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Sara M. Watson is a technology critic, an affiliate with the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, and a writer in residence at Digital Asia Hub.

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.



Featured Work:

Toward a Constructive Technology Criticism, Columbia Journalism Review

What the UK can learn from Singapore's smart city, Wired UK

Bits of Me, Schirn Mag

Data Doppelgängers and the Uncanny Valley of Personalization, The Atlantic



Feb 17, 2015

Youth and Online News: Reflections and Perspectives

Youth and Media is pleased to announce the publication of "Youth and Online News: Reflections and Perspectives," a series of short essays written by friends and colleagues that… More


Nov 21, 2013

Meet members of the 2013-2014 Berkman Community: Sara M. Watson and Yang Cao

This week we are featuring two interviews with 2013-2014 Berkman Fellows as part of an ongoing series showcasing individuals in the Berkman community. Conducted by our 2013 summer… More


Mar 25, 2015 @ 6:00 PM

Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World

With Berkman Fellow, Bruce Schneier. Moderated by Jonathan Zittrain with special guests, Yochai Benkler, Joe Nye, Sara Watson and Melissa Hathaway.

In Data and Goliath, security expert Bruce Schneier offers another path, one that values both security and privacy. He shows us exactly what we can do to reform our government… More

Apr 29, 2014 @ 12:30 PM

Living with Data: Stories that Make Data More Personal

with Berkman Fellow, Sara Watson

We are becoming data. Between our mobile phones, browser history, wearable sensors, and connected devices in our homes, there's more data about us than ever before. So how are we… More