(Payal) P Arora

prof.dr. (Payal) P Arora
Erasmus School of Philosophy ESPhil
Burg. Oudlaan 50, Rotterdam
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Payal Arora is a Full Professor and 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. Arora & M. Kam (Eds.). (2011-2011) Global Media Journal, 11(18).
      • P. Arora & F.R.R. Vermeylen (2013). Bridging online and offline public social spheres to understand contemporary leisure space. In 40th World Congress of the International Institute of Sociology
      • P. Arora (2013). Technological Innovations in Public Art Museums in Amsterdam and Mumbai. In 40th World Congress of the International Institute of Sociology
      • P. Arora (2013). The Leisure Divide: Can the 'Third World come out to play. In International Communication Association (pp. 93-11)
      • P. Arora (2013). Chinese cowboy paintings as Western art? New Digital and Global Learning in Rural India. In Digital Crossroads: Media, Migration and Diaspora in a transnational perspective
      • P. Arora (2013). Digital glocalization or misinformation? Relating rural knowledge with global knowledge. In Co-production of Knowledge: Social media, STS Symposium
      • P. Arora (2012). Walled gardens: Privacy within public leisure space online and offline. In Amsterdam Privacy Conference
      • P. Arora (2012). Challenges in digitalizing medical software for diagnosis and treatment in rural India. In Urban Developments and emerging issues of inclusion, governance and sustainability in India
      • P. Arora (2018). When exotic digital cultures become mainstream (2018, april 12). Austria: Democracy and (Dis)Information Society: On the Function and Dissemination of Big Data, Fake News and Conspiracy Theories, Universität Salzburg, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie and Universität Münster
      • P. Arora (2017). Digital cultures for social activism and change in the global South (2017, april 24). University of Oslo: Oromo Studies Association
        • P. Arora (2019, juni 18). Keynote. University of Liverpool, UK, Digital Inclusion Policy and Research Conference 2019.
        • P. Arora (2019, mei 25). Behind the Music: How labor changed for musicians through the Subscription Economy. Washington DC, USA, Popular Communication Division, International Communication Association.
        • P. Arora (2019, mei 27). Blue Sky Workshop: Global Perspectives: Rethinking boundaries in the Platformization era. Washington DC, USA, International Communication Association.
        • P. Arora & T. Willemstein (2019, januari 25). Blockchain and the art market: the end of the traditional gatekeepers?'. Rotterdam, Netherlands, 6th Creative Industries seminar.
        • P. Arora (2019, december 1). Keynote on ‘Decolonizing privacy studies’. The Hague, Netherlands, Privacy & Identity Lab Symposium, Sponsored by PiLAB.
        • P. Arora (2019, november 19). Keynote on “The next billion users”. Bangalore, India, Design Up conference.
        • P. Arora (2019, november 7). Keynote at the Rethinking media development: New actors, new technologies and new strategies FoME Symposium 2019. Bonn, Germany, FoME Symposium 2019. Sponsored by Deutsche Welle.
        • P. Arora (2019, november 1). Speaker on ‘The next billion,’ Sponsored by Department of Media & Communication Studies, Södertörn University. Södertörn University, Sweden, Conference.
        • P. Arora (2019, mei 26). Oromo activism through Facebook and twitter. Washington DC, USA, Global Communication Division, International Communication Association.
        • P. Arora (2019, mei 24). Speaker on 'Contemporary surveillance-based democracies: A comparative analysis of emerging databased governance systems in India and China,' Justice and order in the datafied society: Connecting communications and legal theory,. Washington DC, USA, Preconference ICA 2019, Washington DC.
        • P. Arora (2019, juli 7). Above the law and below poverty: Digital activism and online publicity in the Global South. Madrid, Spain, International Communication Section, International Association for Media and Communication Research, IAMCR.
        • P. Arora (2019, mei 24). Decolonizing Privacy Studies. USA, Philosophy, Theory & Critique Division, International Communication Association, Washington DC.
        • P. Arora (2018, juli 16). Ethics in algorithmic exclusionary politics. Toulouse, Big data: uncovering new mobility patterns and redefining planning practices, EUROScience Open Forum, COST European Cooperation in Science and Technology.
        • P. Arora (2018, juni 21). Mood Tracking & the Emotive Politics of the Digital. University of Amsterdam, The Tracked Society. Interdisciplinary Approaches on Online Tracking, University of Münster and ABIDA, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology.
        • P. Arora (2018, juni 15). Talent. Rotterdam, Rector Farewell speech.
        • P. Arora (2018, oktober 22). The global poor need less innovation: A critique of Silicon Valley’s human laboratories. University of Tampere, Opponent talk at PhD defense ceremony.
        • P. Arora (2018, april 22). Crowdsourcing as a platform for digital labor unions,’ Development Implications of Digital Economies. University of Manchester, Development Implications of Digital Economies (DIODE Network), UK Social and Economic Research Council.
        • P. Arora (2018, april 2). Poor@play: Mobilizing the ludic underclass in the digital age. School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (EHESS) in Paris, Etudier les cultures du numérique" (Studying Digital Cultures).
        • P. Arora (2018, januari 11). Digital education innovation in developing countries. University of Cape Town, South Africa, Development Implications of Digital Economies (DIODE Network), UK Social and Economic Research Council.
        • P. Arora (2018, september 29). Automating culture: How digital platforms are shaping the art world. Vienna University, the Belvedere Museum and Dorotheum auction house, Keynote speaker at the Tiamsa Conference.
        • P. Arora (2018, maart 15). Communal politics in digital India. IIT-Delhi and Ludwig Maximilian University (LMU) Munich, Digital Politics in Millennial India international symposium.
        • P. AroraRegulated data. Regulated activism? Digital activism in the GDPR era. Universität Hamburg,
        • P. Arora (2018, december 1). The Golden Standard as a Global standard? The Politics of Global Privacy in the GDPR era. Zeppelin University, Invited speaker.
        • P. Arora (2018, november 27). Above the law and below poverty: Databased obfuscations, activism and publicity from the global South. Humboldt University Berlin, The Future of Law: Technology, Innovation and Access to Justice.
        • P. Arora (2018, december 3). Big Data from the South: Decolonization, Resistance & Creativity. Amsterdam, DATACTIVE University of Amsterdam.
        • P. Arora (2018, november 14). Emerging databased ‘democracies’ in China and India. The ZeMKI, Centre for Media, Communication and Information Research, University of Bremen, ZEMKI Visiting Research Fellow talk.
        • P. Arora (2017, september 1). Graduation talk for MA in New Media and Digital Culture. Amsterdam, Graduation MA students.
        • P. Arora (2017, augustus 24). Is there such a thing as an academic activist? Stepping outside of academia. Erasmus University Rotterdam, Media and culture in everyday life.
        • P. Arora (2017, februari 17). Digital cultures, communities and the commons. Collège des Bernardins, Paris, Numerique & Diversité culturelle [Digital & Cultural Diversity].
        • P. Arora (2017, april 11). Silicon Valley’s human laboratories. Erasmus University College, Seeing the Unseen, EUCxInspire.
        • I. Segers & P. Arora (2016, mei 24). Smashing patriarchy with cell phones? – Critique of dominant technofeminist perspectives on mobile phone-enabled women’s empowerment programmes in Bangladesh. Fukuoka Japan, Feminist Studies Division, International Communication Association.
        • P. Arora (2016, oktober 5). Digital privacy and citizenship: Comparing Facebook practices across low-income contexts in India and Brazil. Berlin, Germany, Association of Internet Researchers.
        • P. Arora (2016, juni 4). The everyday struggles of citizenship in the digital public sphere: Navigating digital privacy and political activism in India and Brazil. Kobe Japan, Cultural Struggle and Praxis: Negotiating Power and the Everyday, The Asian Conference on Cultural Studies.
        • P. Arora (2016, juni 8). The politics of algorithms in shaping citizenship in the global South. Fukuoka Japan, Algorithms, Automation and Politics Preconference.
        • P. Arora (2016, november 30). Keynote Databased democracies in the Global South. University of Jyväskylä, Development Seminar series.
        • P. Arora (2016, april 22). Invited Lecture Is there a global digital privacy culture? Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Convergence and Disjuncture in Global Digital Culture.
        • P. Arora (2016, juni 28). Invited Lecture Slumdog romance: Facebook love and digital privacy in the global south. Penn Wharton China Center, Beijing China, The 2nd International conference on Communication and the Public: Body, Lived Space, and Mobile Media.
        • P. Arora (2015, januari 25). Nobody knows Snowden! Digital Privacy, Surveillance and Big data policy in Emerging Economies. Bangalore, Invited lecture: Global Communication Association Conference.
        • P. Arora (2014, juni 1). The Leisure Commons for the Uncommon New Publics. Rotterdam, IMISCOE Research Initiative Information and Communication Technologies and Migration.
        • P. Arora (2014, november 1). Invited lecture. Göttingen, Colloquium on Cybercultures in India.
        • P. Arora (2014, september 1). Invited lecture. Philadelphia, Memes and Protest symposium, Annenberg School for Communication, Social Science Research Council (SSRC).
        • P. Arora (2013, november 1). The Leisure Factory: Production in the Digital Age. Moscow, Conference Between Labour and Leisure: Towards the New Economy of Salvation, the Research Group ‘Labour, Knowledge and Leisure in Postindustrial Society’, Higher School of Economics.
        • P. Arora (2013, november 1). Invited lecture. Amsterdam, Frontiers of New Media symposium, The Beginning and End(s) of the Internet: Surveillance, Censorship, and the Future of Cyber-Utopia.
        • P. Arora (2013, mei 1). Are we all connoisseurs now? The changing landscape of art expertise in the digital age. Zurich, Expertise In Judgment of Art: History, Technology, Law and the Market, the Swiss Institute for Art Research (SIK-ISEA).
        • P. Arora (2013, juni 1). Invited lecture. Helsinki, World Conference of Science Journalists, The Critical Questioning in the Public Sphere.
        • P. Arora (2013, november 1). Invited lecture. Amsterdam, Society of the Query conference on Search and Search Engines, Institute of Network Cultures.
        • P. Arora (2013, november 1). Invited lecture. London, Mapping Cultural ConsumersOnline Symposium, the Dept of Culture, Media & Creative Industries, Kings College London.
        • P. Arora, P. Vishnu, E.G. Geraerts, S. Van de Walle, W. Schinkel, M.M.S.K. Sie & B.F. van Eekelen (2012, juni 1). How to become an "excellent" young academic researcher? Rotterdam, Erasmus Graduate School for the Humanities, Social and Behavioural Sciences meeting.
        • P. Arora (2012, oktober 1). Invited lecture. North Carolina USA, Workgroup on New Media and the Art Markets, Duke University.
        • P. Arora (2016, november 4). Invited Lecture Who is in charge of the future of the internet? Rotterdam, TEDxErasmus.
        • P. Arora (2015, mei 29). Invited lecture The Art Museum and Its New Publics. Essen, Museum Folkwang.
        • P. Arora (2017, november 6). Talent. Bernard Mandeville Foundation, City of Rotterdam, EUR and the Port of Rotterdam, Rotterdam Talent Week.
        • P. Arora (2018, augustus 27). Quantifying your talented self: How metrics is killing creativity. Erasmus University Rotterdam, EUR-pre-academic and interdisciplinary programme opening.
        • P. Arora (2018, september 2). data/mobile economy in Asia. Chatham House London, Digital Asia Hub Launch.
        • P. Arora (2019, september 2). fake news’ in the Asian context. Facebook, Social Science One Asia Launch.
        • P. Arora (2016, maart 22). Invited Lecture A critical examination of prizes to spur innovation using ICT in education. Paris, UNESCO Mobile Learning week: Innovating for Quality.
        • P. Arora (2016, juni 30). Invited lecture digital marketing. Christie's London, Technology and the Art Market seminar, Christies.
        • P. Arora (2011, juni 1). Social media, knowledge management and business. Shell Corporation, London, UK, Invited discussant.
        • P. AroraGuest lecture. Beirut, Amman, Chamber of commerce of the Social Economic Council.
        • P. Arora (2011, december 1). New media and international development. Den Haag, Guest seminar at the International institute of social studies.
        • P. Arora (2019). Speaker on Decolonizing Privacy Studies, Amsterdam Platform for Privacy Research (APPR), Institute for Information Law (IViR), University of Amsterdam.
        • P. Arora (2019). Speaker on the Next Billion Users and Empathetic Design for the Youtube Channel and Dutch TV 'Universiteit van Nederland'.
        • P. Arora (2019). Re-imagining Digital Leisure Networks through Global Cities: A Metaphorical Journey.
        • P. Arora (2019). Interview on DW Akademie on Media Development at Bonn.
        • P. Arora (2019). Keynote at the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts, Digital Fortress Europe, Organized by Vrije Universiteit Brussel and ECREA Diaspora, Migration & Media network.
        • P. Arora (2019). Book talk on ‘The next billion users,’ Studium Generale, Technische Universiteit Eindhoven.
        • P. Arora (2019). Speaker on 'The next billion users,' School of disobedience, Sponsored by the Volksbühne Foundation and the Ethical Tech Society.
        • P. Arora (2019). Keynote on ‘Privacy amid the global data order,’ Fairness, Accountability, Transparency (FAT)/Asia – Hong Kong, Digital Asia Hub. Sponsored by The Ethics and Governance of AI Initiative and the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung.
        • P. Arora (2019). Speaker (with F. Vermeylen) on Culture, automation and taste disruptions in the digital art economy, Erasmus Studio, Rotterdamse Schouwburg.
        • P. Arora (2019). Keynote on ‘The next billion users: digital life beyond the West,’ Digital and Humanist Culture forum, 10th Anniversary, University of Nantes.
        • P. Arora (2019). Keynote on Empowered Women, International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations (IFMSA).
        • P. Arora (2019). Workgroup on Autonomous Vehicles and Organized by Technion Israel Institute of Technology, Sponsored by WISE-ACT COST Action Grant (European Cooperation in Science & Technology).
        • P. Arora (2019). Keynote for the annual BRESTOLON workshop in Bremen, Sponsored by ZEMKI University of Bremen.
        • P. Arora (2019). Keynote on diversity and inclusion, Organized by ECHO and hosted by the Municipality of Amsterdam.
        • P. Arora (2019). Keynote on ‘The next billion users,’ for NEXT19, Hamburg.
        • P. Arora (2019). Speaker at the workshop on AI-Powered Information Ecosystems and Democracy, Sponsored by CIFAR (the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research).
        • P. Arora (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.
        • P. Arora (2019). Book talk on disruptive innovation, Sponsored by Nanjang Technological University.
        • P. Arora (2019). Book talk on ‘The next billion users,’ Sponsored by Global Asia research center, National Taiwan University.
        • P. Arora (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.
        • P. Arora (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.
        • P. Arora (2019). “Ten novel ways to understand the next billion user market.” KPMG launch event, Mumbai India.
        • P. Arora (2019). Speaker at AI and Internet Futures workshop, The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center.
        • S.P. Shihomeka & P. Arora (2018). Old and New Media Popularity, Affordances and Preferences as Sources for Rural Youth Politics in Namibia. International Communication Association (ICA) Conference: Prague, Czech Republic.
        • P. Arora, M. Kraidy, M. Jiang, S. Udupa & W. Willems (2018). Roudtable on Colonial Imaginations, Techno-Oligarchs and Digital Technology (roundtable organizer). International Communication Association (ICA) Conference: Prague, Czech Republic (2018, mei 24 - 2018, mei 28).
        • P. Arora (2018). Decolonizing privacy studies: Privacy literacy frameworks in the Global South. Fifth Annual ACGS Conference: Global Critical Pedagogies: Amsterdam Centre for Globalization Studies (2018, oktober 18 - 2018, oktober 19).
        • P. Arora, L. Taylor, A. Martin & S. Jameson (2018). Panel 'Data and the Global South' (Panel organizer). Amsterdam Privacy Conference: Amsterdam (2018, oktober 5 - 2018, oktober 8).
        • R. Koenig & P. Arora (2018). Imagining the diversity algorithm: Alternatives in ideological governance and their challenges. Amsterdam Privacy Conference: Amsterdam (2018, oktober 5 - 2018, oktober 8).
        • P. Arora (2018). Hacking poverty through technology innovations. International Conference on Technology, Knowledge & Society: New York, USA (2018, maart 1 - 2018, maart 2).
        • P. Arora (2015). Big data Commons and the global South. IS4IS Summit Vienna 2015, ‘The Information Society at the Crossroads: Vienna (2015, juni 3 - 2015, juni 7).
        • P. Arora (2015). Keynote. The International Conference on Technology, Knowledge and Society on Big Data and the Politics of Participation in a Digital Age: (2015, februari 23 - 2015, februari 24).
        • P. Arora, N. Rangaswamy & L. Scheiber (2015). Slumdog romance, politics and digital privacy among marginalized Brazilian and Indian youth. Amsterdam Privacy Conference: Amsterdam (2015, oktober 23 - 2015, oktober 26).
        • P. Arora (2015). Keynote on 'Digital Media, Digital Transition and Internet of Things. 13th Annual Session Dialogue of Civilizations: Rhodes, Greece (2015, oktober 1).
        • P. Arora (2015). Keynote on 'Big data Commons and the global South. The ISIS Summit Vienna 2015, the Information Society at the Crossroad: Vienna, Austria (2015, mei 1).
        • P. Arora (2015). Bottom of the Data Pyramid,’ Big Data and the Politics of Participation in a Digital Age. International Conference on Technology, Knowledge and Society: Common Ground Publishing (2015, februari 23 - 2015, februari 24).
        • P. Arora & F.R.R. Vermeylen (2014). The new cultural commons: the art world, new media and a democratic promise. The Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study (NIAS): Wassenaar (2014, november 18 - 2014, november 20).
        • P. Arora (2011). The folksong jukebox: Singing along for social change in rural India. International Communication Association (ICA) conference: Boston, USA (2011, mei 25 - 2011, mei 31).
        • P. Arora (2011). Digital gods: the makings of a medical fact in rural diagnostic software. American society for information science and technology (ASIS&T) conference: New Orleans, USA (2011, oktober 8 - 2011, oktober 13).
        • P. Arora (2011). Cultures of cyberspace: A pedagogic framework. International association for media & communication research (IAMCR) conference: Istanbul, Turkey (2011, juli 12 - 2011, juli 18).
        • F.R.R. Vermeylen & P. Arora (2011). The rise of new experts: consumers and the art world in the digital age. ECREA Workshop on Digital Culture and Communication: Barcelona (2011, november 14 - 2011, november 15).
        • P. Arora (2011). Digital labor and the new corporate workspace: A real-virtual spatial investigation. Post/Autonomia conference: UvA, Amsterdam (2011, mei 19 - 2011, mei 22).
        • P. Arora & F.R.R. Vermeylen (2011). Learning to evaluate art in the digital age. International Research Conference Artistic Work and Creativity in the digital era: images and sounds: University of Avignon and the Vaucluse, France (2011, mei 24 - 2011, mei 27).
        • P. Arora (2011). Busyness in cybercafes: An Indian context. Symposium 'Slow down, you move too fast: Rethinking the culture of Busyness and IT: Seattle, USA (2011, mei 1 - 2011, mei 1).
        • P. Arora (2011). Walled gardens: An analysis of the public-private nature of online leisure spaces. International association for media and communication research (IAMCR) conference: Istanbul, Turkey (2011, juli 12 - 2011, juli 18).
        • P. Arora & F.R.R. Vermeylen (2011). Shaping the culture of art markets through new digital learning and evaluation. ECREA Digital Culture and Communication Workshop: Barcelona, Spain (2011, november 24 - 2011, november 25).
        • F.R.R. Vermeylen & P. Arora (2011). The rise of new experts: consumers and the art world in the digital age. Workshop Participatory knowledge production 2.0. Critical views and experiences: Maastricht (2011, maart 23).
        • F.R.R. Vermeylen & P. Arora (2011). The end of the art connoisseur? Experts in the visual arts market in past and present. Conference Artistic work and creativity in the digital era: Images and Sounds: Avignon (2011, mei 17 - 2011, mei 24).
        • F.R.R. Vermeylen & P. Arora (2011). Battling uncertainty: old and new experts in the market for visual arts. Conference Exploring risk and uncertainty. Metaphores from the art market: London (2011, september 22 - 2011, september 23).
        • P. Arora (2011). Can the poor come out to play? Reassessing the role of online leisure in ICTD research. International association For Media & Communication Research (IAMCR) conference: Istanbul, Turkey (2011, juli 12 - 2011, juli 18).
        • P. Arora (2011). Cyberleisure as the new corporate work space: a real-virtual spatial investigation. British Sociological Association (BSA) conference: London School of Economics, London, UK (2011, april 5 - 2011, april 9).
        • P. Arora & F.R.R. Vermeylen (2011). The rise of the new experts: Digital learning in the art world. Participatory knowledge production 2.0: Critical views & experiences workshop: Maastricht virtual knowledge studio, Maastricht University (2011, maart 22 - 2011, maart 23).
        • P. Arora (2010). Usage of new media in higher education in the Middle East. Jordan Ministry of Higher Education in partnership with The Columbia University Middle East Research Center (CUMERC): Amman, Jordan (2010, juni 6 - 2010, juni 6).
        • P. Arora (2010). Media & Social responsibility in the Age of the Financial Crisis. Globalization for the Common Good Conference: California (2010, juni 10 - 2010, juni 10).
        • P. Arora (2010). Metaphorizing online social sites as virtual parks: A historical investigation into leisure online and offline. The Technology, Knowledge & Society Conference: Berlin (2010, januari 14 - 2010, januari 18).
        • P. Arora (2009). Siliconizing youth in Indian education policy: Rearticulating "Technological Youth" as Common Sense. Presentation at the Global Communication Association (GWA) Conference: Bangalore (2009, november 26 - 2009, november 27).
        • P. Arora (2019). Imperica Op-ed piece: Can Facebook's Cryptocurrency Libra empower the unbanked billions?
        • P. Arora (2019). The Boston Globe Interview: The global poor go online for the same reasons you do by.
        • P. Arora (2019). Nudging the next billion. Sight & Life Magazine.
        • P. Arora (2019). The next billion users market: Ten novel thought habits to reach this new market. KPMG India Report.
        • P. Arora (2019). BREAKER Interview: The Next Billion Tech Users are just like the rest of us.
        • P. Arora (2019). Keynote on ‘The Next Billion Users,’ EMERCE Next, Future of Digital & Tech, Beurs van Berlage.
        • P. Arora (2019). Monocle 24 interview with Georgina Goodwin from Weekend Read (Podcast) on The Next Billion Users.
        • P. Arora (2019). Vrij Nederland Interview: In poorer countries, people are not only online to improve their lives, they also want to watch porn (Dutch).
        • P. Arora (2019). BBC interview with Ritula Shah on The Next Billion Users.
        • P. Arora (2019). Times Higher Education New and Noteworthy Review: Phone habits of the developing world; the cult of the cute; problems on the home front; game theories; and beggar thy neighbor.
        • P. Arora (2019). Engineering & Technology Magazine (E&T) Book review: An uncomfortable challenge to the West’s collective superiority complex that questions the way we see technology in the connected world.
        • P. Arora (2019). FAZ Edition: Now the next billion users are online (German).
        • P. Arora (2019). Tech Crunch interview: Who are the next billion users and what do they want?
        • P. Arora (2019). Podcast by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation –Spark Despite limited access, online habits in the developing world aren't that different from ours.
        • P. Arora (2019). Erasmus Magazine interview: People in developing countries want to do the exact same things we do on the Internet: listen to music and watch porn.
        • P. Arora (2019). Interview with The Telegraph on the Next Billion and the rise of Irrational Design.
        • P. Arora (2019). Podcast with Innovation Hub on Who Are the Web’s Newest Users?
        • P. Arora (2019). Television interview on TDM - Teledifusão de Macau, Macau China talk show with host Karen Keith.
        • P. Arora (2019). Podcast with Chris Messina (inventor of the hashtag) and Clive Thompson (Author of Coders) on ‘Love the Problem’ with Alex Feldman.
        • P. Arora (2019). Op-Ed in Quartz on ‘The biggest myths about the next billion internet users'.
        • P. Arora (2019). Podcast with Danish broadcaster Henrik Foehns on Techtopia.
        • P. Arora (2019). Podcast with Jayadevan from Turnaround on designing for the NBU market.
        • P. Arora (2019). Interview with The Hindu on Traversing in an Emerging Field.
        • P. Arora (2019). Creative Next podcast on How AI and Automation will change the world.
        • P. Arora (2019). Interview with The Hard Copy and Obvious Design Studio on The Fabulous Next Billion.
        • P. Arora (2019). The next billion users and the future of the digital economy. Development Implications of Digital Economies (DIODE) Strategic Research Network blog.
        • P. Arora (2019). Speaker on ‘Impact of the Next Billion on Spotify Lite,’ Sponsored by Spotify.
        • P. Arora (2019). Autonomous Vehicles and Smart Futures, WISEACT COST Action.
        • P. Arora (2019). “NBU markets and the future of the mobile internet” for Liberty Latin American Telecom.
        • P. Arora (2019). Keynote at the annual public Techfestival with Jimmy Wales (founder of Wikipedia) and Chris Messina (founder of the hashtag), Sponsored by Copenhagen Municipality.
        • P. Arora (2019). Beware of social media! Publication in Esakal (the most popular Marathi magazine) on the impact of the ‘Next Billion Users’ in rethinking social media.
        • P. Arora (2019). Forbes named Payal Arora the “Next Billion champion” as one of the key people to change tech in their article ‘10,000 People In Copenhagen Are About To Determine A Better Future For You’.
        • P. Arora (2019). De Standaard (Dutch) Interview: That the poor use the internet primarily for entertainment? So what?
        • P. Arora (2019). NRC Handelsblad (Dutch) Op-ed piece: Facebook, be honest about your ambitions.
        • P. Arora (2019). Innovation Hub podcast interview with Marc Sollinger.
        • P. Arora (2019). NRC Handelsblad (Dutch) Interview: The biggest misconceptions about how the next billion internet users spend their screen time.
        • P. Arora (2019). Digital Society Forum (French) Book Review: The next billion users: an immersion in the internet of the poor.
        • P. Arora (2019). Penguin India Book review: Busted! 8 Myths about the Billion Internet Users that are you Need to Know.
        • P. Arora (2019). The Nation Book Review: The Race for Global Internet Access Is Not a Zero-Sum Game: Payal Arora’s The Next Billion Users turns a critical eye to the humanitarian push to connect the globe.
        • P. Arora (2019). The Economist review: How the pursuit of leisure drives internet use.
        • P. Arora (2019). Speaker (with Her Majesty Queen Máxima of the Netherlands as the keynote speaker) on the Value of Data Panel, Future of Health Coverage: Revolutionizing health financing using mobile technology. Sponsored by the Financial Times.
        • P. Arora (2019). Africa Development news interview on the Next Billion Users.
        • P. Arora (2019). El Confidential (Spanish) Interview on book: Why do they use the internet in poor countries? Same reasons as we do.
        • P. Arora (2019). (German) Interview on book: What if social media belonged to the user?
        • P. Arora (2019). Strategy + Business Book Review: A new view of the fortune at the bottom of the digital pyramid.
        • P. Arora (2019). Engaget Book review: Hitting the Books: Modern surveillance and 'the science of happiness'.
        • P. Arora (2019). We the People NDTV Indian Television Talk Show: How is technology impacting Culture?
        • P. Arora (2019). YourStory interview: Why digital benefits need to be balanced with data privacy.
        • P. Arora (2019). iRights interview on the Next Billion users (German).
        • F.R.R. Vermeylen & P. Arora (2012). The valorization of art and experts in the contemporary market. 17th International Conference Association of Cultural Economists international: Kyoto, Japan (2012, juni 21 - 2012, juni 24).
        • P. Arora (2012). Temporality in the Sociomaterial Mangle. Annual Meeting of the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S): Copenhagen (2012, oktober 17 - 2012, oktober 20).
        • P. Arora (2012). Keynote on Capitalizing on contested identities for business innovation. West-Asia-North African Forum: Amman, Jordan (2012, mei 1).
        • P. Arora (2012). Learning, leisure and new technology adoption and usage.
        • P. Arora (2012). Reconfiguring village studies - "Rural Poverty = Information Poverty? Computers as new knowledge brokers in rural India.
      • P. Arora (2011, augustus 1). The Dot Com Mantra book. Imperica
      • P. Arora (2016). Prizes for innovation: Impact analysis in the ICTs for Education sector. (Extern rapport). : United Nations Education Commission
      • P. Arora (Interview) (2011, okt 21). New media, education and South Asia. [radio-uitzending]. In Dilshad Deyani Show. Texas radio.
      • P. Arora (Live video coverage of talk) (2011, dec 12). Does culture matter? Business Communication in this digital and global age. [televisie-uitzending]. In Leaders of Tomorrow. Jordan Live TV.
      • P. Arora (Video interview) (2011, apr 15). Entrepreneurship and new media learning:. [webcast]. In One Minute Education. HOPE.
  • Media and Business Transformations

    Media and Business Transformations
    Year level

    Master's Thesis Media Studies

    Master's Thesis Media Studies
    Year level
    MA, MA, MA, MA

    Globalization, Digitalization and Cult.

    Globalization, Digitalization and Cult.
    Year level

    Master Class

    Master Class
    Year level
    MA, MA, MA, MA

    Fake News

    Fake News
    Year level
    MA-1, MA-2
  • University
    Erasmus University Rotterdam
    Erasmus School of Philosophy
    The Netherlands


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