Wikimedia Foundation, beginning from September 1, 2012,
awarded the Centre for Internet & Society (CIS) a two-year grant of INR
26,000,000 to support and develop free knowledge in India. Consequently,
Wikimedia Foundation's India Program became the Access to Knowledge
(A2K) program  of CIS. In the first issue of our newsletter for 2013,
we are glad to introduce you to our new programme director, Vishnu
Vardhan, provide you an update of the Access to Knowledge (September to
December 2012) Report, the Indic Languages Wikipedia Statistical Report
2012 and reports of the events organised in Goa in the month of December
2012. Archives of our newsletters are here .
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# CIS Office in Delhi
* The A2K team 
consists of four members: T. Vishnu Vardhan , Nitika Tandon ,
Subhashish Panigrahi  and Noopur Raval .
# New Project Director
for Wikipedia Project
* T. Vishnu Vardhan  is the new Programme
Director-Access to Knowledge at CIS. Vishnu has over the last 11 years
worked in various capacities as researcher, grant manager, teacher,
project consultant, information architect and translator. Vishnu managed
the Art, Crafts and Culture  portfolio of Sir Ratan Tata Trust 
and also worked as Research Coordinator at the Centre for the Study of
Culture and Society  in Bangalore.
# Distinguished Fellow
Tejaswini Niranjana , a Senior Fellow at the Centre for the Study of
Culture and Society (CSCS), Bangalore, and Visiting Professor at Tata
Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai is joining our team as an
Adviser to the 'Access to Knowledge' programme. She will guide the A2K
team in expanding the Indian language Wikipedias and in increasing the
number of active editors through strategic partnerships with Higher
Education institutions across India.
# Events Organised by CIS:
The events in Goa were organized in the month of December 2012. However,
reports were published the following month.
* Two-day Wiki Workshop
in Goa University: An Introduction  (by Nitika Tandon, January 15,
* Wikipedia in St. Xavier's College, Mapusa, Goa  (by
Nitika Tandon, January 19, 2013).
* Promoting GLAM in Goa  (by
Nitika Tandon, January 24, 2013).
* Konkani in Wikipedia Incubator --
Taking it to the Next Level  (by Nitika Tandon, January 25, 2013).
* A Wiki Workshop at Raj Kumar Goel Institute of Technology, Ghaziabad
 (RKGIT, Ghaziabad, January 17, 2013).
* Odia Education Program
 (Indian Institute of Mass Communication, Dhenkanal, Orissa, January
* Odia Wikipedia 9th Anniversary Celebration  (Academy
of Media Learning, Samantha Vihar, Bhubaneswar, Orissa, January 29,
* Bringing Konkani Encyclopedia in Public Domain
 (by Nitika Tandon, January 22, 2013).
# Event Participated
Celebrating the success of Wikipedia in Wikipedia Summit Pune 2013 
(organized by Wikipedia Club, Pune, January 12 - 13, 2013).
* First Odia Wikipedia Education Program concludes at IIMC,
Dhenkanal  (Odisha Diary Bureau, Dhenkanal, January 27, 2013).
Odia Wikipedia's 9th Anniversary and Workshop on Application of Odia in
Media  (Sambad, January 30, 2013).
*About CIS *
registered as a society in Bangalore in 2008. As an independent,
non-profit research organisation, it runs different policy research
programmes such as Accessibility, Access to Knowledge, Openness,
Internet Governance, and Telecom. The policy research programmes have
resulted in outputs such as the e-Accessibility Policy Handbook for
Persons with Disabilities  with ITU and G3ict, and Digital
Alternatives with a Cause? , Thinkathon Position Papers  and the
Digital Natives with a Cause? Report  with Hivos, etc. We have
conducted policy research for the Ministry of Communications &
Information Technology, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Ministry
of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Ministry of Social Justice
and Empowerment, etc., on WIPO Treaties , Copyright Bill , NIA
Bill , etc.
CIS is accredited as an observer at WIPO. CIS staff
participates in the Standing Committee for Copyright and Related Rights
(SCCR) meetings regularly held in Geneva, and participate in the
discussions and comments on them from a public interest perspective. Our
Policy Director, Nirmita Narasimhan won the National Award for
Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities  from the Government of
India and also received the NIVH Excellence Award .
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_CIS is grateful to its donors, Wikimedia
Foundation, Ford Foundation, Privacy International, UK, Hans Foundation
and the Kusuma Trust which was founded by Anurag Dikshit and Soma
Pujari, philanthropists of Indian origin, for its core funding and
support for most of its projects._