Bedavyasa Mohanty

Junior Fellow with ORF's Cyber Initiative

Bedavyasa Mohanty is a Junior Fellow with ORF's Cyber Initiative. A lawyer by training, he is interested in the jurisprudence of privacy law and the constitutionality of the state surveillance. His current research focuses on global internet governance, cyber security and encryption. He has a keen interest in the philosophical justifications for war and the suspension of civil liberties.
Bedavyasa completed his BA LLB (Hons) from the National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata. Previously, he has worked with the Centre for Internet and Society, Bangalore and the Centre for Communication Governance, National Law University, Delhi, and the Central Information Commission, New Delhi.

List of Publications


Bedavyasa Mohanty, Command and CTRL: India’s Place in the Lethal Autonomous Weapons Regime, ORF Issue Brief No 143 (2016).

Bedavyasa Mohanty, Net Neutrality and Antitrust: Options for India, ORF Issue Brief No 99 (2015).

Bedavyasa Mohanty et al,South Asian Perspectives on Net Neutrality, ORF Special Report No 7(2015).


Bedavyasa Mohanty, End-to- end Encryption is Safe, For Now, Digital Frontiers, (ORF) June 29, 2016.

Bedavyasa Mohanty and Samir Saran, Cyber (In)security in India, LAWFARE, February 16, 2016.

Bedavyasa Mohanty, TRAI’s Instincts on Net Neutrality are Right, What’s Missing is the Nuance, THE
WIRE, February 9, 2016.

Bedavyasa Mohanty, ICANN Struggles to Retain its Power as the Internet’s Czar Faces a Coup, THE WIRE, October 10, 2015.

Bedavyasa Mohanty, The World Needs Time to Debate Plan to End US Control of the Internet, THE WIRE, August 22, 2015.

Bedavyasa Mohanty and Anahita Mathai,Is protection of individual privacy more important than the protection of uncensored Internet?, THE ECONOMIC TIMES, September 15, 2015.

Bedavyasa Mohanty and Anahita Mathai, Immoral Hacktivism Could Set Cyber Security Debate Back by Years, THE QUINT, July 25, 2015.

Bedavyasa Mohanty,The Constitutionality of Indian Surveillance Law: Public Emergency as a Condition Precedent for Intercepting Communications, THE CENTRE FOR INTERNET AND SOCIETY, July 4, 2014.

Bedavyasa Mohanty, Models for Surveillance and Interception of Communications Worldwide, THE