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Shaping technology around the heart of intrinsic human values


Dr. Karmen Guevara

Dr. Karmen Guevara is a Human Scientist whose expertise lies in the nexus between individuals, society and technology. She specialises in the behavioural and Psycognitive analysis of the inter-relationships between technology, people and culture.

As a principal research scientist, Karmen‘s expertise is drawn upon by organisations seeking to embody human and socio-cultural values in their products. Throughout her career Karmen has adopted a holistic systemic humanistic approach to placing human beings at the centre of the design stage.

Since 2011 Karmen has been a Visiting Scientist at the Computer Laboratory, Cambridge University where the focus of her research is on Internet identity, trust and privacy. During this time she was a member of the European Commission Network of Excellence in Internet Science. In addition to tutorials, workshops and presentations on the psychological, socio-cultural dimensions of the future Internet, she was a lecturer on the Internet Science Ph.D. programme.

Karmen’s research interests revolve around the impact of digital technologies on the core elements of the human psyche. More recently, her focus has turned to the social and cultural dimensions of the big data phenomenon.

Since the 1980’s the overarching question weaving through Karmen’s career has been, “Is technology taking us closer to, or further away from the essence of who we are as human beings?

Decades later the question has expanded - “What does it mean to be human in the digital age?” And, most importantly, “How to be human in the digital age?

Dr. Karmen Guevara is currently based in the UK.