Talk Pocket Democracy: „Beyond the Valley“: Book Talk with Ramesh Srinivasan

Pocket Democracy: „Beyond the Valley“: Book Talk with Ramesh Srinivasan © MIT Press, Andres Cuervo

Thu, 10/24/2019

The Cloud Room

Chophouse Row
1424 11th Ave.
Suite 101
Seattle, WA 98122

How can digital democracy be recognized and used?

“Pocket Democracy” is a two-day workshop and conference between Berlin and Seattle, investigating digital technologies as means for alternative political solutions.
Goethe Pop Up Seattle and Thomas Mann House Los Angeles, in collaboration with STATE Berlin, World Affairs Council, and UW Center for West European Studies and European Union Center, welcome Ramesh Srinivasan for a talk about his new book Beyond the Valley.
In his new, provocative book, Ramesh Srinivasan describes the internet as both an enabler of frictionless efficiency and a dirty tangle of politics, economics, and other inefficient, inharmonious human activities. Focusing on the disconnect between designers and users, producers and consumers, Srinivasan takes the reader across the world, visiting the “design labs” of rural, low-income, and indigenous people in hope to find a more democratic internet.
To make a better internet, Srinivasan says, we need a new ethic of diversity, openness, and inclusivity, empowering those now excluded from decisions about how technologies are designed, who profits from them, and who are surveilled and exploited by them.
Light refreshments to follow the talk.
Participation is free, but space is limited, so please register here.
This is an evening event of a conference taking place over two days. All guests are invited to participate in the workshop earlier in the day and Pocket Democracy’s public conference at Central Library Seattle the following day, October 25th.
For a detailed schedule of “Pocket Democracy” and registration information for each event, please visit