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Articles by Hasit Shah

Hasit Shah, a 2014 Nieman-Berkman Fellow, is a former news producer and South Asia specialist for BBC News in London. He is currently based at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society, where he is developing a mobile news platform for new Internet users in India.
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