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Payal Arora

The Next Billion Users

Dr. Payal Arora is the author of several books, most recent being ‘The Next Billion Users: Digital Life beyond the West’ with Harvard University Press.  She has published over 50 papers in the field of internet user experiences in the Global South and has given 150 presentations across 85 cities in 35 countries, including a TEDx talk on the future of the internet. She has consulted for both public and private sector organizations such as HP, Dutch Brewers, GE, and UNESCO and sits on several boards including Facebook Social Science One Advisory Committee, Columbia University’s Earth Institute Connect to Learn, and The World Women Global Council in New York. She has held Fellow positions at NYU, GE, ITSRio and ZeMKI at the University of Bremen. She earned her Masters in International Policy from Harvard University and a PhD in International Development from Columbia University. She is an Associate Professor at Erasmus University Rotterdam, founder of an activist organization Catalyst Lab and Section Editor for a University of California Press Journal – Global Perspectives.