Recent Activity

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.

Spring and Summer 2021

I was invited to provide written evidence to the Communications and Digital Committee of the UK Parliament on their inquiry into freedom of expression online, and my work was mentioned in The Atlantic, Forbes Advisor and Wired. The BBC Reel series produced a mini documentary about my co-authored work. 

During this time, I presented my work at University of Cambridge, London School of Economics and Political Science, the ACM Conference on Fairness, Accountability, and Transparency (FAccT), Northwestern University’s Latinx Digital Media Virtual Seminar Series, the Institute for Humanities in Africa, and the event Colonialism and Data Dystopias, part of the International Seminar on Internet Governance organized by the Comitê Gestor da Internet no Brasil (CGI.BR). I delivered keynotes at Universidade Catolica De Pernambuco in Brazil, Université Sorbonne Paris Nord / Centre d’Analyse et de Recherche Interdisciplinaires sur les Médias, and Centre Internet et Société in France. With Miriyam Aouragh (University of Westminster), Paula Chakravartty (NYU), and Nick Couldry (LSE), I participated in Data as an instrument of coloniality: A panel discussion on digital and data colonialism, organized by the UK’s Alan Turing Institute

Other writings and activities include the post Alternate Realities and the Logic of Data Colonialism at the Institute of Network Cultures blog (The Netherlands), and an expert review for a grant application to the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. I was interviewed in podcast episodes for Forum 2000 (Czech Republic), Global Data Justice’s Resist and Reboot (The Netherlands), The Academic Minute (US), Tim Arnold’s Superconnected Podcast (UK), and the Cafe Latinx (Northwestern University).

In addition, I addressed the activist groups Bangladesh Social Justice Action Research Alliance and Alternatives Canada. My 2019 book The Costs of Connection (co-authored with Nick Couldry) was reviewed in the European Journal of Communication, Anagramas (a Spanish journal of communication), and the Data For Sustainable Development blog.

I was also appointed a Fulbright Specialist for 2021-2025.

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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