Ramesh Srinivasan

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Ramesh Srinivasan (born 1976) studies the relationship between technology, politics and society. Ramesh Srinivasan has been a faculty member at UCLA since 2005 in the Information Studies and Design Media Arts departments, as well as the founder of the UC-wide Digital Cultures Lab. He has traveled to 70 countries and worked in 30 studying the relationships between new (Internet, social media, and AI) technologies and political, economic, and social life. Srinivasan has published over 70 academic papers and received 3 peer-reviewed major grants from the National Science Foundation, along with many other prestigious awards and grants. He has worked with governments, businesses, activists, and civil society organizations to advise on technological futures. He also served as a national surrogate for Senator Bernie Sanders’ 2020 presidential campaign and as an Innovation policy committee member for President Biden.

Srinivasan’s most recent book, Beyond the Valley (MIT press), is the press’s top selling book, and illustrates potential for a digital world of the future that supports businesses alongside the interests of workers, citizens, cultural diversity, and social justice. The book was named a top ten book in Tech by Forbes and has been covered by dozens of mainstream and progressive media networks. Other books he has authored include: “Whose Global Village? Rethinking How Technology Impacts Our World” with NYU Press, and “After the Internet” (with Adam Fish) on Polity Press. Srinivasan is a regular speaker for TED Talks, and has made routine media appearances on MSNBC, NPR, Al Jazeera, Democracy Now!, CBS, The Young Turks, AtlanticLive, and the Economist. He has written op-eds or contributed to work featured in dozens of major newspapers and magazines, including the New York Times, the Guardian, Wired, Al Jazeera English, WNYC, Salon, the Washington Post, Foreign Policy, the LA Times, FAZ (Germany), The Financial Times, the World Economic Forum, CNN, Folda Sao Paolo (Brazil), The Washington Post, BBC News, Forbes, The Huffington Post, Christian Science Monitor, National Geographic, Quartz, CBC, the Economist, and more.

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.[1] 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 routine media appearances on NPR, Al Jazeera, The Young Turks, MSNBC, and Public Radio International.[2][3]

Other projects that Srinivasan has worked on look at how new media technologies impact political revolutions, economic development and poverty reduction, and the future of cultural heritage. He has worked with bloggers who overthrew the recent authoritarian Kyrgyz regime,[4][5][6] non-literate tribal populations in India to study how literacy emerges through uses of technology,[7] and traditional Native American communities to study how non-Western understandings of the world can introduce new ways of looking at cultural heritage and the future of the internet and networked technologies.[8][9][10] His work has impacted contemporary understandings of media studies, anthropology and sociology, design, and economic and political development studies.[11]

He is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the American Anthropological Association, and a member of the editorial boards of several academic journals, including Science, Technology, & Human Values, International Journal of E-Politics, and Information Technologies and International Development. He has worked with governments, businesses, activists, and civil society organizations to advise on technological futures.


  1. ^ "Ramesh Srinivasan | UCLA GSEIS". gseis.ucla.edu. Archived from the original on 2016-01-19. Retrieved 2016-01-08.
  2. ^ MSNBC (2017-03-13), How President Donald Trump's Team Uses Social Media To Impact The Public | Morning Joe | MSNBC, retrieved 2017-04-28
  3. ^ The Young Turks (2017-04-08), Data, Trump, and Our World - Conversation with Ramesh Srinivasan, retrieved 2017-04-28
  4. ^ Srinivasan, Ramesh; Fish, Adam (2009). "Internet Authorship: Social and Political Implications within Kyrgyzstan". Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication. 14 (3): 559–580. doi:10.1111/j.1083-6101.2009.01453.x.
  5. ^ Srinivasan, Ramesh. (2010) "The Mail: A letter in response to Malcolm Gladwell's article" The New Yorker, 25 October 2010.
  6. ^ Srinivasan, Ramesh. (2011) "The Net Worth of Open Networks" The Huffington Post, 15 February 2011.
  7. ^ Srinivasan, Ramesh. "Reflective Media and Policy in Developing Nations" Archived 2011-03-08 at the Wayback Machine (blog post)
  8. ^ Srinivasan, Ramesh. (2007). “Ethnomethodological Architectures: The Convergence Between an Information System and the Cultural Landscape.” Journal of the American Society of Information Science and Technology. 58(5): 723-733
  9. ^ Srinivasan, Ramesh. (2006). “Indigenous, Ethnic, and Cultural Articulations of New Media." International Journal of Cultural Studies 9(4): 497-518.
  10. ^ Srinivasan, Ramesh, Katherine M. Becvar, Robin Boast, and Jim Enote. (2010). "Diverse knowledges and contact zones within the digital museum." Science, Technology, and Human Values 35(5): 735-768
  11. ^ Merl, Christina. (2007) "A challenging view on the future of global knowledge sharing. Archived 2011-07-06 at the Wayback Machine Rural Development News 1:13-16.

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