Alison Powell

Assistant Professor in Media and Communications

Alison Powell is Assistant Professor in Media and Communications at the London School of Economics and Programme Director of the MSc in Data & Society. Her research examines how people’s values influence the way technology is built. Alison started working with hacker communities in the early 2000s and now experiments with participatory and public engagement methods to investigate how we generate knowledge about technology, citizenship, and our futures. She currently works on two projects: VIRT-EU, a 2.5 million Euro Horizon 2020 project examining ethics in practice among Internet of Things developer communities, and Understanding Automated Decisions, a university-industry partnership with Projects by IF exploring how to design services to explain how algorithms work.