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Velislava Hillman obtained her PhD in Media and Communications in 2018 from University of Westminster, UK. Her thesis focused on identifying how children learned and what they creatively produced through the use of digital media in school in juxtaposition to their creative engagements with digital media at home.

Having spent over ten years researching children, pre-teens and teens, Velislava developed a number of media publications for the younger audiences through which she has continuously reinforced the need to voice and acknowledge children’s and young people's perspectives on as well as experiences and interests in everything from everyday phenomena to career choices, from social and emotional issues to digital media technologies.

While at Harvard's Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, Velislava will dedicate her time to develop a platform based on decentralised technologies that can serve to voice children's and young people's perspectives and enable them to take an active role in shaping education.


Emerging Digital Issues from the Global South Working Group
Oct 1, 2019

Think South: Reimagining the Internet

Raising voices of our global community through poetry, indigenous art, and short pieces

Jan 15, 2019

Get to Know Berkman Klein Fellow Velislava Hillman

a spotlight on one of our 2018-2019 BKC Fellows

Velislava Hillman researches young people’s perspectives on digital technologies as tools for creating things, connecting with others, and learning, and the long term impacts of…



The US Government Should Be Bold in Regulating AI and Data Collection

Russell Newman, Nick Couldry, Velislava Hillman, Mitzi László and Gregory Narr discuss the comments to the US Federal Trade Commission's Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on…

Sep 18, 2023

4 Ways the New EU Digital Acts Fall Short and How to Remedy It

BKC associates delve into the shortcomings of EU’s legislation addressing digital giants. “The gaps we see in these new regulations are less matters of language than a…

Jul 5, 2022

Emerging Technology & Human Rights

Domain experts from MIT, Harvard, and RightsCon offer insight into the intersection of emerging tech and human rights.

Aug 31, 2019
LSE Impact Blog

As schools become suffused with ed-tech, is the only response to constant surveillance the right to remain silent?

Velislava Hillman asks whether the constant monitoring, micromanagement and data collection of students can guarantee a safe environment for students

Jul 16, 2019

The Tech Industry is Hijacking School Data. But Decentralized Systems Can Change That.

When it comes to children’s school data we should ask who controls it, what is it worth and how will it impact their lives.

Feb 13, 2019