Jens-Erik Mai is Professor of Information and Head of Department of Communication at the University of Copenhagen.

His research concerns basic questions about the nature of information phenomena in contemporary society — privacy and surveillance given new digital media, classification given the situational nature of meaning, and information itself given its pragmatic nature.

He is currently engaged in the collaborative, inter-disciplinary research project: “Don’t Take it Personal” – Privacy and information in an algorithmic age.

Jens-Erik Mai is a member of the editorial board for Journal of Documentation and Aslib Journal of Information Management – and he was Conference Chair for iConference 2012the 77th ASIS&T Annual Meeting, and one of the co-organisers of the 2018 Information Ethics Roundtable meeting.

Previously Jens-Erik was associate professor at the Faculty of Information, University of Toronto, where he also served as Vice Dean and Acting Dean. Prior to that he was a faculty member at the Information School of the University of Washington where he also co-directed the Center for Human-Information Interaction.  He earned his Ph.D. in Library and Information Science from the The School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin as a Fulbright Scholar and his Master and Bachelor degrees from the Royal School of Library and Information Science, Denmark.

Jens-Erik lives in a small town north of Copenhagen with his wife Mette Ribergaard Mai and their teenage son.