Talks & Media Features

This page contains publicly available talks and media features of Elma's research

A curated playlist is available here

Data Diplomacy Series Pillar: Diplomacy for Data

National Science Policy Network, Duke University, February 21st 2023, Virtual

Diplomacy for Data | Data Diplomacy Series | National Science Policy Network - NSPN

Suggested Citation: National Science Policy Network - NSPN (Director). (2023, April 10). Diplomacy for Data | Data Diplomacy Series | National Science Policy Network—NSPN.

IEEE International Symposium on Digital Privacy and Social Media

Elma Hajric of Arizona State University on "Digital Privacy and the 'Smart' Campus" for IEEEISDPSM

Abstract: University campuses are increasingly adopting digital tools and interfaces such as apps aimed at providing safety, connections, and resources. These are implemented alongside innovative ‘Smart’ Campus deployments that increase surveillance and challenge privacy, especially if the physical surveillance structures are combined with student apps through sensors on a single network. This talk will provide an overview the ecosystems of surveillance on campus and potential challenges to privacy in the ‘smart’ campus setting.

Suggested Citation: Katina Michael (Director). (2022, July 26). Elma Hajric of Arizona State University on “Digital Privacy and the ‘Smart’ Campus” for IEEEISDPSM.

ASU UTO Data Privacy Day Student Panel

Public engagement as an invited panelist for UTO (Technology Enterprise) at ASU to discuss privacy topics with SFIS colleagues and Deputy CIO, Chief Information Security and Digital Trust Officer (CISO) Donna Kidwell.

Suggested Citation: Data Privacy Day 2022—ASU UTO Student Panel—YouTube. (n.d.). Retrieved April 4, 2024, from

Anticipation Conference Organizing Committee Feature January 2022

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Presenting on Neuralink/BCI and Sociotechnical Imaginaries at 4S October 9. 2021

Panel: Innovation, STS and Good Relations: Building Socio-technical Futures in Unequal and Uncertain Worlds - I

Neuralink Insights for Data Governance and the Role of Sociotechnical Imaginaries in the Smart City


With Elon Musk's techno-utopian imaginary taking shape in the form of a brain implant device known as Neuralink, and goals to commercialize this, there are risks and ethical considerations that must be taken into account. This paper discusses these considerations of this futuristic technology, and situates them with emerging data governance concepts and smart city imaginaries of the future, arguing for the need to build in more anticipatory governance and awareness of emerging technologies into the current approaches. The paper's methodology reviews existing Deep Brain Simulation (DBS) literature for identifying ethical considerations, and weaves in STS literature regarding sociotechnical imaginaries and anticipatory governance, along with reviewing mixed-media availability on developing commercial implants and brainwave-reading devices, such as Neuralink. The analysis involves scenarios to identify ethical concerns and risks within a smart city context being shaped by the sociotechnical imaginaries of billionaires like Elon Musk.

"Public Interest Technology, or PIT, is an emerging field that, in the words of an opening editorial to the special edition, “acknowledges that technological potential can be harnessed to satisfy the needs of civil society. In other words, technology can be seen as a public good that can benefit all, through an open democratic system of governance, with open data initiatives, open technologies, and open systems/ecosystems designed for the collective good, as defined by respective communities that will be utilizing them.” 

In effect, PIT is front and center of co-designing a vibrant, sustainable and technologically complex future that is people and society-forward.

In addition to these articles in the special edition, a good number of College students and researchers presented at ISTAS20, and it’s well worth taking the time to read about their work in the symposium proceedings, or the accompanying program (which includes abstracts).

These present rich pickings for anyone interested in building a future that is not only centered on people and society, but is as inclusive and full of promise as possible, while leveraging our technological abilities for good rather being slaves to them.

It’s also a reflection of just how prominent the College of Global Futures is in the global push to ensure new technologies work for us, and not against us, as we strive to co-design a future that’s better than the past."

American Geographer Association webinar on Geoethics, August 10. 2021

(key topics: geosurveillance, smart campus, IoT poles, blue emergency lights, data ethics)

The ‘Smart Campus’ and Geo-Surveillance Geosurveillance and the Smart Campus: Ethical considerations of data rights and surveillance on IoT smart campus streetlights (IoT poles/blue emergency lights)

With ‘smart city’ narratives increasing adoptions of sensor-filled ‘Internet of Things’ devices used for surveillance in public spaces, campuses have become testing beds for deploying such ‘smart’ technologies, including geographical elements of location tracking such as smart light poles. This discussion investigates the campus as a unique smart city and considers the sociotechnical implications of the smart campus with regards to surveillance capacities and issues related to data rights such as ownership and privacy.

Elma Hajric is a PhD student in Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology and a National Research Trainee in the NSF for Citizen-Centered Smart Cities and Smart Living. Her research focuses on governance of emerging technologies and data topics pertaining to surveillance, privacy, and ownership.

Geosurveillance and the Smart Campus: Ethical considerations of data rights and surveillance on IoT smart campus streetlights (IoT poles/blue emergency lights)

Suggested Citation: Katina Michael (Director). (2021, August 14). Elma Hajric at AAG 2021 Geoethics Webinar.

SINS21: Speaker/Co-Facilitator Data Governance: The Ownership Problem January 21. 2021: 

"As data governance and privacy havebecome the centerfold of digital advances, the discussions are missing ownership concerns in the face of increasingly intrusive emerging technologies. This discussion serves to introduce the importance and complexity of introducing data ownership into legislative conversation from a human rights perspective" 

Suggested Citation: Katina Michael (Director). (2021, March 2). SINS21 Socio-Technical-Environmental Breakout: AI in Cybersecurity with focus on “Environmental.”

Developing public interest technology for the future December 7. 2020 

"The goal of the conference was to convene with interdisciplinary scholars, experts, policymakers, engineers and many others working in this space,” said human and social dimensions of science and technology student Elma Hajric, who presented two papers at the conference. “It created a space for the exchanging of ideas around technologies and their societal implications."

PIT-UN panelist at New America November 13. 2020:

SFIS students, faculty and alumni present at EASST/4S 2020 conference September 20. 2020

EMERGE: A Festival of Futures 2019 Exhibition: Can We Make It? Should We Make It? 

EMERGE: A Festival of Futures 2019 Exhibition: Can We Make It? Should We Make It?