Guest blogger

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What I do

Alison Powell is an Assistant Professor and Programme Director of the MSc in Media and Communication at LSE. Her research centres on how people’s values influence the way technology is built, and how technological systems in turn change the way we work and live together.

Alison is currently working on a book about technological citizenship and governance in 'data cities' and Internet of Things-enabled ‘sensing cities’.


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.

She often delivers lectures on the civic and governance implications of smart cities and Internet of Things technology projects.

Alison was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute from 2008 to 2010, working on digital rights and internet governance issues. From 2011-2014 she was a member of the European Network of Excellence in Internet Science.