Payal Arora is a Full Professorand Chair in Technology, Values, and Global Media Cultures at the Erasmus School of Philosophy, Erasmus University Rotterdam. She is the Founder and Executive Director of a digital activism organization, Catalyst Lab. She is a digital anthropologist and author of several books including Dot Com Mantra: Social Computing in the Central Himalayas (Ashgate, 2010), The Leisure Commons: A Spatial History of Web 2.0 (Routledge, 2015; Winner of the EUR Fellowship Award), and, The Next Billion Users: Digital Life beyond the West (Harvard University Press, 2019). She is the co-editor of Crossroads in New Media, Identity & Law: The Shape of Diversity to Come (Palgrave, 2015). Much of her research focuses on digital cultures, global inequality and data governance in the Global South. She has published over 50 papers in her field and has given 165 presentations in 102 cities in 52 countries, including a TEDx talk on the future of the internet. Her work has been extensively covered by numerous global media outlets including The Economist, NRC, The Nation, BBC, NDTV-India, F.A.Z, De Standaard, Tech Crunch, Quartz, CBC, Salon, and Vrij Nederland. Forbes called her the “next billion champion” and the right kind of person to change tech. She has consulted for both the public and private sector including hp, KPMG, Dutch Brewers, GE, and UNESCO. Her teaching has been recognized through a number of best teacher nominations and awards including the prestigious University Education Prize in 2017. Arora sits on several boards/advisory committees such as the Facebook Social Science One, Columbia University Earth Institute’s Connect to Learn, Technology, Knowledge & Society Association, Soteryx, Makeosity, and The World Women Global Council in New York. She was a Columnist for the Erasmus Magazine (2017-2019) and is the Media and Communication Section Editor for the Global Perspective Journal, a University of California Press journal. She has held Fellow positions at NYU Steinhardt, GE, Rio’s Institute of Technology and Society and ZeMKI at the University of Bremen. She has degrees from Harvard University (Masters in International Development Policy) and Columbia University (Doctorate in Language, Literacy & Technology) and a Teaching Certification from the University of Cambridge.
P (Payal) Arora, A (Amanda) Paz Alencar & DM (Daniela) Jaramillo Dent (28 September 2021) - Breaking the cycle of ignorance: Prioritising refugees’ digital leisure and entertainment
Payal Arora (1 January 2019) - Book talk on 'Do the next billion users need more innovation? Rethinking automation for the common good,' Sponsored by United Nations University Institute on Computing and Society.
Payal Arora (1 January 2019) - Book talk on ‘The next billion users,’ at the ‘Nose in the Books’ bookstore, Sponsored by School of Journalism and Communication, The Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Payal Arora (1 January 2019) - Book talk on ‘The next billion users,’ at the ACO bookstore, Sponsored by School of Journalism and Communication, The Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Payal Arora (1 January 2019) - Book talk on ‘The next billion users,’ Sponsored by Global Asia research center, National Taiwan University.
Payal Arora (1 January 2019) - Book talk on disruptive innovation, Sponsored by Nanjang Technological University.
Payal Arora (1 January 2019) - Interview with The Hard Copy and Obvious Design Studio on The Fabulous Next Billion
Payal Arora (1 January 2019) - Interview with The Hindu on Traversing in an Emerging Field
Payal Arora (1 January 2019) - Interview with The Telegraph on the Next Billion and the rise of Irrational Design
Payal Arora (1 January 2019) - Interview on DW Akademie on Media Development at Bonn.