Sara M. Watson is a technology critic and Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. Her work addresses how individuals are learning to live with their personal data, in particular as more technologies like wearable sensors and the Internet of Things tie our bodies and our physical environment to data. Her award winning thesis examined the personal data interests of the Quantified Self community. Sara’s research interests include algorithmic literacy, personal data and the digital self, and society’s relationships to technologies and infrastructures. She is also interested in how technological change gets written and talked about in popular culture. Her writing has appeared in The AtlanticWiredHarvard Business Review, and Slate.

Sara also consults with technology companies about their data practices and policies. She has worked with companies such as Crimson Hexagon, Brightcove, and The World Economic Forum. She got her start as an enterprise technology analyst at The Research Board, exploring the implications of large-scale technological trends for Fortune 500 CIOs.

Sara holds an MSc in the Social Science of the Internet with distinction from the Oxford Internet Institute, and graduated from Harvard College magna cum laude with a joint degree in English and American Literature and Film Studies.


I tweet. I sometimes collect mediology. I post pictures on flickr and Instagram. I review books on Goodreads and I run a Tech Book Club in Cambridge, MA. I lived in Chongqing for a year. I'm married to the brilliant and intrepid Nick R. Smith. And I like making lists.

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