Ramesh Srinivasan - Whose Global Village? at the Harvard COOP

Friday, September 8, 2017 7:00pm - 8:30pm
In the book, Srinivasan makes a passionate case for programmers and software developers to do a better job representing diverse cultural and political perspectives on social media and search systems, so as to support a richer understanding of different communities around the world. Srinivasan shares stories of collaboration with Native Americans in California and New Mexico, revolutionaries in Egypt during the Arab Spring, and villages in rural India.



Ramesh Srinivasan studies the relationship between technology, politics, culture, and societies across the world. He has been a faculty member at UCLA since 2005 in the Information Studies and Design|Media Arts departments. He is the founder of the UC-wide Digital Cultures Lab, exploring the meaning of technology worldwide as it spreads to the far reaches of our world. He is also the author of the book “Whose Global Village? Rethinking How Technology Impacts Our World” with NYU Press, and "After the Internet" (forthcoming) with Polity Press.

Srinivasan earned his Ph.D. in design studies at Harvard; his master’s degree in media arts and science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and his bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering at Stanford. He has served fellowships in MIT’s Media Laboratory in Cambridge and the MIT Media Lab Asia. He has also been a teaching fellow at the Graduate School of Design and Department of Visual and Environmental Design at Harvard.

Srinivasan is a regular speaker for TEDx Talks, and makes regular media appearances on NPR, Al Jazeera, “The Young Turks,” and Public Radio International. His writings have been widely published by Al Jazeera English, The Washington Post, and The Huffington Post.
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