Alison Powell is Assistant Professor and Programme Director of the MSc in Media and Communication (Data & Society) at LSE. She researches how people’s values influence the way technology is built, and how technological systems in turn change the way we work and live together.
She is currently working on a book about technological citizenship and governance in data cities and Internet of Things-enabled ‘sensing cities’ and working on several projects related to citizenship, cities, data and ethics. This work tries to understand the discourses, practices and governance structures that are part of our society’s orientation towards data.
Alison's past research projects have looked at community wireless networking and its policy impact, digital rights activism in comparative perspective (including Net Neutrality and the opposition to SOPA and ACTA legislation) and the expansion of open source, DIY and hacking culture from software to hardware to open science. I also often deliver lectures on the civic and governance implications of smart cities and Internet of Things technology projects.