Presenter Details

Ramesh Srinivasan, UCLA

Ramesh Srinivasan speaks about the intersection of technology, innovation, politics, business and society. He’s 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. His mission is to help repair the disconnect between designers and users, producers and consumers, tech elites and the rest of us – toward a more democratic internet. He’s a faculty member in UCLA’s Information Studies and Design|Media Arts departments, and the founder of the University of California’s Digital Cultures Lab, which offers a unique, people-focused analysis of new technologies working across every continent and dozens of countries across the world. The 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, artificial intelligence (AI), automation and cryptocurrencies with these themes in mind. He holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Stanford University, a master’s from the MIT Media Laboratory and a Ph.D. from Harvard. Srinivasan is the author of Whose Global Village? Rethinking How Technology Impacts Our World and After the Internet with Adam Fish. His most recent book, Beyond the Valley, outlines how the future of the internet still hasn’t been written. In it, Srinivasan argues that tech can be fairer and more democratic, while still serving business interests. While researching for the book, he explored technology’s economic, political and social impact across nearly 70 countries. Beyond the Valley was named among Forbes’ top 10 books in 2019. Srinivasan appears frequently 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, Forbes, The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times. This year, Srinivasan launched a podcast series called “Utopias” where he talks with well-known people interested in a more equal and just future.


Tuesday Mainstage


Tuesday Mainstage