Maya Indira Ganesh is a tech researcher and writer with a hybrid portfolio of work across cultural organisations, academia and NGOs. She has two Masters degrees; and her ongoing doctoral research at Leuphana University, Germany, investigates the interaction of computational techniques with cultural narratives in the construction of machine autonomy, AI, and the evolving role of the human in this. In May 2019 she became a research associate at the Artificial Intelligence and Media Philosophy research group at the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design (HfG) on a one-year Volkswagen Foundation grant, ‘AI and the Society of the Future’. She works with arts and culture symposia such as the Transmediale Festival, and the Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW), in Berlin. Maya comes to academic research after 15 years as a researcher in the non-profit sector at the intersection of human rights, gender, and technology.
She has worked with Tactical Tech, the Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto, UNICEF India, and the APC Women’s Rights Program during this time. She has written about affective computing; big data and discrimination; gender, feminism and technology; and digital security and privacy in human rights defense.