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Thor Brødreskift
  • E-mailanja.salzmann@uib.no
  • Visitor Address
    Christies gate 12
    5015 Bergen
  • Postal Address
    Postboks 7807
    5020 Bergen

I have expertise in research on the adoption of complex socio-technical systems by societal risk groups and in applying strategies and methods of the European Policy Framework Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI). I am actively engaged in public debates about digitalisation in Norwegian educational institutions, AI and ethics as well as societal consequences of dataveillance and digital (non-)human-centered technologies.

Currently, I am especially interested in questions on responsible development and adoption of desirable AI technologies in education that are human-centered, ecological sustainable and promoting social justice. I am also interested in implications of increasing rapid and chaotic digitalization on journalism, the public sphere and democracy.

After my A-level education with special classes in arts and music at the Gymnasium Rutheneum in Gera/Germany, in the 90s I studied Applied Media Sciences at the Ilmenau University of Technology in Thuringia/Germany.
This hybrid study allowed me to combine multiple disciplines with a focus on engineering, economy and social sciences. My study at the TU Ilmenau encompassed subjects such as informatics, higher mathematics, telematics and media technology, the basics of business administration, macroeconomics and civil law but also typical social-science-disciplines such politics, sociology and media and communication. One of my lecturers was the internationally reknown engineer and mathematician professor Karlheinz Brandenburg, founder of the Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Media Technology (DMT), known for his elementary work in audio coding and developing the audio data compression format MP3 that has revolutionized the music industry in the late 1990s.
Later on, and out of personal interest, I studied art history and German linguistics at the University of Bergen as well as one year pedagogy at the Western Norway University of Applied Sciences. The scope of different disciplines I got the opportunity to study, inspired my interest in philosophical and sociological questions as well as in critical theory. 

My educational background and broad range of interests has enabled me to look at societal issues from a broader disciplinary and analytical perspective, to detect visible and invisible links within and between different complex aspects and discplinary viewpoints.

It is the hybrid perspective on technology, economy and social sciences, but also my personal interest in philosophy, arts, technology and human history that drive my academic work.

In my doctoral thesis I have examined innovation in the field of mobile journalism by exploring how professional journalists and journalistic pioneers learn about and adopt mobile technology for their journalistic practice. I investigate critically the side effects from journalists’ adoption of mobile computing platforms, encompassing highly convergent and insufficiently understood risk technologies that are embedded in complex infrastructures and mainly driven by new emerging economic logics in the digital sphere.

         The findings of my empirical and analytic-theoretical work indicate to draw more attention towards individual, organizational, and societal risks attached to an uncritical and irresponsible adoption of a complex and pervasive computing platforms in journalism but also in other societal sectors.

         To counteract the identified and complex risks from comprehensive data extraction (that are bound to risk technologies such as artificial intelligence and catalyzed by new commercial logics of surveillance capitalism) I look more closely on academic discussions around the term `responsible innovation` and apply ideas and tools from the European framework Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI).

My doctoral thesis was supervised by professor Frode Guribye (UiB) and professor Astrid Gynnild (co-supervisor).


risk technology, innovation theory, social system theory, learning theory, dataveillance, datafication, data ethics, machine ethics, digital literacy, complex socio-technical systems, ethnography, digital economy, educational technology, journalism, mobile journalism, democracy, learning analytics, qualitative research, critical theory



Academic article
  • Show author(s) (2021). Mobile Journalists as Tracable Data Objects: Surveillance Capitalism and Responsible Innovation in Mobile Journalism. Media and Communication.
  • Show author(s) (2021). Adopting a mojo mindset: Training newspaper reporters in mobile journalism. Journalism - Theory, Practice & Criticism.
  • Show author(s) (2020). “We in the Mojo Community” – Exploring a Global Network of Mobile Journalists . Journalism Practice.
  • Show author(s) (2022). Hva er digital kapitalisme?
  • Show author(s) (2021). Overvåkingskapitalisme i praksis. Eksempler på kommersiell overvåking i hverdagslivet, 
datahandel økosystem og implikasjoner .
  • Show author(s) (2021). Digitalteknologi som risikoteknologi. Personvern og digitalisering i skolen.
  • Show author(s) (2020). Overvåkingskapitalismen som demokrati-utfordring .
  • Show author(s) (2020). Overvåkingskapitalismen som demokrati-utfordring.
  • Show author(s) (2018). Practice and engagement of the "MoJo community" – dissemination of knowledge and enthusiasm for mobile technologies in journalistic practices.
  • Show author(s) (2017). Journalism in Transformation. From Mobile to Virtual and Hyper Realities.
  • Show author(s) (2016). Mobile Drives Visual: Smart Mobile Technology in Journalism Practice”.
Popular scientific lecture
  • Show author(s) (2020). Paneldiskusjon "Demokratisk digitalisering - en nordisk modell" kommentarer og innspill til Hilde Nagell`s bok "Digital revolusjon -hvordan ta makten og friheten tilbake?".
Academic lecture
  • Show author(s) (2023). Datafication of education - constructing education and knowledge through data.
  • Show author(s) (2022). Modul #6 Data og utdanning (DIGI 115).
  • Show author(s) (2022). Modul #5 personvern og overvåkingsøkonomi (DIGI 115).
  • Show author(s) (2022). Insights from the report of the Norwegian expert group for learning analytics: 4 core dilemmas.
  • Show author(s) (2020). Zuboff`s theory of surveillance capitalism.
  • Show author(s) (2020). Pioneer journalism - Zooming in on new agents and intermediaries in journalism innovation .
  • Show author(s) (2018). Practice of the «MoJo community».
  • Show author(s) (2018). New journalistic practices based on mobile technologies.
  • Show author(s) (2018). Challenges and suggestions for 
a responsible design of the “AI narrator”.
  • Show author(s) (2017). Smart Mobile Technology in Journalism Practice.
  • Show author(s) (2017). Shared Responsibility for Manufactured Uncertainty? A critical reflection on the RRI-approach in the light of Ulrich Beck`s social theory of risks .
  • Show author(s) (2017). Mapping the MoJo-sphere: Actors, Places, Technologies and Discussions.
Reader opinion piece
  • Show author(s) (2022). Kunstig intelligens: «En holdning som rett og slett kan være farlig». Khrono.no.
  • Show author(s) (2021). Kunstig intelligens, klima og menneskesynet. På Høyden ( UiBs nettavis).
  • Show author(s) (2021). Debatt: – Kunstig intelligens er en risikoteknologi. Bergens Tidende.
Feature article
  • Show author(s) (2022). Kraftsenter for kunstig intelligens har flere svakheter. Khrono.no.
  • Show author(s) (2022). Debatt: – Derfor ønsker jeg ikke å bruke Vigilo. Bergens Tidende, Debattsider.
  • Show author(s) (2019). OBS, Facebook! – Her tar «en menneskelig komponent» ordet. Morgenbladet.
  • Show author(s) (2019). Hvem høster Norges nye oljerikdom? Morgenbladet.
  • Show author(s) (2019). Akilleshælen til det nasjonale digitaliseringseksperimentet. Morgenbladet.
Doctoral dissertation
  • Show author(s) (2022). Responsible innovation in mobile journalism : Exploring professional journalists` learning and innovation processes.
  • Show author(s) (2023). https://digitalnorway.com/din-digitale-skygge-hvem-kan-se-og-folge-sporene-dine-pa-nettet/.
  • Show author(s) (2022). Kritisk til bergensk «halleluja­stemning» for kunstig intelligens.
  • Show author(s) (2020). Podcast for Vox Publica med Anders Johansen om Overvåkingskapitalismen som demokrati-utfordring .
  • Show author(s) (2020). Overvåkingskapitalismen som demokrati-utfordring, Intervju av Anders Johansen for Vox Publica.
  • Show author(s) (2020). Digitale skoleløsninger uten nasjonale retningslinjer.
  • Show author(s) (2020). Derfor vil NRK at du skal logg inn.
  • Show author(s) (2018). Smartphone-Reporting – nicht nur Segen.
Interview Journal
  • Show author(s) (2022). Kunstig intelligens: Et nyttig redskap eller en trussel mot demokrati og personvern? Bibliotekaren (Oslo).
  • Show author(s) (2020). Krever dataplan. Klassekampen.
  • Show author(s) (2020). Hun tar kampen mot Goliath. Klassekampen.

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