I study the ethical and societal impacts of new technologies, mainly in relation to health and medicine. Increasingly, these tend to be digital; increasingly, ethics is under strain.
I am currently an Associate Professor at the Faculty for Philosophy, Theology and Religion at Radboud University, and co-founding the soon to launch Center for Privacy, Security and Data Governance with Prof. Bart Jacobs. I’m a member of the WHO European Advisory Committee on Health Research, and the Data and IT in Health and Medicine Lab at King’s College London. Previously I held positions at Maastricht University and a visiting fellowship at King’s College. I hold a PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies from Bar Ilan University, Israel (2011). Before Israel I lived in France.
Sharon, T. (2014) Human Nature in an Age of Biotechnology: The Case for Mediated Posthumanism. Dordrecht: Springer.
Sharon, T. (2017) Self-tracking for health and the Quantified Self: Re-articulating autonomy, solidarity and authenticity in an age of personalized healthcare. Philosophy & Technology 30(1): 93-121.
Sharon, T. and Zandbergen, D. (2017) From data fetishism to quantifying selves: Self-tracking practices and the other values of data. New Media & Society 19(11): 1695-1709.
Sharon, T. (2016) The Googlization of health research: From disruptive innovation to disruptive ethics. Personalized Medicine 13(6): 563-574.
Sharon, T. (2016) Solidariteit in een tijdperk van mobiele en gepersonaliseerde gezondheid. Lessen van de Quantified Self. Tijdschrift voor Gezondheid en Ethiek 26(3): 66-71.
Sharon, T. (2015) Healthy citizenship beyond autonomy and discipline: Tactical engagements with genetic testing. Biosocieties 10(3): 295-316.
Sharon, T. (2013) The missing link: How biology can help philosophy of technology complete its ontological shift. Tijdschrift voor Filosofie 75(1): 121-145.
Sharon, T. (2012) A cartography of the posthuman: Humanist, non-humanist and mediated perspectives on emerging biotechnologies, Krisis: Journal for Contemporary Philosophy 2.
Sharon, T. (2011) A schizoanalysis of emerging biotechnologies: Renaturalized nature, the disclosed secret of life, and technologically authentic selfhood. Configurations 19(3): 431-460.
Sharon, T. (2018) Let’s move beyond critique – but please, let’s not depoliticize the debate. Invited open commentary. American Journal of Bioethics 18(2): 20-22.
Aicardi, C. Del Savio, L., Dove, E., Lucivero, F., Mittelstadt, B., Niezen, M., Prainsack, B., Reinsborough, M., Sharon, T. (2016) Shortcomings of the revised “Helsinki Declaration” on ethical use of health databases. The Hastings Center Bioethics Forum. http://www.thehastingscenter.org/shortcomings-world-medical-associations-revised-declaration-ethical-use-health-databases/.
Sharon, T. (2016) Apple and Google plan to reinvent health care. Should we worry? The Hastings Center Bioethics Forum.
Sharon, T. (2015) Towards a phenomenology of technologically mediated moral change. Or, what could Mark Zukerberg learn from caregivers in the southern Netherlands? Invited open commentary for special issue on “The Art of Living with Technology”. Foundations of Science. DOI: 10.1007/s10699-015-9450-y.
Sharon, T. (2014) A return to wisdom via our technological relation to the world. Philosophy and Technology 27(4). DOI 10.1007/s13347-013-0127-6.
Invited presentations (selection)
New Frontiers in Healthcare Data Sciences: Promises and Limitations, Radboud University (Nov 2018): “Big Data, Better Health, Broader Ethical Issues?”.
Symposium on data-driven decision-making in health, Pavia Univesrity (Oct 2018): “Data-driven decision making, AI and the Googlization of health research”
ESOF: Euroscience Open Forum, Toulouse (July 2018): “Technology and mental health”.
Centre for Medical Science and Technology Studies, University of Copenhagen (Jun 2018): “When digital health meets digital capitalism, how many common goods are at stake?”
SURF Security and privacy conference, Twente University (Feb 2018): “Will privacy ever be enough to secure the common good?”
Philosophy of Care Unit seminar, AMC University of Amsterdam (Apr 2017): “Google, Apple and the disruption of healthcare. Or, the urgent need for data ethics”.
Culture, Media and Society Seminar, KU Leuven (Mar 2017): “Four provocations for the Googlization of health”.
Oh-Man, Oh-Machine: The Question Concerning Technology, Tel Aviv University (Dec 2016): “The Googlization of medicine and the common good”.
Barcelona Initiative for Technological Sovereignty, Barcelona (Dec 2016): “Data Sovereignty and New forms of Democracy”.
4TU Center for Ethics and Technology, Delft University (Dec 2016): “Self-tracking, social networks and responsibilization for health”.
Collegium Chirurgicum Neerlandicum, Utrecht (Mar 2016): “How will ICT change the lives of patients?”
STOA panel meeting in conjunction with the Working Group on Legal Aspects of the Development of Robotics and Artificial Intelligence. European Parliament, Strasbourg (Apr 2016): “Soft impacts of cyber-physical systems”.
Maison des Sciences de l’Homme / EHESS, Paris (Mar 2016): “La transformation des valeurs et du soi dans les pratiques de tracking”.
LOM conference on Exercise and Physical Activity in relation to Lifestyle, Obesity and Metabolic Diseases, Copenhagen (May 2015): “Self-tracking for health and the Quantified Self: Reconceptualizing autonomy, solidarity and authenticity in personalized healthcare”.
Conference presentations (selection)
Amsterdam Privacy Conference (Oct 2018): “Facial recognition and the ethics of indifference: re-vitalising civil inattention as a privacy protecting mechanism”.
S.NET annual conference, Maastricht, NL (June 2018): “When digital health meets digital capitalism, how many common goods are at stake?”.
TILT Law & Technology bi-annual conference, Tilburg, NL (Apr 2017): “The Googlization of health research. Challenges and possible ways forward”.
Society for Social Studies of Science, annual conference, Barcelona, SP (Sep 2016). “Ethical issues in the Googlization of medical research. From data philanthropy to new power asymmetries”.
Digital Health/Digital Capitalism, Leeds, UK (Jul 2016). “Disruptive innovation in digitally-enabled medical research. Research ethics, privacy and power”.
Critical Theory of Technology & STS: A Symposium with Andrew Feenberg, Maastricht, NL (Mar 2016). “The Googlization of medical research: Research ethics, privacy, power”.
Society for Social Studies of Science, annual conference. Denver, CO (Nov 2015). “From data fetishism to quantifying selves: Self-tracking practices and the other values of data”.
Amsterdam Privacy Conference (Oct 2015). “From care to big biomedical data: Fostering civil inattention as a means of securing privacy”.
“Trading Zones in Technological Societies”, Liège, BE (Sep 2015). “The Googlization of health”.
TILT Law & Technology bi-annual conference (Mar 2015). “Quantified Self: Enacting autonomy in a culture of surveillance and healthism”.
European Association for the Study of Science and Technology, Torun, PL (Sep 2014). “From ‘n = me’ to ‘n = we: Self-tracking for health as a solidarizing practice”.