BBC Research & Development

The ethics of personal data?

The ethics of data in the era of the quantified self and the internet of things

Our invited experts

In early 2014 we asked a large number of people in the industry if they would be willing to take part in these documentaries, “The Ethics of Data.”

All but a handful agreed, but with the tight schedule and broad scope, connecting calendars was always going to be tricky for such busy people.

The experts below all particpated and gave their own personal opinions on questions about the ethics involved in using data.

We thank them all for their time, patience and contributions, even if they didn't make it into the documentaries.

Adrian McEwen

Adrian McEwen - Founder, MCQN Ltd

Adrian McEwen has been connecting devices to the Internet since 1995. He founded MCQN Ltd., an Internet of Things product agency and is co-founder of co-working/makerspace DoES Liverpool. He co-wrote the book Designing the Internet of Things and runs the monthly #IoTLiverpool meetups.

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Andriana Lukas - Founder and organisers of the London QS group

Adriana Lukas has been involved in the online technology development since 2001, evangelised social media to the UK before disowning it around 2007, moving onto privacy, personal data activism and VRM. She is interested in technologies that empower the individual and QS seemed to fit the bill.

Aleks Krotoski

Aleks Krotoski - Social Psychologist

Aleks Krotoski has a PhD in Social Psychology. She is currently presenter of the award-winning Bbc radio 4 series Digital Human and the host of Tech Weekly for The Guardian. Her latest book is Untangling the Web: What the Internet is Doing to You (Faber). More at
Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino

Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino - Director of designswarm

Alexandra is a product & interaction designer and a global thought leader on the internet of things.

Brian Suda

Brian Suda - ( Owner

Brian Suda is an informatician currently residing in Reykjavík, Iceland. He has spent a good portion of each day connected to Internet after discovering it back in the mid-01990s. His own little patch of Internet can be found at where many of his past projects and crazy ideas can be found.

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Dave Crossland - Font Consultant

Dave Crossland is a English IT consultant focused on font design and technologies.

Doc Searls

Doc Searls - Director, ProjectVRM, Harvard University's Berkman Center

Doc Searls is a journalist, columnist, and a widely read blogger. Senior editor of Linux Journal, author of The Intention Economy (Harvard Business Review Press, 2012) and co-author of The Cluetrain Manifesto (Basic Books, 2000, 2010). He is founder of ProjectVRM at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard.

Doug Ward

Doug Ward - Co-founder of Tech Britain & SpaceportX

Advisor to TechCity UK & Manchester University. Pushing Manchester's tech community through space, events, Open Data & as many collisions as possible. #MCRTOP5 & Look out for 'Forward'

Glyn Wintle

Glyn Wintle - Security Consultant

Glyn is a security evangelist and software engineer. He has given evidence in Parliament, frequently gives technical talks about security and is well know for his work with the Open Rights Group.

Hwa Young Jung

Hwa Young Jung - Co-Founder, The Garden and Maker

Hwa Young is an award winning multidisciplinary designer working in the arts, cultural and sciences, facilitating collaborative workshops and projects. She's been involved in grassroots led community spaces, makers and artists in Manchester and internationally for over five years - running hackathons, exhibitions and workshops.

Jason Huntley

Jason Huntley - I.T. Consultant

Hull based I.T. Professional who revealed that LG Smart TVs were silently tracking their owner's personal media files.

Jeni Tennison

Jeni Tennison - Technical Director, Open Data Institute

Jeni Tennison is the Technical Director and Deputy CEO of the Open Data Institute, where she oversees building the evidence base for open data; developing new tools, standards and approaches; and helping organisations of all sizes on their open data journeys.

Professor Jon Rogers

Professor Jon Rogers - University of Dundee

Exploring how technology can tell stories and how stories can become technology. You can find more about what we do at

Julian Tait

Julian Tait - Co-Founder, The Garden

Julian designs programmes related to data, Internet of Things and the Smart City. He is currently leading work on the creation of mutual data organisations that can represent and empower individuals and organisations through their data, and developing through Open Data Manchester and international partners, a trans-national exchange programme for open data practitioners

Moeen Khawaja

Moeen Khawaja - Chief Operating Officer,

COO of Thingful Limited since September 2013. Previously; COO of a US and UK based insurance telematics and gamification service provider, Operating Principal and Director of an Emerging Markets PE Fund and held executive positions at various international telecom and network service providers including Sprint PCS and Orbcomm.

Paul Coulton

Paul Coulton - Speculative Designer

Paul is Senior Lecturer in Design within Lancaster Universities experimental design lab, Imagination. He has a particular interest in using games and play as Speculative Design and Design Fiction to explore technologies that combine the digital and the physical.

Phil Windley

Phillip J. Windley - Founder, Internet Identity Workshop

Phil Windley is the co-founder of the Internet Identity workshop and author of Digital Identity. He works for Brigham Young University.

Many thanks also to...

Brendan Crowther, Jasmine Cox, Steve Ryde, Richard Garry, Amy Davies, Sarah Mines, Phil Stenton, William Hayes, Adrian Woolard, Maxine Glancy and Steve Jolly for their support during the project.