Vivek Srinivasan, Stanford University

I am a social scientist based at Stanford University.  My academic and activist work have mainly centered on improving the delivery of basic public services such as health, education and nutrition services.  Prior to joining Stanford, I did my Ph.D. at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University.  Before that, I coordinated the Support Group of India’s Right to Food Campaign.  [Get to know me better…]



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Why does Tamil Nadu provide public services much more effectively than most other states of India?



How can we harness the power of technology to make governments more transparent, accountable and democratic

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How I became interested in TN’s public services

My training in mainstream economics and my social background had convinced me that government programmes to address hunger were a waste of public resources. I adhered to the idea that they should be eliminated in favour of promoting economic growth. That changed in 2002 when I travelled to the Chambal Valley of Madhya Pradesh, which was suffering its third consecutive year of drought. Here is a short note on that transformation.

Hyderi Mansion in 1947

Hyderi Mansion: Gandhi’s greatest moment in shambles

A note and some pictures from a bittersweet visit to the place where Gandhi sat on a fast for peace at the dawn of India’s independence. Hyderi Mansion (Calcutta) lies in shambles today, much like his memory.


Combatting corruption with mobile phones

A project for proactive transparency using mobile phones


Two tips for expressing love to your wife

On using academic training to express love…and if you are wondering what a squirrel is doing here, read on!


Thinking of NREGA from the beautiful Adirondacks

The spectacular work of CCC in restoring the Adirondacks after fire gives me some dreams for NREGA in India.


NREGA for the disabled

NREGA presents an unprecedented opportunity for disabled persons across India to earn a living and to showcase their talents. But as things stand, NREGA is not designed for disabled people to participate in it, but we can change it all with some tweaking.

Do I get to oversee humans if I am right more often?

Human Mirror Test: Should we use AI?

The Human Mirror Test Designers and Product Managers often come to me with questions about whether we should use AI, given issues like bias, hallucinations, and inaccuracies. These are big concerns that need to be thought through. However, I believe that avoiding AI altogether usually does more harm than good. To help us reflect on […]

Dancing with an attentive wife

Dancing with my attentive wife

What started as a dance ended as a story!


P2: Dynamic Information Architecture: Rethinking IA Principles for the AI Era

Research methods to create good information architecture have to change in the world of dynamic IA.


P1: Research Methods for Information Architecture

Introduction Information architecture (IA) is the practice of organizing, structuring, and labeling content within websites, intranets, and other digital platforms to help users find and navigate through information efficiently. It plays a crucial role in creating user-friendly, accessible, and efficient digital spaces that facilitate effective communication and interaction. As technology continues to advance and user […]

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Welcome to the GPT-4 Revolution: AI’s Next-Level Image and Text Capabilities

First look at GPT-4 released today.


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