Jhalak M. Kakkar is currently Programme Manager for the Technology and Society team at the Centre for Communication Governance (CCG), National Law School, Delhi, India. She works across pressing information law and policy issues such as data governance, privacy, platform regulation, governance of artificial intelligence, misinformation, and surveillance, and manages the programmatic work of the Technology and Society team. Prior to this role, she was a Visiting Researcher at Harvard Law School (HLS) focused on the governance of artificial intelligence, mass surveillance and facial recognition, and the regulation of fintech and blockchain. She has also served as an Editor on the Harvard Journal for Law and Technology. Additionally, she was part of the founding Board of the HLS Blockchain and Fintech Initiative and has since been an advisor to the Board.
Jhalak began her career at PRS Legislative Research, New Delhi, India, and spent six years at PRS working across various roles to provide non-partisan analysis to Indian federal and state legislators on policy, budgets and legislation. She led PRS’ engagement with Members of Parliament and provided them with analytical input and briefings on a cross-section of legislative and policy issues. Before this role, she was an analyst with the research team at PRS tracking legislation, budgets and policy on science, technology, strategic affairs, and natural resources.
Jhalak has graduated with an LLM from Harvard Law School, Cambridge, USA on a Fulbright-Nehru Masters Fellowship. She has a five-year integrated social science and law degree from the National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata, India.