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I am a Visiting Lecturer in Ethics of Technology at TU Delft (The Netherlands). In 2016, I finished my PhD in the "Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology" from Arizona State University.

Most of my research is focused on the intersection of (information) technology, political economy, and social theory. I wrote a dissertation about the techno-politics of "smart urbanism." Check out the dissertation tab if you want to know more.

In general, I am interested in how issues such as power asymmetries, uneven development, and competing values influence the design and use of digital tech. I believe that by analyzing the institutions, interests, ideologies, and material conditions that influence how/what socio-technical systems are built we can then better engage with their impacts and guide their creation. To that end, my work is typically concerned with transformative technologies that are being used to shape society—at different scales, to different degrees, and by different actors—now and in the near future.

I am also a freelance writer. I've published features, op-eds, and book reviews about the politics/ethics of technology for many popular media outlets, such as The Guardian, The Nation, and Al Jazeera America. See the media tab for a list of my pubs. If you want to commission work, then contact me via email or twitter.

I am a member of the 4TU.Centre for Ethics and Technology. I am also affiliated with some research centers and projects at ASU. However, the contents of this website are my own. For the sake of publicity, here are some major ones:
Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes
Center for Nanotechnology in Society
Center for Science and the Imagination
— Frankenstein Bicentennial Project | 1818 – 2018

Email: J.W.Sadowski [at] tudelft.nl