About

I spend most of my time thinking about and working on digital technology and its power to inform, educate and entertain.   Like any tool, digital technology is progressive and creative, advancing and improving our lives in many ways; but it can also be disruptive and even dangerous depending on how it is used.  These effects can be intentional or unintended.  My aim is to understand how to best use technology to engage and empower as many people as possible whilst preventing or mitigating the auto-information disorders that degrade digital environments.
My scholarship spans history, cultural and media studies, information science, social science and computing. My research interests centre on the evolution of documentary and communication media, the adoption of technology and associated socio-cultural shifts.
My  research has explored different advances in digital media: the web and digital publishing, digital television and narrowcasting, and the growing use of data sensors to quantify and analyse environments and behaviours.
Working as a business analyst I’ve applied a wide range of methods and techniques from both my research training and professional certifications to design and develop various systems and services.  I have a growing interest in behaviour driven design, data ethics and accessibility.

Education

City University, London
Master of Science (MSc), Information Science
2014-2015

The Open University
Higher Education Diploma, Computing and IT
2008 – 2014

The Open University
Master of Arts (MA), Humanities with Distinction
2002 – 2007

The Open University
Higher Education Diploma, Sociology
2000 – 2002

Queen Mary, University of London
Bachelor of Arts (BA), English and History with First Class Honours
1993 – 1996

Alison Pope

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