Digital dissent and people’s power: Ramesh Srinivasan at TEDxSanJoaquin

Published on Nov 9, 2012

Ramesh Srinivasan explains that massive social changes happen when we don’t just think about technology or about culture, but instead how they create bridges between one another.

Ramesh Srinivasan, Associate Professor at UCLA in Design and Media/Information Studies, studies and participates in projects focused on how new media technologies impact political revolutions, economic development and poverty reduction, and the future of cultural heritage. He recently wrote an op/ed at the Washington Post explaining the complex nature of social media in revolutions and riots, such as those in Egypt and in London, and also a column for the Post’s Sunday Outlook section on the 5 Myths of Social Media. He has worked with bloggers, pragmatically studying their strengths and limitations, who were involved in recent revolutions in Egypt and Kyrgyzstan. He has also collaborated with non-literate tribal populations in India to study how literacy emerges through uses of technology, and traditional Native American communities to study how non- Western understandings of the world can introduce new ways of looking at the future of the Internet. He holds an engineering degree from Stanford, a Master’s degree from the MIT Media Lab, and a Doctorate from Harvard University.
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