Advisory Board

Lara Srivastava, B.A. (Honors), M.A., LL.B., M Sc.

KurzweilAI.net reported that the UN was predicting an “internet of things”. The site went on to say

Changes brought about by the Internet will be dwarfed by those prompted by the networking of everyday objects, says a report by a UN body. The study looks at how the use of electronic tags and sensors could create an “internet of things”. The report, entitled The Internet of Things, by the International Telecommunications Union was released at the UN’s World Summit on the Information Society in Tunis. Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), sensors, robotics and nanotechnology will make processing power increasingly available in smaller and smaller packages so that networked computing dissolves into the fabric of things around us.

The lead author for this report was Lara Srivastava.
 
Lara Srivastava, B.A. (Honors), M.A., LL.B., M Sc. is ITU New Initiatives Programme Director with the Strategy and Policy Unit (SPU) of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in Geneva (Switzerland).
 
Lara has over 10 years of experience in the telecommunication industry. She is currently responsible for monitoring and analyzing trends in information and communication technology, policy, and market structure, with a particular focus on mobile and wireless communications. She organizes and advises on workshops and symposia programmes, covering topics of interest to policymakers, regulators and industry. In this context, she acts as Programme Director for ITU’s New Initiatives Programme, and contributes to programme development for the global ITU TELECOM Forum.
 
She also writes and manages publications produced by the ITU’s Strategy and Policy Unit. These include The Internet of Things (2005), The Portable Internet (2004), Licensing of 3G Mobile (2001), Shaping the Future Mobile Information Society (2004) and Ubiquitous Network Societies (2005). She has published several articles in refereed journals such as INFO and Telecommunications Policy, and in books such as the recent Asia Unplugged (2005, Sage Publications) and Thumb Culture (2005, Bielefeld), on topics ranging from the mobile Internet and market regulation to the growing nexus between technology and society. She has been invited as guest lecturer and speaker by a number of academic institutions and international conferences.
 
Before joining ITU some six years ago, Lara worked for the Legal Department of the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunication Commission (CRTC), the Technical University of Delft (Netherlands) as a Research Fellow in telecommunication regulatory reform, and for the UK-based telecommunication consultancy Analysys as part of its management consultant team. She has also had the opportunity to work for an Internet start-up company, App-Tap, as strategic manager.
 
She holds a B.A. Honors degree and Master of Arts in French Literature from Queen’s University (Canada) and a French Studies Diploma from the Université de Strasbourg (France). She received a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) from the University of Ottawa (Canada) and an Advanced Post-Graduate Diploma in International Law and Telecommunications from the Université de Panthéon-Assas Paris II (France). In 1996, she was also selected as one of the Canadian student representatives for the International Space University (ISU) in Vienna, Austria. She completed a Master of Science (M.Sc) in Technology Policy at the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) of the University of Sussex (UK) for which she was granted the Canadian Science Policy Scholarship. She is a qualified barrister and solicitor, and a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada.
 
In her free time, Lara enjoys acting (film, theatre), singing (jazz, musicals), sailing and hiking.