Summer reading: Stand out of our Light – Freedom and Resistance in the Attention Economy

If, like me, you are looking for summer reads, take a look at “Stand out of our Light - Freedom and Resistance in the Attention Economy”, which was authored by James Williams, the winner of the first edition of the Nine Dots Prize.   The Nine Dots Prize is an initiative to encourage and “reward … Continue reading Summer reading: Stand out of our Light – Freedom and Resistance in the Attention Economy

Something for your weekend: The Machine Stops

I have a present for you.   It is my favourite kind of present: a book.   What? It is a short novel by E. M. Foster, first published in 1909. It is called ‘The Machine Stops’.    Where? You can read it here, or buy it here (no affiliate links).   So what? This … Continue reading Something for your weekend: The Machine Stops

August and September 2016 round-up

August was taken up with conferences and time off with the family, so I decided to skip the usual monthly round up post and merge it with September’s. And, then, September flashed through, as well, with back to school matters, and dealing with various cold viruses and man-flu in the house. Here are the highlights. … Continue reading August and September 2016 round-up

Our surveillance book has been featured on TV programme ‘Going Underground’

The Russia Today TV programme, Going Underground, has covered the book “The Private Security State - Surveillance, Consumer Data and the War on Terror”, in some depth. As you may remember, this book is the product of a large research project sponsored by The Leverhulme Trust, and led by Professor Kirstie Ball at the Open … Continue reading Our surveillance book has been featured on TV programme ‘Going Underground’

Consumer Data and the ‘War on Terror’

The book that I co-authored with Kirstie Ball, Elizabeth Daniel, Sally Dibb, Maureen Meadows and Keith Spiller, has been featured in 'Research Reporter', the research newsletter of the Faculty of Business at Oxford Brookes University. The original article is here. Transcript below in case the link does not work for you.   Surveillance, consumer data and … Continue reading Consumer Data and the ‘War on Terror’

May 2015 round-up

A belated round up, as the last few days of May (and first ones in June) were very busy, including a couple of big pieces of work due around the same time. Murphy’s law! Funnily enough, my #5pm pictures reflect exactly that: work features heavily in this month’s pictures, either directly (i.e., I was sitting … Continue reading May 2015 round-up

New book: The Private Security State

I am delighted to let you know about the publication of the book “The Private Security State? Surveillance, Consumer Data and the War on Terror”. This book is the outcome of a large research project led by Professor Kirstie Ball, at the Open University, and which I was part of. This project looked at the … Continue reading New book: The Private Security State