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Arun Sundararajan

Professor, New York University; Founder, Peer Collaborative

based in , United Kingdom

Arun Sundararajan is Professor and NEC Faculty Fellow at New York University's Leonard N. Stern School of Business. He also heads the Social Cities Initiative at NYU's Center for Urban Science+Progress, and is an affiliated faculty member at NYU's Center for Data Science.

Professor Sundararajan's research program studies how digital technologies transform business and society. His exploration of the collaborative-peer-sharing economy stems from an early interest in online trust systems that emerged when trading concert tapes and set lists on Usenet groups. A significant fraction of his current research aims to understand the impact of new peer-to-peer activity on economic growth, how to measure employment in an economy that is increasingly freelance, the right division of regulatory responsibility between platforms and governments, the nature of digital trust, invisible infrastructure, new ownership structures for the institutions that power this new economy, funding capital contributions to a collaborative-peer-sharing society, and creating models of sharing that reduce inequity and transcend socioeconomic trade barriers.

Some of his other current and recent research focuses on the governance of digital spaces, social media and cities, digital institutions, contagion in networks, privacy strategy, pricing in digital markets and managing online piracy. He has published in numerous scientific journals and has given more than 200 conference and invited presentations internationally. His research has been recognized by four Best Paper awards, been supported by organizations that include Yahoo!, Microsoft, Google and IBM, and recently profiled by trade publications that include The Atlantic, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Fast Company, the Financial Times, Forbes, the San Francisco Chronicle and the Wall Street Journal.

Arun's op-eds and expert commentary have appeared in TIME Magazine, the New Yorker, the New York Times, Le Monde, El Pais, Wired, TechCrunch, the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times and Harvard Business Review, and on Al Jazeera, BBC News, Bloomberg, CNN, CNBC, Fox, NPR, PBS, Reuters and a variety of non-English language TV networks. He has served as Director of NYU Stern's IS Doctoral Program since 2007, and is one of the founders of the Workshop on Information in Networks. He holds degrees from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras and the University of Rochester.

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