Sara writes and speaks about emerging issues in the intersection of technology, culture, and society. As a Fellow at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University, Sara researched the writers and publications contributing to the discussion about technology and society. She published a report in the Columbia Journalism Review that proposed a constructive approach to technology criticism that not only critiques, but also offers alternatives. Her writing appears in The Atlantic, Wired, Gizmodo, Motherboard, Harvard Business Review, Al Jazeera America, and Slate. She presents at technology conferences around the globe, including SXSW and O’Reilly Strata.
Sara began her career as an enterprise technology analyst at The Research Board (Gartner, Inc.), exploring implications of technological trends for Fortune 500 CIOs. She holds an MSc in the Social Science of the Internet with distinction from the Oxford Internet Institute, where her award winning thesis examined the personal data practices 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 work continues to draw from media studies, science and technology studies, anthropology, and literature.
Sara splits time between Singapore, Cambridge, and New York. Her partner and co-pilot is Nick R. Smith. She writes an occasional newsletter about their Southeast Asian adventures. She enjoys emoji, karaoke, emoji karaoke, following corgis on Instagram, baking, and list making. She tweets @smwat.
Toward a Constructive Technology Criticism
Columbia Journalism Review
Bits of Me
Data is the New “___”
Living with Data Series
Al Jazeera America