Content type: Podcast
Credits: The Restart Podcast (episode 39) by The Restart Project and Dr Alison Powell
Year: 2019

During this podcast episode Dr Alison Powell, an assistant professor at the London School of Economics and Political Science, delves into questions around the right to repair, specifically focusing on digital devices. She suggests that we should draw parallels between the right to repair and the right to have autonomy. Some of the topics discussed in the episode include information asymmetry, gaining control, consumer 'auditability' and the tensions of openness and security inherent to digital devices.

‘Should these communication technologies be things that are open to people being able to use and transform? Or, should we go with the more standard innovation narrative of making things that are newer, better, faster and that people do not have as much control and autonomy around?’
Dr Alison Powell