Payal Arora PhD (Columbia University) is the author of Dot Com Mantra: Social Computing in the Central Himalayas (Ashgate 2010), The Leisure Commons: A Spatial History of Web 2.0 (Routledge, 2014; winner of the EUR Fellowship Award), as well as co-author of Crossroads in New media, Identity & Law: The Shape of Diversity to Come (forth, Palgrave) and Poor@Play: Digital Life beyond the West (in contract; Harvard University Press). She has consulted numerous organizations including GE, World Bank, hp, Shell, and Sotheby’s. She sits on several boards: the Global Media Journal, UNT’s South Asian Media, Arts & Culture Research Center and the World Women Global Council in NYC. She is based in the Department of Media and Communication at Erasmus University Rotterdam.

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