Dr. Elinor Carmi is a digital rights advocate, feminist, researcher and journalist who has been working, writing and teaching on internet standards, digital literacy, sound studies and internet governance. Her second monograph was published in March 2020 titled “Media Distortions: Understanding the Power Behind Spam, Noise, and Other Deviant Media“, on Peter Lang.
Elinor is a Postdoc Research Associate at Liverpool University, UK, and has been working on the following projects: 1) “Ways of Being Digital” The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) project. 2) “Me and My Big Data – Developing Citizens’ Data Literacies” Nuffield Foundation funded project. 3) The UKRI project “COVID-19: Being alone together: developing fake news immunity“; 4) POST Parliamentary Academic Fellowship working with the UK’s Digital, Culture, Media & Sport Committee on my project: “Digital literacies for a healthy democracy”; 5) The UK’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Research Working Group on Digital Inclusion and Skills.
In February 2020, Dr. Carmi was invited to give evidence on Digital Literacy for the House of Lords Committee on Democracy and Digital Technologies. Her insights were included in the final report: “Digital Technology and the Resurrection of Trust”. In July 2020, Carmi was invited by the World Health Organization (WHO) as an expert on data literacy and disinformation to the first scientific discussion on infodemiology.
For the past decade Carmi has been organising events around data politics, digital rights and digital literacy. In 2019, she has organised the Digital Inclusion Policy and Research Conference (DIPRC), and will organise the next edition in 2020. Furthermore, together with Professor Simeon Yates she has been the academic research collaborator of the Digital Leaders network.
Before academia, Elinor worked in the electronic dance music industry for various labels. She was also a journalist writing on night life and electronic dance music for Time-Out Tel Aviv, was a radio broadcaster and a music television editor for almost a decade. In 2013, she published a book about the Israeli Psytrance culture titled “TranceMission: The Psytrance Culture in Israel 1989-1999” (Resling Publishing). She also published an accompanying booklit called The Flyer Memoir, which curated Israeli Psytrance party flyers from 1989-1999.