Ramesh Srinivasan On Bolivia’s Indigenous Media Revolution (interview w/ Dave Koller)

Published on Nov 16, 2015

Having recently returned from his latest visit to some of the most remote areas of Bolivia, Ramesh Srinivasan, director of the UC Digital Cultures Lab and an Associate Professor in Information Studies at UCLA, joins The Young Turks’ Dave Koller to discuss how cultural diversity can be empowered through technology efforts. Bolivia is such a richly multicultural nation that it can be seen as an interesting example for many of us across the world who are interested in how to support cultural diversity in a world where this is being lost. Srinivasan shares fascinating stories of how Bolivia’s indigenous communities are reinventing traditional media – specifically radio – to spread information across far-flung regions of the country, promote indigenous causes and help organize labor and workers. He provokes us to think about how social media and Internet initiatives can learn from radio.

Also discussed in this wide-ranging interview:
– The emerging and dynamic politics of South America, with an eye toward Bolivia and the pope’s recent visit to the region
– The tensions and paradoxes associated with Bolivian president Evo Morales
– How radio may provide an answer to the angst we feel about the Internet
– Why new media and the Internet have failed to take hold with rural and indigenous communities and how radio can be a teacher in overcoming this.
– How technologies can support indigenous and non-western values and beliefs.
– What those of us in the west can learn from Bolivia’s efforts to promote connectedness.
– The first-hand experience of seeing Bolivians’ reaction to Pope Francis’ recent visit.

Visit the UC Digital Cultures Lab’s website: http://digitalcultures.net

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Watch Ramesh’s interview with Cenk Uygur on Tahrir Square and social media: www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Pi29UzPnMs

Watch Ramesh’s earlier interview with Dave on the South American Indigenous Internet: www.youtube.com/watch?v=wTaNyJRlq84

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Technology, Social Media & Indigenous People – Prof. Ramesh Srinivasan

Published on Feb 6, 2015

Ramesh Srinivasan is an Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies and Design/Media Arts at UCLA. He studies the relationship between media, specifically new technologies, and social, political and cultural realities across the world.

In his first return to the TYT studio, Professor Srinivasan and The Young Turks’ in-house Bolivia-phile Dave Koller cover a wide range of topics, including:

– Whether the world needs more or fewer books by Malcolm Gladwell
– Why a social media expert like Srinivasan shuns Twitter
– How Bolivian president Evo Morales is pushing technological change to empower indigenous communities in Bolivia
– Why people in the West feel a false sense of confidence in social media to foment revolution against authoritarian regimes
– Why a member of a young hacker community in Bolivia greeted Srinivasan in a giant Linux penguin costume
– What the people who live in and around landfills in the developing world can teach the West about repurposing old technology

Find out Srinivasan’s thoughts on the above topics and much more in this installment of TYT Interviews.

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Can We Build a Better World? Can Sex Change the World?

Published on Jan 5, 2013

We can envision a better world, but are there steps we can take to enact real change? Is there a future in which different cultures can truly peacefully coexist? Does the media cause us as a society to be close-minded and resistent to meaningful change? And lastly, is it possible that sex and changing views of sex have the power to make the world a better place overall?

Ana Kasparian (Host, The Point and Co-host of The Young Turks) lead this weeks panel to discuss these issues and more with Ramesh Srinivasan (Professor, Information Studies at UCLA), Sikivu Hutchinson (Activist, Author of Moral Combat) and Tom Shadyac (Film Maker, Director of Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Liar Liar, and more). Special thanks to Peter Joseph of the Zeitgeist Movement and Christopher Ryan, author of Sex at Dawn for sending in points.

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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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How Culture and Technology Create One Another: Ramesh Srinivasan at TEDxUCLA

Published on Dec 13, 2012

Ramesh Srinivasan, Associate Professor at UCLA in the Department of 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. Additionally, he has written multiple front page articles for the Huffington Post, including a piece on Internet Freedom for the Huffington Post.

He has had his work featured on the front page of the UCLA and USC websites. Recent public outreach has built on his response in the New Yorker (from his blog: http://rameshsrinivasan.org/) to Malcolm Gladwell’s writings critiquing the power of social media in impacting revolutionary movements. He has worked with bloggers, pragmatically studying their strengths and limitations, who were involved in recent revolutions in Egypt and Kyrgyzstan, as discussed in a recent NPR interview.

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. His work has impacted contemporary understandings of media studies, anthropology and sociology, design, and economic and political development studies. He holds an engineering degree from Stanford, a Masters degree from the MIT Media Lab, and a Doctorate from Harvard University.

About TEDx, x = independently organized event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

Professor Ramesh Srinivasan – On Social Media, Activism and Revolution

Published on Jan 11, 2014

Cenk Uygur interviews UCLA Information Studies Professor Ramesh Srinivasan (@rameshmedia) on his research into the complex nature of social media in revolutions and riots, as well as his recent experiences on the ground in Egypt speaking with activists.

Srinivasan’s research has also delved into such diverse topics as Internet freedom, global communication and how new media technologies impact economic development and poverty reduction. In the interview he also talks about the divisive rhetoric that has arisen in light of Mohamed Morsi’s election in Egypt.

Professor Srinivasan is an Associate Professor in Information Studies at the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies and Design|Media Arts at the University of California, Los Angeles. He has an extensive academic career an engineering degree from Stanford, a Masters degree from the MIT Media Lab, and a Doctorate from Harvard University. Previously, he was a lecturer at the University of California, San Diego in the Department of Ethnic Studies; and a Doctoral Research Fellow at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design.

For more information, please visit: http://rameshsrinivasan.org or follow him on Twitter at @rameshmedia.

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