Sebastian is a student at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Information. His research explores how technology influences and shapes society, with a particular interest in how humans interact with and learn from technology. Sebastian joins metaLAB via the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society’s 2023 Internship Program to explore critical and creative approaches to teaching with AI.
In his previous role as a research fellow for the University of Toronto’s Critical Digital Humanities Initiative, Sebastian investigated the pervasive use of deceptive design in e-commerce and social media, linking its current use to post-WWII manipulative marketing. He also worked as a research assistant specializing in visualization and design for the Failure: Learning in Progress project and the Knowledge Media Design Institute.
Beyond academia, Sebastian is a member of the Awwwards Young Jury, evaluating the design, usability, and creativity of websites around the world. In this capacity, he helps shape the future of web design and establishes standards of excellence and innovation.