Dr Aleesha Rodriguez
Dr Aleesha Rodriguez is a ‘tech-sociologist’ who explores the ways in which people and technology shape each other. Their background is in digital media communication and Science and Technology Studies (STS), and they are currently a Research Fellow at the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the Digital Child at QUT, exploring public imaginaries about future digital media technologies for children. Aleesha’s experience researching the social relationship between people and technology includes close examination of (big) batteries, digital platforms such as TikTok, Twitter, and Reddit, and other practices on the Internet. Their research is published in leading international media and communication journals as well as The Conversation, and they have presented on ABC Radio, TEDx, and national cultural events such as the Woodford Folk Festival.
Earliest digital memory
My dad coming home from work one night with our first personal computer. Even though I didn’t know what it was, when I saw dad pull this cream machine out of the box, I knew this thing was important based on how excited all the adults were. I also vividly remember the Windows 95 welcome screen and startup sound.