V. Sridhar

( This is the personal web site of V. Sridhar )

Professor, Centre for IT and Public Policy (CITAPP)

International Institute of Information Technology Bangalore, India

recent Book

Sridhar, V. (2022). Data Centric Living: Algorithms, Digitization and Regulation. Edited Volume. Routledge. Hardcover: ISBN 9780367536534; Paperback: ISBN 9780367554170. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003093442. Watch my video prelude here.

recent articles in Journals

Mitra, Anuradha., Sridhar, V., Sarangi, Gopal. (Accepted). Spectrum Administration for Mobile Services in India: Need for a Regime Change. Journal of Information Policy.

Prasad, Rohit., Aeron, Prageet., Sridhar, V. (2022). New determinants of spectrum price in a 5G world. Applied Economics. https://doi.org/10.1080/00036846.2022.2094332

Gupta, Shagufta., Ghosh, Poulomi., Sridhar, V. (2022). Impact of Data Trade Restrictions on IT Services Export: A Cross-Country Analysis. Telecommunications Policy. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.telpol.2022.102403

Dhamange, Prachi., Soni, Sarthak, Sridhar, V., Rao, Shrisha. (2022). Market Dynamics and Regulation of a Crowd-Sourced AI Marketplace. IEEE Access. https://doi.org/10.1109/ACCESS.2022.3171254

Sridhar, V., Prasad, Rohit. (2021). Analysis of Spectrum Pricing for Commercial Mobile Services: A Cross Country Study. Telecommunications Policy. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.telpol.2021.102221 (can be viewed for a limited time at: https://authors.elsevier.com/a/1dRnJ16AgYAzqf ).

Sridhar, V., Girish K, Badrinarayan M. (2020). Analysis of Crowdsourced Data for Estimating Data Speeds across Service Areas of India. Telecommunication Systems. DOI: 10.1007/s11235-020-00736-z

Sridhar, V., Vadivelu, Selvaraj. (2020). Satellite phone development through an off-shore, outsourcing partnership: Client and Vendor Experiences. Journal of Information Technology Teaching Cases. DOI: 10.1177/2043886920951199 .

Potluri, Sai Rakshith, Sridhar, V., Rao, Shrisha. (2020). Effects of Data Localization on Digital Trade: An Agent-Based Modeling Approach. Telecommunications Policy. 44(9). Also Available in SSRN at: https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3904147

Nandakishore, K.N., Sridhar, V., Srikanth, T.K. (2020). Key Quality of Service Attributes of Digital Platforms. Asia Pacific Journal of Information Systems. 30(1), 94-119.

Sridhar, V., Kotta, Chandana. (2020). Regulatory Framework for the National AI Market Place. In Competition and Regulation in India 2019: Digital Economy – Hitting the rest button on Competition and Regulatory Governance, Jaipur, India: CUTS International. ISBN: 978-81-8257-281-2. 131-147.

recent articles in newspapers

Sridhar, V. (September 2022). Resurrecting data regulation in India. East Asia Forum, Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University.

Sridhar, V., Shathir Hussain Sheik, Rohit Prasad. (1 Aug 2022). 5G Auction: Who is the winner?. Business Line.

Sridhar, V. (27 July 2022). A path to global connectivity. The Hindu.

Sridhar, V. (21 July 2022). Fixing Appropriate Reserve Prices for 5G Radio Spectrum. Economic & Political Weekly.

Sridhar, V., Prasad, Rohit. (12 July 2022). Neutral hosts will be a game changer in 5G era. Business Line.

Sridhar, V., Kokkinen, Heikki. (4 July 2022). Prerequisites for dynamic spectrum access. Business Line.
Sridhar, V., Prasad, Rohit. (22 June 2022). Analysing spectrum auction. Hindu.

Prasad, Rohit., Sridhar, V. (16 June 2022). Split circles, cut the knot. Economic Times.

Sridhar, V. (30 May 2022). “Caller ID” raises privacy, security questions. Business Line.

Sridhar, V., Kala Seetharam Sridhar (18 May 2022). Why the elderly need to be digitally connected? Business Line.

Sridhar, V. (4 May 2022). Musk acquires Twitter | A buyout that could make a public square private. Hindu.

Sridhar, V. (26 Apr 2022). Are spectrum reserve prices too high? Business Line.

Sridhar, V. (20 Apr 2022). Will TRAI’s latest recommendation benefit the industry? The Hindu In Focus Podcast.

Sridhar, V. (5 Apr 2022). Can SAT phones make it commercially? Business Line.

Sridhar, V. (1 Mar 2022). Reporting cyber attacks. The Hindu.

Sridhar, V. (11 Feb 2022). Creating a monopoly or healthy competition. Business Line.

Sridhar, V. (12 Jan 2022). Phone-a-friend to VI's help. Economic Times.

Prasad, Rohit, Sridhar, V. (25 Nov 2021). A unified regulatory framework. The Hindu.

Sridhar, V. (16 Nov 2021). The bumpy road to 5G rollout in India. East Asia Forum, Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University.

Sridhar, V., Prasad, Rohit. (21 Sep 2021). Telecom industry gets a timely lifeline. Business Line.

Sridhar, V. (August 2021). Together we can go digital. Voice & Data. 50-51.

Sridhar, V., Sridhar, Kala. (16 Jun 2021). Social media regulation must ensure fair-play. Hindu Business Line.

Sridhar, V. (29 Jan 2021). Global antitrust and the challenge for the Big Tech. Hindu.

Sridhar, V. (9 Jan 2021). Imperfect markets: On whether Southasia’s digital space should be regulated. Himal Southasian.

Sridhar, V. (31 December 2020). What to look for in 2021: Ten trends in ICTs. YOURSTORY.

Sridhar, V., Prasad, Rohit. (22 Dec 2020). Key steps to get this spectrum auction right. The Hindu.

recent Funded projects

Sridhar, V., Balaji, Parthasarathy, & Preeti Mudliar. Online and offline livelihoods - An analysis of the impact of the gig economy on worker participation. Azim Premji University Research Grant. Funded by Azim Premji University (Oct 2019 – Mar 2021) for INR 19,55,800.

Sridhar, V. & Shrisha Rao. Regulatory Impact Assessment of the National AI Market Place of India. Facebook AI Ethics Research Grant funded by Facebook (Oct 2019-Mar 2020). For INR 14,08,750.

Sridhar, V. & Prasad, Rohit. The Future of Licensed Spectrum in a 5G-OTT World. Funded by the Indian Institute of Management IDEA Telecom Centre of Excellence (Apr 2019-Dec 2020) for INR 18,48,230.


Balaji Raykar, D., & Sridhar, V. (2022, February). Elicitation of Personal Data Categories for Implementing Data Protection: An Exploratory Study in an Educational Institution. In 15th Innovations in Software Engineering Conference (pp. 1-10).

recent TALKs

Invited moderator for the session on “Understanding 6G, Standards, and Related Issues and Concerns” at the International Conference on Ethical 6G, 17th August 2022, New Delhi.

Invited Research Seminar on “Data Localization Regulations and their impact on Digital Trade”. Institute for Information Policy and Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICT4D) Consortium, Penn State University, USA. 22 April 2022.

Invited Research Seminar on “Gig worker interaction in online labor markets”. USC Annenberg Research Seminar. Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, University of Southen California, USA. 18 April 2022.

Invited panelist in the session on “The rise of virtual governments” in the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Journal of Law and Technology (JOLT) Special Issue Symposium on “Governing the Digital Space”. University of California Los Angeles, U.S.A. 15 April 2022.

Coordinated and Presented at the Online Workshop on “Startup Ecosystem and Competition”. Co-hosted by the Competition Commission of India and IIIT Bangalore. 4 Feb 2022.

Moderated the session on “Fraud Frontiers: Rising digital footprints and fraud possibilities”. In NASSCOM-DSCI Annual Information Security Summit 2021. 17 December 2021.

Invited talk on "Telecom Relief Package" at the ITU Asia Pacific Telecommunications forum (ITU-APT) Foundation of India. 8 October 2020.

Coordinated (with Balaji Parthasarthy and Preeti Mudliar) and Presented at the Webinar on “Online and Offline Livelihoods: An analysis of the Gig Economy”. IIIT Bangalore. 23 Sep 2021.

Talk on “Analysis of radio spectrum pricing for commercial mobile services: A cross country study”. IIIT Bangalore Samvaad Series. 13 September 2021.

Invited speaker on “Regulatory Impact Assessment of the National AI Market Place (NAIM) of India. In the Ethics in AI Talk Series. Organized by IIIT Bangalore, IIT Jodhpur and Facebook. 12 August 2021.

Invited speaker on “Foundational Digital IDs: Country Experiences” in the IEEE 2021 Virtual Conference on Norbert Wiener of the 21st Century pre-conference workshop of the IEEE SA Digital Inclusion, Identity, Trust and Agency (InDIITA). 22 July 2021

Research seminar titled “Data Localization Regulations: Impact on Digital Trade”. Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, University of Southern California, U.S. 28 May 2021.

Invited speaker for the session on “Exploring Markets and Regulation for Non-Personal Data” at the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), Bangalore Chapter. 17 Mar 2021.

Invited speaker at the F- Tech 2.0 Confluence of emerging technologies organized by Sterlite Technologies on “Application of 5-G Technologies in Emerging Business Environment”, 28 Nov 2020.

Invited panelist in the Webinar on "Does your COVID-19 tracing app follow you for ever?". IEEE Standard Association - Digital Inclusion, Identity, Trust and Agency (DIITA). 9 Jul 2020.

Invited panelist in the Webinar on "Frauds in the time of COVID-19 - Phishing, payment frauds and dark web activities". Best Practices Meet 2020, Data Security Council of India (DSCI). 8 Jul 2020.

Invited panelist in the Webinar on "The explosion of online higher education in India during the COVID - 19 Pandemic". Observer Research Foundation. 13 May 2020.

Talk on authored book on “Emerging ICT Policies and Regulations: Roadmap to Digital Economies” at Carnegie India (5 Feb 2020), Indian Institute of Management Lucknow (29 Feb 2020).

Invited panelist for the session titled “New Age Competition & Regulatory Challenges and the Way Forward”. In the workshop on “Digital Economy – Hitting the reset button on competition and regulatory governance”. Organized by Consumer Unity Trust & Society. New Delhi.. 5 Feb 2020.

Invited speaker on “Overview of Cyber Security in the Geo-spatial domain”, International Workshop on Advanced Spatial Analytics and Deep Learning for Geospatial Applications. Bengaluru, 20-31 January 2020.