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#WhatWeDoNow: Can We Escape Technology’s Selective Reach?

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!!UPDATE!! We are proud to announce that Daniel Pinchbeck will be joining Ramesh and all of us for this exciting event! For more information on Daniel follow him on twitter and on his website!

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Join us for a lively conversation with Ramesh Srinivasan on how we can shape the future of the Internet to promote equality.

Ramesh, who has shared his work with MSNBC, NPR, CNN, The Young Turks, and many other media venues, will discuss his new book, Whose Global Village (NYU Press), in which he asks us to reconsider ‘whose global village’ we are shaping with the digital technology revolution today. He asks whether we can develop and imagine a digital world more in line with values of diversity, and social, economic, and political justice.

The book discusses how we perceive platforms such as Twitter and Facebook as open and accessible to all, but in reality, these are commercial entities developed primarily by and for the Western world, often reinforcing the inequalities of globalization and rarely reflecting the perspectives of those at the bottom of the digital divide.

Ramesh does this by sharing stories of collaboration with Native Americans in California and New Mexico, revolutionaries in Egypt, communities in rural India, and others across the world. He further urges us to reimagine what the Internet, mobile phones, or social media platforms may look like when considered from the perspective of diverse cultures.

What should we do? How can we imagine and begin to develop the Internet more deeply in line with principles of democracy, diversity, and the civic life?

Join us as we dig deeper into these questions!

***This event is a part of Civic Hall's What We Do Now series***

The What We Do Now series connects the Civic Hall and Personal Democracy Forum communities around the most urgent issues facing civically engaged organizations and individuals.

This event series curated by, or in partnership with, Civic Hall will continue to foster cross-sector collaboration to leverage the use of technology for the public good.

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Ramesh Srinivasan studies the relationship between technology, politics, and societies across the world. 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, exploring the meaning of technology worldwide as it spreads to the far reaches of our world. He is also the author of the books: “Whose Global Village? Rethinking How Technology Impacts Our World” with NYU Press, and “After the Internet” (with Adam Fish) on Polity Press to be released in December of 2017.

Srinivasan is a regular speaker for TEDx Talks and makes media appearances on MSNBC, NPR, Al Jazeera, “The Young Turks,” National Geographic, and Public Radio International. His writings have been widely published in Al Jazeera English, CNN, Wired, The Washington Post, Forbes, and The Huffington Post.

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. 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.

Don't forget to follow Ramesh on twitter and on his website!

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Daniel is the author of Breaking Open the Head (Broadway Books, 2002), 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl (Tarcher/Penguin, 2006), and Notes from the Edge Times (Tarcher/Penguin, 2010). His new book, How Soon Is Now, came out February 2017. Featuring a preface from Sting and an introduction from Russell Brand, How Soon Is Now? looks at the ecological crisis as a rite of passage or initiation for humanity and proposes a "blueprint for the future" - how we must redesign our technical and social systems to avert the worst consequences of ecological collapse.

He was executive director of the think tank, Center for Planetary Culture, which produced the Regenerative Society Wiki. His essays and articles have been featured in The New York Times Magazine, Esquire, Rolling Stone, Artforum, The New York Times Book Review, The Village Voice and many other publications. He has also written columns for Conscious Living and Dazed & Confused.

Don't forget to follow Daniel on twitter and on his website!



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