Manisha Ganguly wins a UK 100 Women in Tech Award
CAMRI Doctoral Researcher Manisha Ganguly has been announced as a winner of the UK 100 Women in Tech Awards. Manisha has been recognised for her work as a multi award-winning independent conflict journalist & filmmaker using open-source techniques to investigate human rights abuses under conditions of war.
She was the lead OSINT producer for the BBC World Service’s Emmy-winning Arabic Documentaries teams since its inception, and has previously worked for BBC Newsnight, CNN International, the Telegraph, and others.
She prides herself on combining traditional methods of investigative reporting with open-source intelligence to document violations and civilian harm in conflict, and track down hard-to-find sources. Her primary areas of interest are international humanitarian law, and the impact of technology on human rights.
At 25, Manisha was named a Forbes Under 30 media innovator (2021), for her impactful journalism.
In 2018, Manisha was granted funding by the Communication and Media Research Institute at the University of Westminster to pursue a PhD. Her PhD explores the impact automation, OSINT and AI has had on investigative journalism, through a political economy lens that documents how the gig economy and digital labour has impacted the mental health of OSINT journalists, especially the prevalence of PTSD through vicarious trauma.
Well done to more of our incredible #TechWomen100 2021 winners, including @annahlpdonovan from @ucl, Eleanor Weaver from @LuminanceTech, @manisha_bot from @bbcworldservice, Ifeoma Uzoegwu from @bt_uk, & Mollie Chard from @Capgemini! pic.twitter.com/tA0djtGbQo
— WeAreTechWomen (@WATC_WeAreTech) November 15, 2021
The TechWomen100 awards are the first of their kind to focus solely on the female tech talent pipeline and to also recognise the impact of champions, companies and networks that are leading the way for future generations of tech talent. Highlighting the achievements of these women is part of WeAreTechWomen’s campaign to shine a spotlight on 1,000 future female leaders in technology by 2025.
The awards showcase remarkable women within the technology and STEM sector, including Hana Bird, a Spacecraft Operations Engineer for In-Space Missions, who worked on their first mission, Faraday Phoenix; Alice Hendy, who founded the app, R;pple Suicide Prevention, after the tragic loss of her brother, Josh, in 2020; Priyanka Mittal, who led the Cloud-based architecture of two national programmes at NHS Digital, which have been the backbone of the government’s response to COVID-19; Esther Akpovi, also known as the Gen Z Cheerleader, who is an award-winning Youth and Education activist; and Manisha Ganguly, who is a multi-award-winning independent conflict journalist & filmmaker using open-source techniques to investigate human rights abuses under conditions of war.
The awards also recognise Champions, Networks and Companies, who are all actively supporting the progression of women in tech and STEM. The TechWomen100 awards also celebrate women in tech from outside the UK, in the Global Award for Achievement category.