Justin McKeown

philosophy, technology and creativity in the Internet of things

some things you should know

About Me

"I'm Head of Computer Science at York St John University. I'm interested in the possibilities and challenges that the Internet of Things may create for society. I'm interested in what it will be mean to be human in this emerging technological reality. This site is my new 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

Research 90%

Management & Leadership Expereince 70%

Creativity and Innovation 90%

Systems development 60%

some of the

services I can offer


My research focuses on the development of ethical Internet of Things systems for Smart Cities, Smart Homes etc. Just because something is efficient doesn't necessarily mean it's human friendly. 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 do a lot of writing right here on my blog. have a read.

Educational Workshops

I'm passionate about digital literacy and deliver educational workshops to support people who are new to the subject. As part of my work at York St John University I organise an annual intensive summer school to support young people in learning practical computational skills.

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

Some of these entries are draft extracts from a book I'm currently working on about the Internet of Things.

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 […]

For at least the past fifteen years a very specific current has ran through both the arts and sciences. This current is known by different names though in the cold light of day it is in essence a preoccupation with the same thing: the storing and retrieval of Information. While in the arts and humanities […]

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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