Anna-Verena Nosthoff

Anna-Verena Nosthoff is a social theorist, a critical theorist of (Big) tech and Co-Director of the Critical Data Lab at Humboldt University of Berlin. She is currently a visiting fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science (Department of Media & Communications), a teaching fellow at the University of Basel (Sociology Department) and a permanent affiliated researcher at the Institute of Network Cultures in Amsterdam. Prior to that, she was a visiting researcher at Princeton University, a research fellow at the Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society and a lecturer at the University of Vienna and at the Free University of Berlin (Politics Department).

Anna has published on the power of Big Tech, the politics of social media, the platform economy, the rise of immersive tech, Silicon Valley ideologies and the digital transformation of the public sphere. She has also published several articles on critical theory, the philosophy of technology and the history of cybernetics/ critiques of cybernetics in international journals such as Cultural Politics, Thesis Eleven, Culture, Theory & Critique, Digital Culture & Society, Critical Research on Religion, Jahrbuch Technikphilosophie, Leviathan, Behemoth, Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft and various edited volumes.

Anna is the author of „Die Gesellschaft der Wearables“ („The Society of Wearables“, co-authored with Felix Maschewski, a book on the expansion of wearable technologies and the rise of „Big Health Tech“ (i.e., the increasing power of Big Tech in health care). Besides her academic work, she works as an essayist for, a.o., ZEIT (Online), Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung, Philosophie Magazin, Deutschlandfunk Kultur, Die Republik, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Dissent, Jacobin, Public Seminar, Le Temps, Nueva Sociedad and Internazionale.

An overview of her research is available via Google Scholar,, and Researchgate.

Twitter: @annanosthoff