portrait of Sebastián Lehuedé

Sebastián Lehuedé is a Postdoctoral Scholar at the Centre of Governance and Human Rights at the University of Cambridge. His research focuses on the governance of digital technologies, which he approaches from a global social justice perspective inspired by decolonial thinking. Sebastián holds a PhD in Data, Networks and Society from the Department of Media and Communications at the London School of Economics (LSE).

Sebastián’s current project explores the geopolitics of digital rights, examining how activists in Latin America ensure that their work is attuned to the visions and needs of the local context. This issue has become increasingly relevant as technology companies expand their operations across the world, bringing to the fore relevant questions of digital sovereignty.

In his doctoral project, Sebastián proposed a framework of data governance based on the notion of autonomía circulating among Indigenous communities and social movements in Latin America. In empirical terms, he analysed the case of the astronomy data produced by international observatories in the Atacama Desert, Chile. Unlike open data and data sovereignty, autonomía foregrounds dynamics of obedience in research, extractivism and territory that have been absent in mainstream discussions. Sebastián is a research associate at Derechos Digitales, a digital rights organisation with a Latin American scope. He is also a member of the Tierra Común network of researchers and activists. Sebastián worked as a research assistant at Virt-EU, an EU-funded project on the ethics of the Internet of Things, and has professional experience in media and political communication.

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