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People with Hearing Loss and Connected Home Technologies

KruakaePothong15 November 2019

PETRAS National Centre of Excellence for IoT Systems Cybersecurity took a first step to understand the needs and expectations of people with special requirements, starting with those with hearing loss, in their engagement with Internet of Things (connected devices) in their domestic environment. We organised a workshop on the 29th October 2019 which received interest and representation from a broad range of stakeholders, including technology developers, researchers, representatives of various UK groups for people with hearing loss (both the profoundly deaf and hard-of-hearing and cochlear implant users), as well as some individual end-users with hearing loss.

Kruakae Pothong led the workshop design, building on deliberation and value sensitive design, with the support of Claire Milne, a PETRAS Associate and LSE Visiting Senior Fellow, and Sarah Turner, a STEaPP Digital Technology and Public Policy MPA graduate. The workshop opened with participants sharing their experiences of technology in domestic life and the adjustments made to support various types of hearing loss. Participants were then asked to collectively define what they find problematic about their experience.


Understanding Intimate Partner Abuse as a Cybersecurity Issue

SiobhanPipa19 August 2019

By Julia Slupska, Digital Ethics Lab at the University of Oxford

Why isn’t revenge porn a cybersecurity issue? Gendered security threats – such as tech abuse in the context of domestic violence – has often been ignored in the cybersecurity discussion. Julia Slupska – in collaboration with the UCL Gender and IoT Lab – is working on an “intimate threat security review” to address this gap.

Domestic violence and intimate partner abuse (IPA) is a frequent cause of death worldwide. A 2018 UN report found that women are more likely to be killed at home than in any other location.[1] IPA is still highly prevalent in the UK: domestic abuse-related crimes accounted for 32 percent of violent crimes in the year ending March 2017.


Digital Technologies Policy Laboratory’s Panel at Data for Policy Conference

2 August 2019

By Feja Lesniewska and DTPL Team

Digital Technology and Policy Laboratory (DTPL) members in UCL STEaPP presented their research as a panel at the Data for Policy international conference held in UCL in June 2019.

Data for Policy event banner

Topics covered in their talks included: the governance of the Internet of Things, trust and human control over data sharing in complex digital ecosystems, the design of cybersecurity policy, and the challenges to cybersecurity best practice in critical infrastructure. Numerous high-quality presentations representing a diverse range of international organisations and subject matter were delivered during the two-day event. The conference is a premier global forum for interdisciplinary and cross-sector discussions around the impact and potential of the digital revolution in the government sector. It is supported by a large number of key stakeholders, including prestigious academic institutions, government departments, international agencies, non-profit institutions, and businesses.


The best intergovernmental platform that you’ve never heard of… until now

CarlaWashbourne7 May 2019

Last week saw hundreds of people gather in Paris for what some have described as the ‘IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) for nature’.

The ‘Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services’, or IPBES to its friends, works to produce knowledge on the state of nature and to support the development of skills and capacity to promote its sustainable use. As an independent, intergovernmental body, IPBES spends much of its time building the policy case for biodiversity and ecosystem services; helping policy-makers to make more informed decisions for a sustainable future.

So why, might you ask, have you never heard anything about IPBES? Good question!

I was privileged to attended the most recent plenary meeting of the platform ‘IPBES-7’, which took place last week in Paris, as part of the delegation of the Young Ecosystem Services Specialists (YESS), and can offer a few possible answers.


The UK’s 5G Infrastructure Security – Update from CyberUK, Glasgow

Mark AJohnson29 April 2019

Dr Madeline Carr, Deputy Head of STEaPP and Director of Research, reflects on CyberUK 2019, the UK government’s flagship cyber security event.

Timeline of 100 Years of the Cyber Mission

Last week thousands of cyber security practitioners, industry representatives, policymakers and academics gathered at the Armadillo in Glasgow for what has become one of the highlights of the annual calendar of events – CyberUK. The brainchild of the National Cyber Security Centre, this event offers a couple of days of carefully curated panel sessions, tutorials, games, social events and keynote addresses. CyberUK is an opportunity to pause and reflect on what’s happened in this dynamic space over the past 12 months, to get an update on strategic thinking that will shape the coming years and to engage with the very latest in research and development.