Dr Sebastián Lehuedé

CGHR Postdoctoral Scholar

Dr Sebastián Lehuedé was Postdoctoral Scholar at the Centre of Governance and Human Rights (2021-23), and a Technology & Human Rights Fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights at Harvard University. He holds a PhD in Data, Networks and Society from the Department of Media and Communications at the London School of Economics (LSE). Sebastián was granted the 2022 Association of Internet Researchers Best Dissertation Award.

Applying decolonial theory, Sebastián’s research looks at the governance of digital technologies from a global social justice perspective. His current project focuses on digital and environmental rights, examining emergent forms of resistance to the environmental impact of Artificial Intelligence in Latin America. For this project, Sebastián worked with environmental and Indigenous activists and Chile, as well as digital rights groups in Mexico imagining alternative technological infrastructures. Sebastián’s doctoral thesis examined public, private and research initiatives in Chile aimed at taking advantage of the vast volumes of data produced by the international observatories constructed in the Atacama Desert. In this case, Sebastián put forward a framework of data governance based on the notion of autonomía circulating among social movements and indigenous communities in Latin America.

Sebastián is a fellow at the Minderoo Centre for Technology and Democracy and at the Futures of Artificial Intelligence Research (FAIR) network in Chile. Cambridge has an active public engagement agenda. He has been invited to speak in Europe, the Americas and Asia. Sebastián has collaborated with civil society groups such as Oxfam International; digital rights organisations such as AlgorithmWatch and Derechos Digitales; and advised a member of the Constitutional Convention in Chile. He has written public exchange articles in outlets such as SustAIn Magazine and Progressive International.

You can check Sebastián’s publications here.