Content type: Podcast Episode
Credits: The Restart Podcast (episode 39) by The Restart Project and Dr Alison Powell (Associate Professor in the Department of Media and Communications at London School of Economics)
Year: 2019

During this podcast episode, Dr Alison Powell delves into questions about 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