I am an information systems researcher with a huge passion for fieldwork, technology and, most of all, human rights. I work as Associate Professor at the University of Oslo, Department of Informatics.
Unfair ID is my book project, but at a closer look, it is much more than that. It is a life journey inside the injustices produces by digital identity systems, injustices that I first encountered in my human rights work in Palestinian refugee camps in the first decade of the 2000s, and then kept encountering with my research on India’s Public Distribution System, the largest food security programme in the country. My current research agenda is inspired by a vision of ICT for Development (ICT4D) that is strictly intertwined with critical data studies, a field without which our understanding of injustice in a digitally mediated world is, in its own nature, incomplete.
This blog is a space to voice the many, silenced stories of data-induced harm that my book will feature. It is a space to learn and reflect on digital identity with a look to the future, a future of potential new justice for the digitally identified.
My PhD thesis titled “Imagining the state through digital technologies: A case of state-level computerisation in the Indian Public Distribution System” (London School of Economics and Political Science, 2014) can be downloaded here. My research papers are available on Researchgate, while my musings appear often on my Twitter profile. When I don’t do research I run, cook and explore the beautiful Norwegian nature, adventures whose visual narration can be found here.
At its heart, my first book is an adventure. So is this blog, and I can’t wait to live it!