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I am a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Smart Cities in the School of Architecture, Design, and Planning at the University of Sydney. In 2016, I finished my PhD in the "Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology" from Arizona State University.

By studying the political economic aspects of digital systems, I cast a critical eye on technology. Broadly, my research seeks to uncover the often hidden interests and ideologies that influence the design and use of “smart” technologies. Who benefits, who’s included? Who loses, who’s left out?

As a postdoc, my work aims to understand how cities, and practices of urban governance, are being changed by technologies such as ubiquitous surveillance, powerful data analytics, and massive digital platforms. My primary empirical projects include an ethnography of how the City of Parramatta is planning and implementing smart city initiatives. And an interdisciplinary collaboration with the Australian Centre for Field Robotics focused on the challenges of designing and trialling autonomous vehicles for use in shared pedestrian spaces.

My book – Too Smart: How Digital Capitalism is Extracting Data, Controlling Our Lives, and Taking Over the World (March 2020, The MIT Press) analyses how the imperatives of power and profit are updated for digital capitalism and materialized by smart tech. I then outline the impacts that are already emerging in our lives, homes, and cities. Click on the hyperlink or Book tab for more information.

I also write features, opinion pieces, and book reviews about the politics/ethics of technology for many places, such as The Guardian, OneZero, and other outlets. Click on the Essays tab for a list of my (non-academic) publications. If you want to commission work, please contact me via email or twitter.

For my academic work, you can download my CV (September 2019).

Email: Jathan.Sadowski [at] sydney.edu.au
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