A few months ago, I tweeted asking for syllabi or a reading list on digital rights — essentially, anything as it pertained to the rights of humans in a new, elusive arena. The tweet came from a need and an interest on my part to dive deeper into advocacy work…


In a pre-pandemic world, I loved reading the New York Times’ travel section. While in graduate school and during a time when travel seemed theoretically within reach but financially out of my grasp, flipping through photo-essays was one way I could escape. Profiles of places in India always humbled me…


The very features that were lauded as part of Web 2.0 are now cause for concern on today’s Internet

One part of Web 2.0 was harnessing collective intelligence, a principle that encapsulated different aspects like informed search, hyperlinking, and other features which can be summed up to say that users…


Instead of focusing on big data, let’s regulate why campaigns want it and how they use it

Written for “Technology, National Security & The Citizen” coursework at Columbia University for Alexis Wichowski, 2018

“I love data” platitudes have become mainstays at almost any campaigner’s office. Having worked on a dozen…


The 2018 midterm election saw a record increase in youth turnout. But will they come out again in 2020 to produce the Presidential blue wave?

(This story was written for a class entitled Narrative Journalism at Columbia University)

New York, NY — On November 6, 2018, on Election Day, I…


This was going to be a list of the books that I have read over the course of my life that have, for one reason or another, stayed with me. Midway through, I decided to expand it to include forms of writing that weren’t solely books. …


I’ve never considered myself a particularly optimistic person. Having grown up reading Camus, Golding, and Plath, I matured, naturally, believing in the absolute worst that humanity had to offer. …


As I was scrolling Twitter a few weeks ago, I chanced upon @kylebaptista’s tweet. Having just read a piece on Curbed, on 50 Small Ways to Make NYC a Better Place, he tweeted that he loved it. …


One thing I learned from studying history is that the idea of a coherent or static “national identity” does not really exist. Although invoked regularly by politicians, our favourite athletes, and our patriotic parents, the concept of national identity as something that characterizes a country and informs the actions of…


I have a complicated relationship with Bombay. My first memory of the city is of a barber shop in Versova, teary-eyed, while my grandmother instructs the barber to cut off all my hair. My next few memories of Bombay are hazy. Drinking juice and eating chaat at Elco market while…

Aliya Bhatia

Torontonian from Bombay in Brooklyn. Digital rights, immigration, and the Census. Read me on aunties: https://medium.com/@digitaljusticelab/not-like-the-aunties

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