Aidan is a Senior Researcher at the Ada Lovelace Institute. He leads on public attitudes and engagement research projects like the Citizens’ Biometrics Council, and a survey on digital health inequalities.
Before joining Ada in August 2019, Aidan worked at the Wellcome Trust on the social and ethical issues of health data and technology. His background is in social science approaches to understanding relationships between people and tech – from bridges and bikes to nuclear power and AI. His first degree was in Drama, where he studied how the stories we tell about science and tech can have profound effects on how we perceive and design them.
A new report from the Ada Lovelace Institute explores the datafication of health, how it manifests and the consequences for people and society.
Data can help tackle the world’s biggest challenges, if we ask the right questions about governance and apply principles for stewardship.
Making visible the invisible: what public engagement uncovers about privilege and power in data systems
Lived experience insights at Citizens’ Biometrics Council and Community Voice workshops show technology can mediate power asymmetries and privilege.
Data is bringing huge benefits in the fight against Covid-19, but we must remain vigilant about NHS plans to collaborate with tech giants.