Sara M. Watson is a writer and technology critic. She is an affiliate with the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, and a writer in residence at Digital Asia Hub. She was recently a research fellow at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University.
Sara writes and speaks about emerging issues in the intersection of technology, culture, and society. She advocates for a constructive approach to technology criticism that not only critiques, but also offers alternatives. Her writing appears in The Atlantic, Wired, The Washington Post, Slate, Motherboard, 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.
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 splits time between Singapore and Cambridge. 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, cheeseboards, 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