Nithya Sambasivan

I am a researcher at PAIR, Google Research and lead of the Human Computer Interaction group at Google Research India, Bangalore. My research is in solving hard, socially-important design and technical problems impacting marginalised communities in the Global South. My current research focuses on re-imagining Responsible AI fundamentals to work for non-Western communities. Within Google, my research has been foundational to the focus on next billion users, incorporated into core products and strategies affecting millions of users. I have a PhD in Information and Computer Sciences from the University of California, Irvine.

nithyasamba [at] google [dot] com


Publications:

Sambasivan, N.
Seeing like a Dataset from the Global South
ACM interactions 28(4) (July 2021). [PDF]

Sambasivan, N., Kapania, S., Highfill, H., Akrong, D., Paritosh, P., Aroyo, L.
“Everyone wants to do the model work, not the data work”: Data Cascades in High-stakes AI
CHI 2021. [PDF] [Blog] [Talk]
[Best of CHI]

Sambasivan, N., Arnesen, E., Hutchinson, B., Doshi, T., Prabhakaran, V.
Re-imagining Algorithmic Fairness in India and Beyond.
FaccT 2021 [PDF] [Talk].

Sambasivan, N., Arnesen, E., Hutchinson, B., Prabhakaran, V.
Non-portability of Algorithmic Fairness in India
Navigating the Broader of Impacts of AI Research, NeurIPS 2020 workshop. [PDF] [Talk]

Thakkar, D., Kumar. N., Sambasivan, N.
Beyond the Portal: Re-imagining the Post-pandemic Future of Work.
ACM interactions 27(6) (November 2020) [HTML].

Thakkar, D., Kumar. N., Sambasivan, N.
Towards an AI-powered Future that Works for Vocational Workers.
CHI 2020 [PDF].

Toward Gender Equity Online.
April 2019. [PDF] | [Blog] | [Sample Talk]

Sambasivan, N., Batool, A., Ahmed, N., Matthews, T., Thomas, K., Gaytán-Lugo, L., Nemer, D., Bursztein, E., Churchill, E. and Consolvo, S.
Toward Gender-Equitable Privacy and Security in South Asia. [PDF]
IEEE Security & Privacy. 17. (2019). 71-77.

Sambasivan, N.
The Remarkable Illusions of Technology for Social Good
ACM interactions 26(3) (July 2019), 64-67. [PDF]

Sambasivan, N., Batool, A., Ahmed, N., Matthews, T., Thomas, K., Gaytán-Lugo, L., Nemer, D., Bursztein, E., Churchill, E. and Consolvo, S.
“They Don’t Leave Us Alone Anywhere We Go”: Gender and Digital Abuse in South Asia
CHI 2019 [PDF]
[Best of CHI]

Sambasivan, N. and Holbrook, J.
Towards Responsible AI for the Next Billion Users. [PDF]
ACM interactions 26(1) (January 2019), 68-71.

Sambasivan, N., Checkley, G., Batool, A., Ahmed, N., Nemer, D., Gaytán-Lugo, L., Matthews, T., Consolvo, S., and Churchill, E.
“Privacy is not for me, it’s for those rich women”: Performative Privacy Practices on Mobile Phones by Women in South Asia
SOUPS 2018 [PDF]
[IAPP Distinguished Privacy Award]

Thakkar, D.*, Sambasivan, N.*, Yardi, P., Sudarshan, P., and Toyama, K.
The Unexpected Entry and Exodus of Indian Women in CS and HCI
CHI 2018. [PDF | Google blog post | Indian scientist role model videos (with Divy Thakkar)]

Sambasivan, N., Checkley, G., Ahmed, N., and Batool, A.
Gender equity in technologies. [PDF]
ACM interactions 25, 1 (December 2017), 58-61.

Sambasivan, N. and Aoki, P.M.
Imagined Connectivities: Synthesized Conceptions of Public Wi-Fi in Urban India.
CHI 2017. [PDF]

Dye, M., Nemer, D., Pina, L., Sambasivan, N., Bruckman, A. and Kumar, N.
Locating the Internet in the Parks of Havana.
CHI 2017 [PDF]
[Best of CHI honourable mention]

Sambasivan, N., Jain, N., Checkley G., Baki, A. and Herr, T.
A framework for technology design in emerging markets. [PDF]
ACM interactions 24, 3 (April 2017), 70-73.

Sambasivan, N., Lee, P., Hecht, G., Aoki, P.M., Carrera, M.-I., Chen, J.,  Youssefmir, M., Cohn, D.P.,  Kruskall, P.,  Wetchler,  E. and Larssen, A.T.
SmartBrowse: Design and Evaluation of a Mobile Data Price Transparency Tool for Mobile Web Use.
ITID 11 (1), Spring 2015, 21-40. [PDF]
[“Best of ICTD” special issue paper]

Sambasivan, N., Azad, G., Aoki, P.M. and Mitra, S.S.
“We call it Hi-Fi”: Exposing Indian Households to High Speed Broadband Wireless Internet.
ICTD 2016. [PDF]

Sambasivan, N., Lee, P., Hecht, G., Aoki, P.M., Carrera, M.-I., Chen, J.,  Youssefmir, M., Cohn, D.P.,  Kruskall, P.,  Wetchler,  E. and Larssen, A.T.
Chale, How Much it Cost to Browse? Results from a Mobile Data Price Transparency Trial in Ghana.
ICTD 2013. [PDF]

Sambasivan, N. and Cutrell, E.
Understanding Negotiation in Airtime Sharing in Low-income Microenterprises.
CHI 2012. [PDF]
[Best of CHI honourable mention]

Dray, S. M., Light, A. E., Evers, V., Dearden, A., Densmore, M., Kam, M., Marsden, G., Ramachandran, D., Sambasivan, N., Smyth, T., Gruenen, D., and Winters, N.
Human Computer Interaction for Development: Changing HCI to Change the World.
Jacko, J. A. (Ed.). Human computer interaction handbook: Fundamentals, evolving technologies, and emerging applications. 2012. CRC press. [preprint PDF]

Sambasivan, N., Cutrell, E., and Weber, J. S.
Designing a Phone Broadcasting System for Urban Sex Workers in India.
CHI 2011. [PDF]
[Best of CHI honourable mention]

Cervantes, R., Warschauer, M., Nardi, B. and Sambasivan, N.
Infrastructures for Low-cost Laptop use in Mexican Schools.
CHI 2011. [PDF]

Sambasivan. N. and Rangaswamy, N.
Cutting Chai, Jugaad, and Here Pheri: towards UbiComp for a global community.
Personal and Ubiquitous Computing. Special issue on the Digital Divide. 15 (6), 2011. pp. 553-564. [PDF]

Sambasivan, N., Cutrell, E., Toyama, K. and Nardi, B.
Intermediated Technology Use in Developing Communities.
CHI 2010. [PDF]
[Best of CHI honourable mention]

Sambasivan, N. and Smyth, T.
The Human Infrastructure in ICTD.
ICTD 2010. [PDF]

Light, A., Ladeira, I., Roberson, J., Bidwell, N. J., Rangaswamy, N., Sambasivan, N. and Gitau, S.
Gender Matters: Female Perspectives in ICT4D Research.
ICTD 2010. [PDF]

Sambasivan, N., Cutrell, E. and Toyama, K.
ViralVCD: Tracing Information-Diffusion Paths with Low Cost Media in Developing Communities.
CHI 2010. [PDF]

Sambasivan, N., Rangaswamy, N., Toyama, K., and Nardi, B.
Encountering Development Ethnographically.
ACM Interactions. XVI.6. 2009, pp. 20-23 [PDF]

Sambasivan, N., Rangaswamy, N., Cutrell, E. and Nardi, B.
Ubicomp4D: Interaction and Infrastructure for International Development-The Case of Urban Indian Slums.
UbiComp 2009 [PDF]

Sambasivan, N., Ventä, L., Mäntyjärvi, J., Isomursu, M., Häkkilä, J.
Designing for Social Context of Mobility: Mobile Applications for Always-on Users.
OzCHI 2009
[PDF]

Dissertation
Production of Use: Reconceptualizing “the User” in Low-income Communities in Urban India, 2012. [Link]
University of California