My research interests include critical internet studies, network theory and science, philosophy and sociology of technology, and political economy of digital media.
My new book, co-authored with Nick Couldry, is The Costs of Connection: How Data is Colonizing Human Life and Appropriating it for Capitalism. It is forthcoming from Stanford University Press in August 2019. My previous book, Off the Network: Disrupting the Digital World (2013), was published by University of Minnesota Press. Find out more.
- On December 4, 2018, I participated in two events at the Big Data from the South workshop: the lecture “Can Data be Decolonized? Data Relations and the Emerging Social Order of Capitalism” with Nick Couldry, and the public panel “Big Data from the South: Decolonization, Resistance and Creativity” with Payal Arora (Erasmus University Rotterdam), Nick Couldry (London School of Economics) and Merlyna Lim (Carleton University). The workshop took place at the University of Amsterdam and was organized by Stefania Milan and Emiliano Trere.
- Chris Richardson, of the This is Not a Pipe Podcast, published an interview with me about Off the Network.
- On October 12, I presented two papers at the 2018 Association of Internet Researchers Conference in Montreal (both written in collaboration with Nick Couldry): “Can Data be Decolonized? Data Relations and the Emerging Social Order of Capitalism” and “The Entanglement of Computing and Social Ontologies: Consequences and Strategies for Resistance.”
- For the time being, you can still access at no cost the article Nick Couldry and I published in the journal Television and New Media: “Data Colonialism: Rethinking Big Data’s Relation to the Contemporary Subject.” The article is now the most popular piece ever published by the journal, and is in the top 5% of all research outputs ever tracked by Altmetric.
- On Sep 20, 2018, I moderated a panel with Safiya Umoja Noble, author of Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism (February 2018); and Siva Vaidhyanathan, author of Anti-Social Media: How Facebook Disconnects Us and Undermines Democracy (June 2018). The panel was the opening event for the Buffalo Humanities Festival.
- The prototype for Algorithm Observatory is now open for testing. Part media literacy project and part citizen science experiment, this tool can help us understand how algorithms categorize us. The general public is invited to test the prototype.
- Two concepts I developed, nodocentrism and paranodality, are now part of the Oxford Dictionary of Social Media (edited by Daniel Chandler and Rod Munday — behind a paywall).
- Check out the website for my forthcoming book, co-authored with Nick Couldry: The Costs of Connection: How Data is Colonizing Human Life and Appropriating it for Capitalism Capitalization of Life without Limit.
- Humanities New York, an NEH partner, elected me to their Board of Directors.
Work in Progress
|Couldry, N. and Mejias, U. (forthcoming in 2019). The Costs of Connection: How Data is Colonizing Human Life and Appropriating it for Capitalism. Stanford University Press.|
|Couldry, N. and Mejias, U. (in press). Consumption as Production: Data and the Reproduction of Capitalist Relations. In F. Wherry and I. Woodward (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Consumption. Oxford University Press.|
|Couldry, N. and Mejias, U. (2018). Data Colonialism: Rethinking Big Data’s Relation to the Contemporary Subject. Television & New Media (SAGE Journals).||available online|
|Mejias, U. and Vokuev, N. (2017). Disinformation and the Media: The case of Russia and Ukraine. Media, Culture and Society (SAGE Journals).||available online|
|Mejias, U. (2013). Off the Network: Disrupting the Digital World. University of Minnesota Press.||available online|
|Translations of Off the Network:|
|Mejias, U. (2017). Desmantelando la Red. Revista 404. Ciudad de Mexico: Centro de Cultura Digital. [SPANISH - abridged version]||available online|
|Mejias, U. (2014). Odmapowując sieć. In P. Celiński (ed.) Nowe media = nowa partycypacja. Lublin, Poland: Instytut Kultury Cyfrowej. [POLISH - abridged version]||available online|
|Mejias, U. (2012). Liberation Technology and the Arab Spring: From Utopia to Atopia and Beyond. Fibreculture, Special Issue on Networked Utopias and Speculative Futures. http://twenty.fibreculturejournal.org/2012/06/20/fcj-147-liberation-technology-and-the-arab-spring-from-utopia-to-atopia-and-beyond/||available online|
|Clark, P., Mejias, U., Cavana, P., Herson, D., and Strong, S. M. (2011). Interactive Social Media and the Art of Telling Stories: Strategies for Social Justice Through Osw3go.net 2010: Racism on Campus. In B. Beyerbach and R. D. Davis (eds.) Activist Art in Social Justice Pedagogy. New York: Peter Lang Publishing.|
|Mejias, U. (2011). How I Used Wikis to Get My Students to Do Their Readings. In T. Scholz (ed.) Learning Through Digital Media: Essays on Technology and Pedagogy. Institute for Distributed Creativity. http://tinyurl.com/3mjfmwd||available online|
|Mejias, U. (2011). Towards a Critique of Digital Networks for Learning. Progressive Librarian, 34/35, 46-49.||available online|
|Mejias, U. (2011). The Twitter Revolution Must Die. International Journal of Learning and Media, (2) 4. http://www.mitpressjournals.org/doi/full/10.1162/ijlm_a_00060|
|Mejias, U. (2010). Peerless: The Ethics of P2P Network Disassembly. 4th Inclusiva.net Meeting: P2P Networks and Processes, Madrid, 6-10 July 2009, pp. 56-66, Madrid: Medialab Prado & Área de las Artes del Ayuntamiento de Madrid. (Spanish and English)||available online|
|Mejias, U. (2010). The Limits of Networks as Models for Organizing the Social. New Media & Society, (12) 4, 603-617.|
|Mejias, U. (2010). “Playbor” on the Internet. Afterimage: The Journal of Media Arts and Cultural Criticism, (37) 4 (January/February 2010), p. 2.|
|Mejias, U. (2005). Re–approaching Nearness: Online Communication and its Place in Praxis. First Monday, (10) 3. http://firstmonday.org/ojs/index.php/fm/article/view/1213/1133||available online|
|Mejias, U. (2001). Sustainable Communicational Realities in the Age of Virtuality. Critical Studies in Media Communication, (18) 2, 211-228.|
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