Hello! I’m Elma Hajric, a PhD candidate in the Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology program at ASU. My research interests are in critical data studies, surveillance studies, and STS. I am also an NSF trainee in Citizen-Centered Smart Cities & Smart Living and studying narratives and imaginaries of smart cities. Outside of academia, I enjoy creative pursuits in photography, music, and other forms of artistic expression and genuine connections with other people. Looking forward to interacting with you more here!


2020-Current PhD Candidate in Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology
School for the Future of Innovation in Society Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona
Research Areas: Data & Society, Surveillance, Privacy, Smart Cities, Science and Technology Studies, Sociotechnical Imaginaries, Anticipatory Data Governance, Futures & Narratives

2018- 2019  Master of Science and Technology Policy
School for the Future of Innovation in Society Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona
Concentration: Data privacy, ownership and the governance of emerging technologies

2008-2012 Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs, German
Double major with a Minor in Global Development and Social Justice
College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and
College of Liberal Arts Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ


Feb-July 2010 Eberhard-Karls University of Tubingen; Tubingen, Germany

Feb-Aug 2012 University of Zurich; Zurich, Switzerland


Peer Reviewed Journal Publications


E. Hajric, “A Commentary on Covid-19 Contact-Tracing Apps and Broader Societal Implications of Technosolutionism,” 2020 IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society (ISTAS), 2020, pp. 330-338, doi: 10.1109/ISTAS50296.2020.9462243.


E. Hajric, “AI and Data Rights Considerations for U.S. Policy,” in IEEE Technology and Society Magazine, vol. 40, no. 3, pp. 93-98, Sept. 2021, doi:10.1109/MTS.2021.3101924.


Congressional Reports:


Government Accountability Office (GAO) Congressional Reports:


Facial Recognition Technology: Privacy and Accuracy Issues Related to Commercial Uses (July 13, 2020) [GAO-20-522]




5G Wireless: Capabilities and Challenges for an Evolving Network (Technology Assessment) (November 24, 2020) [GAO-21-26SP]




Self-Published Work


Medium: The Demise of Sidewalk Labs in Quayside, Toronto https://medium.com/@elmahjc/the-demise-of-sidewalk-labs-in-quayside-toronto-2ffd842c660d


Presentation on Multi-Modal Mobility and Sustainability in the Smart City https://www.notion.so/Advice-for-Cities-on-Smart-Transportation-and-Sustainability-to-Challenge-Multimodal-Mobility-Appr-33e40dac191d455fab0d2bb42f4c5dfd


Blog Posts


    Risk Bites Knowledge Mobilization Project


    Collaboration with Dr. Andrew Maynard on Risk Bites: an educational video as part of a knowledge mobilization project on on Brain Computer Interfaces (BCI) and potential ethical scenarios for the anticipating the future of emerging technologies.


    4th International Conference on Anticipation, organizing committee




    Can We Make It? Should We Make It?


    Emoji Technology Assessment-Public instillation and engagement “Can We Make It? Should We Make It? Invention shapes society in many ways, some intended and some not. In this exhibition and performance space, explore the Future of Invention, with an eye towards questions of ethics, social benefit, and environmental impacts”. originally presented at EMERGE 2019; also presented by Martin Perez Comisso at 4S Prague 2020: https://www.4sonline.org/emoji-technology-assessment-experiments-in-sociotechnical-engagement/

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