Sara M. Watson is an independent writer and technology critic. Sara writes and speaks about emerging issues in the intersection of technology, culture, and society. Her writing appears in The AtlanticWiredThe Washington PostSlateMotherboard, and other publications. 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 the implications of technological trends—like cloud computing, collaboration software, and big data—for Fortune 500 CIOs.

Sara has been a fellow and affiliate with the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University and a research fellow at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University. 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 interdisciplinary work continues to draw from media studies, science and technology studies, anthropology, and literature.

Sara is based in Singapore with her partner, Nick R. Smith. She sends an occasional newsletter about their adventures in Southeast Asia and will take up any opportunity to travel. She tweets @smwat.


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