PACTMAN: Trust, Privacy and Consent in Future Pervasive Environments

An EPSRC-funded project on Trust, Identity, Privacy and Security in the Digital Economy.

Call for Participants: Building a Community of UK TIPS Researchers

The UK’s EPSRC TIPS projects have a strong focus on building a community of researchers in the areas of trust, identity, privacy and security. As part of this community building the PACTMAN project is seeking to bring together UK-based early career scientists (PhD students and postdocs) carrying out user-driven and/or interdisciplinary research that addresses real problems in establishing trust, identity, privacy and security in the digital economy.

Examples research areas include:

  •      Privacy preserving design and anonymisation
  •      Trusting and consenting to pervasive and ubiquitous computing
  •      Identity and identity mechanisms
  •      Cybersecurity and its economics and human dimensions
  •      Protection of personal data
  •      Trust in algorithms, artificial intelligence and automation
  •      Usable security

This two-day event (5th-6th December) provides a chance for researchers to highlight their work to other researchers and academics across the UK, providing opportunities to network and to find out more about the wide-ranging research going on in these important areas of the digital economy. Poster presentation sessions will allow researchers to increase exposure to their research, and our keynote and varied programme of workshops will help broaden awareness of the state-of-the-art. Registration and accommodation is free to eligible researchers

Keynote Speaker - David De Roure

Social Machines and the Internet of Things

The IoT community tends to focus on individual devices and planned combinations of them, but we must also anticipate unintended assembles of  systems, deliberately or accidentally, in the empowering yet haphazard world that we are all part of inventing.  The notion of Social Machines enables us to see this world as a sociotechnical ecosystem of interacting hybrid collectives—providing a lens which helps with discussion, analysis and design. Social Machines have been applied in social media and web science, and this provides a rehearsal for IoT where we also see new social processes, emergent behaviours and a demand for realtime analytics. What can we learn for IoT, and how do we cope with the increasingly intimate and pervasive coupling of systems throughout our social, digital, and physical worlds?

David De Roure is Professor of e-Research at University of Oxford. Focused on advancing digital scholarship, David works closely with multiple disciplines including social sciences (studying social machines), humanities (computational musicology and experimental humanities), engineering (Internet of Things), and computer science (large scale distributed systems and social computing). He has extensive experience in hypertext, Web Science, Linked Data, and Internet of Things. Drawing on this broad interdisciplinary background he is a frequent speaker and writer on the future of digital scholarship and scholarly communications.
David is a member of Cyber Security Oxford, an Oxford Martin Senior Fellow, and collaborates with the Oxford Internet Institute in Web Science. Prior to moving to Oxford in 2010 he was Professor of Computer Science at University of Southampton, where he was Director of the Centre for Pervasive Computing in the Environment. David is a Fellow of the British Computer Society and the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, a visiting professor at Goldsmiths, University of London, and a Supernumerary Fellow of Wolfson College where he chairs the Digital Research Cluster.

“Designing Trustworthy Systems” – Prof. Richard Harper and Dr. Bran Knowles

Richard Harper Is Professor of Computer Science at Lancaster University and co-Director of their Institute for Social Futures. He is a Fellow of the IET, Fellow of the SIG-CHI Academy of the ACM, and Visiting Professor in the College of Science at the University of Swansea, Wales. His research is primarily in HCI, though it also includes social and philosophical perspectives. His research on trust in HCI has ranged from explorations of file abstractions, the role of trust in the self, and how trust is a taken for granted feature of interaction. He has written 13 books, including ‘Trust, Computing and Society’ (Ed. CUP, 2015) the IEEE award winning ‘Myth of the Paperless Office’ (MIT: 2003)); and ‘Choice’ (Polity: 2016). He holds 26 patents, including ones for new cloud-based interaction devices (such as the ‘Cloud Mouse’), new secure data stores and lightweight mobile phone data exchange protocols. Prior to joining Lancaster he was Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research.

Dr. Bran Knowles is a Lecturer in Data Science at Lancaster University, focusing on trust, privacy and ethical considerations surrounding data and data systems. Her research explores different aspects of trust through ethnographic case studies, develops conceptual models of trust that help in understanding a research agenda for developing trusted data systems, and develops practitioner guidelines for creating trusted data systems. She approaches the development of socio-technical systems from a human perspective, applying an understanding of how people come to trust one another in the real world towards understanding how to design systems that people trust.

“Appetite, attitude, and antifragility. Putting the ‘netics’ back into cyber.” – Dr. Daniel Dresner

Dr. Daniel Dresner is Academic Coordinator for Cyber Security at the University of Manchester, joining after 22 years with The National Computing Centre.  Over 1500 students have studied cyber security and governance at MSc with him at the University, and engage in his projects. His key works include the Green Surf Code for Children, and The Three Universal Laws for Information and Cyber Security (with Neira Jones). Danny nurses clients through ISO/IEC 27001 and provides information and cyber security risk and policy services. He is a visiting lecturer at the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom (Cranfield University). He co-created the IASME programme to bring a pragmatic benchmark of cyber security to SMEs, and helped to pioneer the HMG’s Cyber Essentials. His research interests centre around cybernetics and a sociotechnical approach to managing information risk. Daniel was awarded a PhD for his work in information systems risk, and is a Fellow of the Institute of Information Security Professionals. In 2017, Daniel was voted the second top influencer in cyber security in the UK and in the top 50 worldwide.

“AI – the right to explanation and consent” – Dr. Edina Harbinja, Dr. Hendrik Baier, and Dr. Kellie Morrissey

Dr. Edina Harbinja is a senior lecturer in law and the Masters in Law (LLM) programme leader at the University of Hertfordshire. In her research, she analyses legal issues surrounding transmission of digital assets on death, using case studies of online games, emails and social networks. Edina also explores the application of property, contract law, intellectual property and privacy online, particularly after death. One of her primary research interests is the concept of post-mortem privacy, i.e. privacy of the deceased individuals. Edina’s research has a policy and multidisciplinary focus, and aims to explore different options of regulation of online behaviours and phenomena. Find her online at and on Twitter at @EdinaRl.

Dr. Hendrik Baier (University of York) is interested in two fields that are developing more societal relevance and growing bigger markets year by year: artificial intelligence and games. On the one hand, he does “AI for games” – meaning that he hopes to bring new and advanced technology to the video games and interactive media industry, which will generate an estimated $109 billion in revenues in 2017. Applications go beyond entertainment into e.g. teaching and training, mental health, and art. On the other hand, he does “games for AI” – meaning that he hopes to continue to push the state of the art in AI by using games and their specific challenges as testbeds, ramping up their difficulty to real-world problems requiring general-purpose human-level intelligence. Furthermore, he considers it crucial for any researcher in a hot field such as AI to be aware of and actively shape the impact of their work on society, e.g. through teaching, public outreach, and engaging with the public perception of AI.

Dr. Kellie Morrissey is a Newcastle University Research Fellow in Open Lab, School of Computing Science, where she leads the Digital Social Care theme. Her research interests lie mainly in the field of Human-Computer Interaction with an emphasis on digital social care and digital health. Her most significant work to date was an ethnographic exploration of designing for and with people with dementia living in publicly funded care in the south of Ireland. She is interested in participatory approaches to research through design with people facing significant challenges, and the potential for digital design to enrich the lives of older populations, particularly those living with, or working with, dementia. She also carries out HCI work in the domain of women’s access to healthcare, and the study of online discourse in subversive and marginalised communities.

“Does the GDPR help or hinder trust, identity, privacy and security?” – Dr Tristan Henderson and Judith Rauhofer

Dr. Tristan Henderson is a Senior Lecturer in Computer Science at the University of St Andrews. As well as having research interests in networked systems, data collection and sharing, privacy, ethics, and consent, he also recently studied for a law degree (LLM in Innovation, Technology and the Law) at Edinburgh.

Judith Rauhofer is a Lecturer in IT Law at the University of Edinburgh and an Associate Director of the Centre for Studies of Intellectual Property and Technology Law (SCRIPT).

“Exploring the Temporalities of Consent” – Bettina Nissen

This design workshop is exploring the life cycle and temporality of informed consent beyond the quick click instances of user agreement. We aim to further understand how internal and external factors may affect user consent over time and throughout different life transitions. Questions around how consent may be influenced by a user’s changing life circumstances as well as technological developments and legal changes will be creatively explored via a set of design activities. The aim of this workshop is to investigate and imagine how we, as designers, programmers and researchers, may create more dynamic or temporal forms of user consent.

Bettina Nissen is a Research Associate in Design Informatics at the University of Edinburgh. She is currently working on the ESRC-funded research project After Money and the EPSRC-funded project PACTMAN. With a background ranging from product and interaction design to digital fabrication and data engagement, Bettina’s design research often focuses on engaging audiences with complex technological concepts through accessible and tangible means and makings.