Sara M. Watson

Sara M. Watson is a technology critic and a Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. Her work explores how people are learning to live with, understand, and interpret data. Sara is interested in the interactions between users, data and algorithms, and the internet platforms that mediate and govern digital experiences. She aims to uncover the ways that corporations, governments, and individuals use data from wearable sensors, the internet of things, and other digitally processed systems. And she examines and influences public discourse on technological change in popular culture. Sara’s writing has appeared in The AtlanticAl Jazeera AmericaWiredHarvard Business Review, and Slate.

At Berkman, Sara contributes to the Center’s cybersecurity and internet health data initiatives. She spearheads Berkman’s Study Group program and convenes a number of discussion groups, including Tech Book Club and Angry Tech Salon. She is also a Digital Ecologies Research Partnership (DERP) Fellow.

Sara has previously worked as an enterprise technology analyst at The Research Board (Gartner, Inc.), exploring implications of technological trends for Fortune 500 CIOs. She consults with organizations such as Crimson Hexagon, Brightcove, and The World Economic Forum on data practices and policies.

Sara holds an MSc in the Social Science of the Internet with distinction from the Oxford Internet Institute, where her award winning thesisexamined the personal data interests of the Quantified Self community. She graduated from Harvard College magna cum laude with a joint degree in English and American Literature and Film Studies. Her disciplinary influences include media studies, science and technology studies, anthropology, and literature.