Ben Power

Ben Power
330 North Orchard Street, Room 2115H-1
Madison WI 53715
Joined WID: 2018

Human rights consequences of emerging ICTs, especially blockchain and anonymized browsing tools.


Ben Power studied international law and political science in Australia, and worked in development and human rights before moving to the United States in 2014.


Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science, UW–Madison

Research Description

My research explores how disruptive ICTs affect human rights, with a particular focus on distributed ledgers and anonymized browsing technologies. In my dissertation project I analyze the rights effect of emerging applications of these new means of communication, with case studies of blockchain-based digital identity schemes, cryptocurrencies, darknet markets, and press freedom.