Justin McKeown

philosophy, technology and creativity in the Internet of things

some things you should know

About Me

"I'm Associate Professor and Director of Computer Science at York St John University. I'm interested in the possibilities and challenges that the Internet of Things is creating for society. I'm interested in ethics, security and what it means to be human in this emerging technological reality. This site is my personal platform for sharing my thoughts on these things. All opinions expressed here are my own and are in no way reflective of any of the organisations I work with or for."

Justin McKeown, PhD

Internet of Things 90%

Security 90%

Ethics 90%

Education 80%

some of the

services I can offer


My research focuses on the development of ethical Internet of Things systems. Just because something is efficient doesn't necessarily mean it's human friendly or secure. I can work on consultancy projects as part of my university research activities


I write for academic and non-academic publications including books, magazines and online resources. I've also been interviewed by several publications for feature articles. If you'd like me to consider writing for your publication please get in touch.

Educational Consultancy

I'm passionate about education. I've lead the development of several University programmes. My specialism is developing curriculum at the intersection of computer science and the creative arts. I'm available for consultancy projects in this field.

Public Speaking

I deliver talks and briefings on specific aspects of the Internet of Things within my field of research.

Ethical Computer Systems

I'm an advocate of open source technologies and some of my Internet of Things research activity is devoted to helping people developing hardware and software systems for the benefit of communities.

Interactive Artworks

I conceptualise and design interactive artworks. I also programme and build the hardware for them. The artworks I make are often satirical. I don't tend to make art about technology, rather I use technology to make art.

selected posts from

My blog

In light of recent UK terrorism attacks Prime Minister Theresa May has suggested the Internet must now be regulated so as to ‘deprive the extremists of their safe spaces online’[1]. To those paying attention, this statement is not a new position for Theresa May, but rather the latest in a long line of attempts by […]

Computer Science is no more about computers than astronomy is about telescopes – Edward Dijkstra The inventiveness and ingenuity of ancient civilisations is often a source of modern fascination. Among the earliest of these are the Sumerian, Babylonian and Chaldean civilisations that evolved in the flood planes of Mesopotamia from around 4000BC. It is within […]

As stated at the end of Part One of this post series: While the development of the Internet – both in terms of physical architecture and communication protocols – is fundamental to the existence of the Internet of Things, other fields of research would have to develop and converge with this radical new communication system […]

The Internet of Things, or IoT as it is commonly abbreviated, is becoming part of current technological rhetoric. A quick Google search will provide the reader with a multitude of information ranging from media articles about what it will do for society and how many connected devices each person will have by 2020, to attempts […]

a selection of activities from

my portfolio

  • Automated Art School (Robo-tutor)

    Art Party Conference, Scarborough

  • Random Alternative Tourist Information System

    These Animals / pixelache, Helsinki, Finland

  • Philosophy of The Internet of Things Conference

    York St John University, York, UK

  • York Developers Conference 2016

    CREATE 2016, York St John University, York, UK

  • Can IoT Influence The Creative World?

    Digital Catapult Centre, London Design For Business Week

  • Art Education and the Internet of Things: A turning point in Education

    Guardian Newspaper online

  • Ethics and IoT: World IoT day, Rotterdam

    V2 Centre for unstable media, 2016, (video)

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