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 2012, the 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.