Emaline Friedman, PhD
GCAS Research Fellow
Emaline Friedman, PhD is the author of Internet Addiction: A Critical Psychology of Users which argues that we are all implicated in Internet excesses as a function of social power under surveillance capitalism. Interested in the human dimensions of technology and the technological dimension of humanity, Emaline believes that psychoanalytic thinkers, feminists, and critical humanists in the helping professions should embrace the unique roles available to them as the digital reformulation of subjectivity plays out. Emaline is associated with the Global Centre for Advanced Studies as a Research Fellow.
Against pathologizing individual users, her work advocates for data ethics in tech. She has also worked for the last three years on Holochain, a global, grassroots effort to produce a novel distributed network architecture that prioritizes collective user sovereignty over software company greed and the desires of the U.S. military.