42th Lecture

Metamorphoses - Talking Technology,

Metamorphoses - Talking Technology

Professor Yochai Benkler

Author & Berkman Professor of Entrepreneurial Legal Studies at Harvard Law School

May 3, 2018


The round-table aims to focus on the impact of intersection of internet & social media on democratic societies and extend further to how new age technologies are shaping both growth and inequality.


There is no denying that the world has quite embraced technology. From speedy access to the Internet on-the-go to the ability to instantly get in touch with anyone in the world, recent technological developments have become integral to our lifestyles. The digital world has an impressive foot print of 2.2 billion active users around the world, which in the last year alone has risen by 176 million.

The round-table will focus on the intersection of internet and social media on democratic societies and its impact on political communications, democratic governance and discourse. Additionally, the discussion will include how automation and robotics could lead to significant destabilization of labor markets in many countries around the world with an emphasis on the growth patterns of the middle class.


  • Positive and negative effects of decentralization of the ability to publish and mobilize on social media
  • Influence of robotics, Artificial Intelligence, labor platforms, and distributed energy on life and work in India
  • Cloud computing and use of technology beginning to revolutionize how the world economy functions


Professor Yochai Benkler

He is the Berkman Professor of Entrepreneurial Legal Studies at Harvard Law School, and faculty co-director of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. His books include The Wealth of Networks: How social production transforms markets and freedom (Yale University Press 2006), which won academic awards from the American Political Science Association, the American Sociological Association, and the McGannon award for social and ethical relevance in communications.

Ambassador Shyam Saran

He joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1970 and has served in several capitals of the world including Beijing, Tokyo and Geneva. He has been India's Ambassador to Myanmar, Indonesia and Nepal and High Commissioner to Mauritius. He has also served as the Prime Minister's Special Envoy for Nuclear Affairs and Climate Change. After a career spanning 34 years in the Indian Foreign Service, he was appointed as the India's Foreign Secretary. In January 2011 Shyam Saran was awarded the Padma Bhushan, for his contributions to civil service.

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