Lawyer; co-executive director of REAL ML

Vidushi Marda

Vidushi Marda, a Data & Society advisor, is an independent lawyer working on technology regulation, asymmetric power relations, and fundamental rights to advance social justice. She is the co-executive director of REAL ML, a nonprofit organization that translates algorithmic accountability research into impactful interventions that benefit the public interest. Marda’s work engages with technical, legal, academic and advocacy communities. She has produced pioneering research on machine learning, particularly in non-Western jurisdictions including India, China, and Myanmar. She has been involved in advocacy efforts at the EU level related to the EU AI Act, and is a regular contributor to United Nations resolutions on privacy, freedom of expression, and digital technologies. She also actively engages with technical communities at standardization bodies like the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and research venues including the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). Marda’s work has been cited by the Supreme Court of India in a historic ruling on the right to privacy, by the United Kingdom House of Lords Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence, and by multiple United Nations special rapporteurs.