrieved 11 July 2018.
  12. ^ Mishra, Pankaj (6 July 2018). "Outliers 62: "CIS is like the Kamasutra... a collection of many positions," says Sunil Abraham | FactorDaily". FactorDaily. Retrieved 11 July 2018.
  13. ^ Abraham, Sunil (9 January 2018). "Fixing Aadhaar: Security developers' task is to trim chances of data breach". Business Standard India. Retrieved 11 July 2018.
  14. ^ Thakur, Arnika (22 May 2018). "The law tries to catch up with tech". Retrieved 11 July 2018.
  15. ^ Nishant Shah; Sunil Abraham (2009). Digital Natives with a Cause?: A Knowledge Survey and Framework. Humanist institute for cooperation with developing countries (Hivos).
  16. ^ Wright, Glover; Abraham, Sunil; Shah, Nishant (1 June 2012). "Open Government Data Study: India". Social Science Research Network. SSRN 2071605. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  17. ^ Abraham, Sunil; Hickok, Elonnai (19 October 2017). "Systematic Government Access to Private-Sector Data in India". Oxford Scholarship Online. doi:10.1093/oso/9780190685515.003.0012.
  18. ^ Abraham, Sunil. "Open standards | Global Information Society Watch". Retrieved 11 July 2018.