Sonja Solomun is an Academic Associate at the Max Bell School of Public Policy, McGill University where she also serves as the Deputy Director of the Centre for Media, Technology and Democracy (MTD). Sonja is the founding program lead of the Climate Justice, AI and Technology stream of work at MTD. She is currently completing her PhD in the Department of Communications Studies at McGill University. Sonja works on platform governance, climate justice and the environmental implications of AI and emerging technology.
Sonja is also a research affiliate at the Data & Society Research Institute, and at the Center for Information, Technology, and Public Life (CITAP) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC). Sonja is the Co-Founder of the Coalition for Critical Technology, and a founding member of the Platform Governance Research Network.
Her research and other academic activities have been cited in publications including The Financial Times, Nature, Vice, BBC News, MIT Technology Review, Wired, Tech Crunch, OneZero, The Verge, The Intercept, The New York Post, CBC News (Canada), The Globe & Mail (Canada), CTV News (Canada), The Logic (Canada), The Hill Times (Canada), The National Post (Canada) and elsewhere.
Country(ies) of SpecialtyUnited States Canada
Focus areas of expertiseClimate policy and politics Communications research Climate Justice Social Media
Sonja Solomun. 2022. “Environmental Platform Governance.” Information Society Project: Yale Law School. *Forthcoming
Sonja Solomun and Rachel Bergmann. 2021. “Sustainability: From Tech to Justice: A Call for Environmental Justice in AI.” A New AI Lexicon, AI Now. (October 2021).
Sonja Solomun and Rachel Bergmann. 2021. “Diesel Death Zones in the Amazon Empire: Environmental Justice and Algorithmically Mediated Work.” AoIR Selected Papers of Internet Research 2021 (September 2021).
Sonja Solomun, Maryna Polataiko, Helen A. Hayes. 2021. “Platform Responsibility and Regulation in Canada: Considerations on Transparency, Legislative Clarity, and Design.” Harvard Journal of Law and Technology Digest (Spring 2021).
Rachel Bergmann and Sonja Solomun. 2021. “Diesel Death Zones in the Amazon Empire: Environmental Justice in Algorithmically Mediated Work.” in This Seems to Work: Designing Technological Systems with The Algorithmic Imaginations of Those Who Labor. In CHI ’21: May 8-13, 2021, Yokohama, Japan. ACM. New York, NY, USA.
Sonja Solomun. 2021. “Toward a Global Platform Governance Research Agenda.” Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI). (March 2021).
Sonja Solomun. 2021. “Reorienting Platform Power.” Data & Society: Points (February 2021).