Prof Andrew A. Adams' Home Page

A portrait of me in July 2013


Latest News

A joint paper with Prof Shirley Williams and Dr Tharindu Liyanagunawardena of the School of Systems Engineering, University of Reading on
MOOCs: A Systematic Study of the Published Literature 2008-2012. has just been published in The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning.


Admin Details

I am Professor of Information Ethics in the Graduate School of Business Administration and Deputy Director of the Centre for Business Information Ethics (CBIE) at Meiji University in Tokyo. My email address is aaa at Meiji (which uses an ac.jp domain name).

I am also a Visiting Professor in the School of Systems Engineering at the University of Reading in the UK.

My office is Rm 505 of the TA Jimboucho building.

I am a member of the following professional societies:

I am also a member of the Asian Privacy Scholars Network

I am a Fellow of the Open Forum Academy.

I have profiles on LinkedIn, Community of Science and and Academia.edu.

I have a BSc in Mathematics and Computational Science from the University of Leeds, an MSc in Computer Science also from the University of Leeds, a PhD in Computer Science from the University of St Andrews and an LLM (Masters in Law) in Advanced Legal Studies from the University of Reading.

This is my work page. I maintain a personal stuff page (links for my hobbies and interests, that sort of thing) as well as a blog and a gallery.


Research Interests

I am a multi-disciplinary researcher looking at social, legal, and ethical (SLE) aspects of computer and communications technologies.

As Deputy Director of the CBIE I am one of the co-Investigators on the MEXT (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Japan) Programme for Strategic Research Bases at Private Universities (2012-16) project "Organisational Information Ethics" (S1291006).

I previously engaged in research in computational logic and computer mathematics. See below for details.

Current Research Projects

Here are details of my current research projects, with details of funding where they are specifically supported. See below for details of completed projects.

Privacy, Security and Surveillance Research

Privacy, and related questions of surveillance and security is one of my core interests and areas of expertise.

Digital Education

Together with Prof Shirley Williams and Prof Naz Rassool of the University of Reading I supervised the PhD of Dr Tharindu Liyanagunawardena on Information communication technologies and distance education in Sri Lanka: a case study of two universities.

Since completing her PhD, Dr Liyanagunawardena has continued working as a researcher for Prof Williams and we continue to collaborate as a group. See my publications list for details of our joint papers. We continue to work on issues including the emergence and maturation of MOOCs, the related issues of Open Educational Resources, and distance higher education in general but with particular attention to its use in developing economies.

Digital Identity

In 2010, the KDDI Research Foundation funded the CBIE to perform "A Comparative Study of Young People's Online Behavior between Japan and the United Kingdom". The primary output of this project was a translation (linguistically and culturally) of the work of Prof Shirley Williams and her team at the School of Systems Engineering, University of Reading on training materials for students about managing their digital identity. In addition to translating their original material into Japanese for university students, the CBIE produced a version for junior high school and high school students in Japan.

I have continued to work on the issues of digital identity with Prof Williams and others, including recent work on shared identities and secret identities, and on the interpretation of usernames on Twitter.

Digital Objects

The French CIGREF Foundation (a recently created research foundation funded by the French Information Systems companies industry body CIGREF) funded the CBIE to investigate the emerging ethical values of digital object usage in southeast Asia as part of their ISD research programme. In this project, I collaborated with:

We deployed online surveys in English, Japanese, Korean and (Simplified) Chinese asking a broad range of questions about responders use of electronic equipment from video recording devices to smartphones to games consoles to PCs, and their activities and attitudes to the digital information they purchased, used and created using these devices.

FLOSS (Free, Libre and Open Source Software)

As part of the CBIE's Ohgata project I lead the sub-project on the behavioural motivations and economics of individuals and organisations contributing to Free, Libre and Open Source Software projects.

Conferences/Workshops

I have run a conference and a workshop recently related to my SLE research.

I regularly attend the following ongoing series of conferences/workshops:

Completed Research Projects

Here are details of my prior research projects, with details of funding where they are specifically supported. See above for details of my current projects. My move from the UK to Japan in April 2010 means that some of these projects were completed by others after I left.

Privacy, Security and Surveillance Research

Other Prior SLE Research

Digital Rights Advocacy

I promote the digital rights of ordinary people wherever I can in my work and am involved in a small way in various approaches to this.

Previous Research Interests and Activity

I used to do research in Computer Mathematics, although my focus has now switched to social, legal and ethical implications.


CV (HTML, PDF) and Publications (HTML, PDF)

Publications list is up to date as of 8th April 2014.

The theses for my graduate degrees are all available:


Students

I am looking for good candidates to supervise for PhD study in the broad area of Social, Legal and Ethical implications of computer and communication technology. If you would be interested in studying with me at Meiji University in Tokyo, please send me your CV and some initial research ideas. Funding may be available for high quality candidates. Submission of a thesis in English or Japanese is allowed at Meiji University.

I do not have any interest in undergraduate student interns. Emails from Indian Institute of Technology (or similar) students looking for an internship will be ignored.


Teaching

I currently teach:

I have previously taught classes ranging from Information Society (to a range of graduate students at Meiji University) to technical subjects including programming design methods and functional programming (to computing students at the University of Reading).


aaa@meiji.ac.jp

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