I wrote this on December 24, 2014. The first winter spent in Romania in eighteen years.

And so it begins. The moment I arrive at the airport, I take a breath, walk past the sliding doors, roll a cigarette, light it, and call my grandparents. I hear instant anxiety on…


Regardless of its utility, responsible artificial intelligence (Responsible AI) is a term that is here to stay — a response to technology that’s driven by private sector interests, opaque to many of its users. Declarations, guidelines, and frameworks are being co-created, launched and promoted across academia, industry, governments, and civil…


Deleting Facebook isn’t new. But this is my story, from beginning to end.

My relationship with Facebook was never healthy. Since 2005 when I first signed up, I deleted my account twice. I deactivated it many more times. It was too distracting. That was always the problem: a lack of…


I am writing these words to talk about the death of estranged family members in an attempt to normalize it. Yet I don’t think ‘normal’ is the word I’m looking for. Maybe my experience with it. It’s still in progress.

My estranged grandfather has passed away this week, a few…


Authors: Ana Brandusescu, Carlos Iglesias, Danny Lämmerhirt, Stefaan Verhulst (in alphabetical order)

The presence of open data often gets listed as an essential requirement toward “open governance”. For instance, an open data strategy is reviewed as a key component of many action plans submitted to the Open Government Partnership. Yet…


I still think about this post a lot, so I’m sharing it on here. Originally written for the Web Foundation.

This past January, I had the opportunity to attend the Computers, Privacy and Data Protection conference in Brussels. Discussions at the conference covered a wide range of important digital issues…


Tech discourses are different even though they may seem the same. I’ve experienced a strange shift between two countries and new tech. This is what my experience has been before mobile internet.

The first time I ever saw a computer, I was seven. It was 1993. I was visiting my…


The world has been watching the protests in Romania unfold on many digital mediums for the past couple of weeks. Citizens started protesting two Sundays ago, mainly in Bucharest. Ever since, the protests spread like wildfire throughout the country to 55 cities and counting.

#rezist, #vavedem, #anticorruption…are just three of…

Ana Brandusescu

She/her. Researching the political economy of AI.

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