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Mishi Choudhary, Legal Director-SFLC, New York and Managing Partner, Mishi Choudhary & Associates
Mishi Choudhary is a technology lawyer and an online civil liberties activist. She is the Legal Director of the New York based Software Freedom Law Center. At SFLC, Mishi is the primary legal representative of many of the world's most significant free software developers and non-profit distributors, including Debian and the Apache Software Foundation. She consults with and advises established businesses and startups using Open Source software in their products and service offerings in the US, India, China and Korea.
In 2010, she founded SFLC.in and served as its President and Executive Director until 2017. Under her direction, SFLC.in has become the premier non-profit organization representing the rights of Internet users and free software developers in India. She has played an instrumental part in constitutional proceedings that brought in the landmark Shreya Singhal judgment on online free speech and content moderation. She was part of the SavetheInternet.in that galvanized support of over a million Indian citizens for net neutrality and fought against FreeBasics by Facebook.
As of 2015, Mishi is the only lawyer in the world simultaneously to appear on briefs in the US and Indian Supreme Courts in the same Term. She is an expert associated with Columbia University's Global Freedom of Expression project. In 2015 she was named one of the Asia Society's 21 young leaders building Asia's future. In 2017, she won the Digital Women Award in the "Social Impact" category for her work with SFLC.in. The Open Magazine called her one of the emerging legal guardians of the Free and Open Internet while profiling her in their list of "Open Minds: Soft Power" in 2017. She is a Fellow of Class 6 of the Ananta Aspen Centre's Kamalnayan Bajaj Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
In addition to an LLM from Columbia University, she has an LLB degree and a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Delhi. Mishi is a member of the Bar Council of Delhi, licensed to appear before the Supreme Court of India, all the State High Courts in India, in the State of New York, and before the Southern District of New York.