Ariana Dongus is a critical media scholar, teacher, and researcher based in Berlin.

Her research has led her to Istanbul, Diyarbekir in Southeastern Turkey, and Northern Iraq, focusing on refugees, migration, and technology. From 2018 to 2022, she was a research associate at the University of Arts and Design in Karlsruhe (HfG), where she taught media theory and coordinated KIM, a research group on critical studies of artificial intelligence.

In 2021, she received the AI Newcomer Award 2021, awarded by the German Society for Informatics and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

Dongus’s work is dedicated to the social aspects of AI, digital labor exploitation, and invisible infrastructures, aiming to critique today’s digital economies from below. She is currently a Research Fellow at TU Dresden, exploring new forms of labor in relation to machine ‘intelligence’.