Dr Alison Powell is the Director of the JUST AI network. She is Associate Professor in Media and Communications at the London School of Economics where she established the MSc program stream in Data & Society.
Her research examines how people’s values influence the way technology is built, and how ethics in practice unfolds in technology design contexts. Alison experiments with participatory and public engagement methods to investigate how we generate knowledge about technology, citizenship, and our futures. Her previous projects include the Horizon 2020-funded VIRT-EU, which examined ways to develop ethics in practice among Internet of Things developer communities, and Understanding Automated Decisions, which considered the possibility and consequences of explaining how algorithms work using design methods and an interactive public exhibition. Alison’s work integrates creative and practice-based methods with social scientific approaches from both quantitative and qualitative traditions to uncover new spaces for ethical practice.
Her book Undoing Optimization: Civic Action and Smart Cities will be published in early 2021 by Yale University Press. Alison also shares her insights about how people make knowledge about the city through ‘data walking’ – see www.datawalking.org – and her public writing at http://www.alisonpowell.ca.
What is visualised is realised: models and the fallacy of risk
How mathematical models of infection structure the messages people receive about risk and responsibility.
To be seen we must be measured: data visualisation and inequality
How data, bodies and experience entwine.
JUST AI is an independent network of researchers and practitioners committed to understanding the social and ethical value of data and AI
Otherwises, and the contribution of the arts and humanities to ethical AI
Generative future-making, process and practice as ethical acts
Networking with care part 1: Mapping ‘justice’
JUST AI aims to integrate and reflect on the many layers and different qualities of map-making, mapping and relationship construction
JUST AI – Prototyping ethical futures for data and AI
Taking a creative, humanities-led approach to questions of AI ethics
Beginning ‘JUST AI’ – bravery and creativity for ethics in practice
Dr Alison Powell, Director of the newly established JUST AI network, on the need for bravery and creativity for ethics in practice.