I research and write papers on (and have written an undergraduate textbook about) the full range of social and legal issues raised or strongly influenced by modern computer and communication technologies. I have published/submitted or am currently writing papers on issues of copyright, surveillance, identity, privacy and data protection. I hold grants relating to research in privacy, surveillance and bio-terrorism preparation and reaction. I am working with collaborators on future projects including censorship and online child pornography as well as continued work on copyright, privacy, surveillance and security research in addition to elearning issues.
My Masters in Law and PhD in computer science provide a very unusual background (very few academics are qualified at postgraduate level in both fields) and allow me to analyse both technology and its impacts. My cross-disciplinary approach to issues involves building on the work of psychologists, sociologists, urban planners and economists as well as technologists and lawyers. My focus is on research that matters to the world at large but is firmly grounded in solid academic theory.
I am a member of the British Computer Society (through whom I hold the status of Chartered Information Technology Practitioner), IEEE, ACM, LMS, British Association for the Advancement of Science, Society for Computers and Law, and Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility.