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Digital Inclusion; Connectivity; ICT ecosystems; Infrastructures for the bottom billion; Frugal Innovation; Computer Laboratory; School of Technology

Dr Arjuna Sathiaseelan is a Senior Research Associate and the Research Group Leader of the Networking for Development (N4D Lab) at the Computer Laboratory and a member of the Center for Science and Policy (CSaP). He is also the Chair of IRTF Global Access to the Internet for All (GAIA) research group; a member of the Internet Research Steering Group (IRSG), member of the Access Advisory Panel of the United Nations Foundation's $75 million Digital Impact Alliance. Arjuna is in the advisory boards of Ubuntu Power and of Ensemble Pour La Difference – both focused on providing connectivity solutions to African communities

Arjuna’s research activities are centered around shaping the Future Internet agenda to include technologies that would allow the Internet to be universally accessible.

More specifically, the research activities, which can impact the lives of the world’s poorest 3 billion people, are focussed on measurement based studies to understand the nature of the challenges for wider digital inclusion, building and deploying low cost and resilient access and service infrastructures, and finally utilising the data (both technical and socio-economic) that is gathered through these deployments to shape a networked systems research agenda for wider digital inclusion.

Arjuna’s motivation to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals through the participation in the Global Challenges Forum stems out of the need to satiate his social responsibility and most importantly his inner aspirations to serve the people with whom he has learnt over the years. As a researcher and given his awareness of the political, regulatory, geographical, and socio-economical challenges that hinder Internet connectivity, Arjuna feels the need to take forward his research to enable these under-served people to be connected and get access to essential services that could change their lives.


Cambridge Global Challenges is a Strategic Research Initiative of the University of Cambridge that aims to enhance the contribution of its research towards addressing global challenges and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.

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