Recent Activity

Spring – Summer 2022

As part of my Fulbright Specialist tenure, I did a summer residency at the Bern University of Applied Sciences (Switzerland). The residency included a keynote at the TRANSFORM 2022: Shape the State conference, an interview with the Der Bund newspaper, student workshops, meetings with members of parliament, and other activities.

I presented my work at the University of California at Berkeley’s Science, Policy and Ethics Symposium, the Laboratoire Architecture Ville Urbanisme Environnement (France), Universidade Federal do Pará (Brazil), and Universidade Católica de Pernambuco (Brazil). The talk Data Colonialism and Digital Border Walls was presented at the Biennale Warsawa (Poland), where my co-authored article The decolonial turn in data and technology research was translated into Polish.

Other events included my participation in the panel A New Era of Democracy during the RadicalxChange Annual Conference, the Youth and the Future of AI Conference, a workshop I delivered for Mijente’s El Instituto de Formación Politica, participation in the round table Experimentalism and the Fourth Industrial Revolution organized by The Open Data Institute (UK), a talk on Digital Sovereignty for the Brussels School of Governance, and a talk at the Association for Computational Linguistics during their program on Natural Language Processing Power.

I was interviewed for the series Training the Archive by the Ludwig Forum Aachen (Germany). The Wondros Podcast episode where I appeared received more than 10,000 views, and my work was referenced in TechCrunch, Jacobin Magazine, and MIT Technology Review, where my co-authored work was described as “one of the foundational texts that first proposed a ‘data colonialism.’”

My book The Costs of Connection (co-authored with Nick Couldry), has been translated and published in Italy as Il prezzo della conessione.

Fall 2021

The journal Information, Communication & Society published my co-authored article The decolonial turn in data and technology research: What is at stake and where is it heading? (which already has over 3,000 views in the journal page).

I presented my work at Monash University (Australia), Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Occidente (Mexico), and Seoul National University (South Korea). I co-delivered a workshop for the series Reimaginar el Futuro in Chile (funded by the Ford Foundation).

During this period, I was a panelist at the summit of the Open Data Institute (which was launched by Tim Berners Lee), and at an event organized by the Global Health Center (Geneva). In addition, I was interviewed for the video series Peru: Futuro Cambio Constante, and for the German magazine Qiio, as well as for the series Encuentro de Cultura Digital organized by the Chilean Ministry of Culture.

By invitation, I served as a reviewer for the Social Science Research Council and the Communication, Capitalism & Critique journal.

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Biography

I was born in Mexico City, but I’ve lived in the US most of my life. I did my Ed.D. at Teachers College, Columbia University, in the Communication, Computing and Technology in Education program. Previously, I was Director of Learning Systems Design at eCornell, where I was the principal architect behind the company’s patented approach to online learning systems design and production (download a white paper here). My wife is Asma Barlas, a scholar of Qur’anic hermeneutics.

Portrait of Prof. Mejias by Julio Valenzuela, 2013
Portrait of Prof. Mejias by Julio Valenzuela, 2013