Ramesh Srinivasan Los Angeles, California
- Professor and Director, UC Digital Cultures Lab, UCLA
- Navigating the intersection of technology, innovation, politics, business, and society.
- Regularly featured in Washington Post, CNN, Forbes, Huffington Post
Dr. Ramesh Srinivasan writes, advises, and speaks about the intersection of technology, innovation, politics, business, and society.
He is a leading voice pointing the way toward a digital world that supports democracy, economic security and business interests. He blends his skills as a leading academic, author, engineer, social scientist, storyteller, policy adviser, and ‘thought leader’, to shine a light on how technology and innovation, from all quarters and countries, will make a balanced world possible, for all.
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 which offers a unique, people-focused analysis of new technologies working across every continent and dozens of countries across the world. This lab examines the means by which new media technologies impact businesses, economics, cultures, politics, labor, and the environment through collaborations with global partners. He explores the future of algorithms, AI, automation, and cryptocurrencies with these themes in mind. He holds degrees from Stanford (B.Sc in Engineering), the MIT Media Laboratory (MSc), and Harvard (PhD)
Ramesh is the author of three books: “Whose Global Village? Rethinking How Technology Impacts Our World” (NYU Press) and “After the Internet” with Adam Fish.
His latest book outlines how the future of the internet still hasn’t been written. In – ‘BEYOND THE VALLEY: How Innovators around the World are Overcoming Inequality and Creating the Technologies of Tomorrow’(2019), he maintains that Tech can be fairer and more democratic, while still serving business interests. If we look beyond the confines of a small slice of Northwest USA, we’ll find people from all over the world creating a new narrative by using ingenious ways to leverage limited resources to join the digital space and how they are reinventing technology to suit their situations.
BEYOND THE VALLEY was named a top ten 2019 book in Tech by Forbes.
Ramesh makes regular appearances on NPR, The Young Turks, MSNBC, BBC, CNN and other major media networks. His articles and interviews have been published by the Washington Post, Wired, The Economist, Quartz, Financial Times, CNN, Forbes, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, among others.
Speaking topics include:
Resilient Networks – Creating Technologies to Protect us all against Future Public Health or Climate Crises
How can we prepare ourselves with privacy-protecting spaces, and digital work and economic provisions in cases of a future global crisis? What are the positives and drawbacks of different economic proposals, such as universal basic income? How do we build digital networks and infrastructures that are able to be robust and resilient so they can support communications and coordination in cases of future global crises?
Technology Innovation and The Future of Work
The Future of the Internet
How will 5G and the Internet of Things will transform business interests, consumer conveniences, while protecting and supporting our privacy, economic security, and democracy?
AI and Bias
Algorithms, AI and bias: how racial, gender, and age biases get baked into technology, i.e. predictive policing, insurance policies
Disinformation/Polarization and Democracy Issues
How tech companies can stem online radicalization
– Regulatory and other approaches toward combatting disinformation
– Protecting journalism in an era of Fake News
Technology, Innovation and The Developing World
-Innovation and ingenuity, being resourceful with limited tools and materials
-How digital technologies can make our nation and world more economically equal, rather than the opposite direction we are heading in today
-How community technology networks can help people counter climate change disasters
The Gig Economy and Automation
-Universal basic income, gig economy, automation, portable benefits, worker reskilling, and the future of the work, workers, and unions
Regulation and Technology
-Why regulation/break-up of tech monopolies is on the agenda
-The ‘Data Bill of Rights’. People have a right to learn what data is being collected on them, how it is being used, and how data is being computed to influence their political, economic, even personal lives
Social Media, Data, Political Campaigns and Elections
-The impact of the internet on political candidacies, elections, protests and movements across the world
-The US election, personal data, and the role of the Internet/social media (analysis of the right and left-wings, the Republican and Democratic strategies alike)
-How the blockchain and digital currencies revolution can support economic growth for businesses, while allaying many concerns around volatility and its role in supporting economic development of all