Dr Andrew A. Adams' Home Page

A portrait of me in July 2013

Latest News

A paper titled The Effects of Nudging a Privacy Setting Suggestion Algorithm's Outputs on User Acceptability (Open Access Version) (co-authored with Toru Nakamura (ATR), Kiyoshi Murata (Meiji), Shinsaku Kiyomoto (KDDI Research Inc) and Nobuo Suzuki (Kindai University), has been published by Journal of Information Processing.

A paper titled Superheroes on Screen: Real Life Lessons for Security Debates (Open Access Version) (co-authored with Fareed Ben Youssef, Kiyoshi Murata, and Bruce Schneier) has been published (advanced online version) by Security Journal.

From 1st April 2017 I am underemployed as a part-time lecturer at Meiji University and (unpaid) research associate (and Deputy Director) at the CBIE

From 1st Jan 2020 I am also a part-time research fellow at the CBIE on the EU Horizon 2020 EU-Japan.AI project

Admin Details

I am Deputy Director of the Centre for Business Information Ethics (CBIE) at Meiji University in Tokyo, currently as a part-time research fellow on the EU Horizon 2020 RRING project. I also teach on a contract basis at the Graduate School of Business Administration at Meiji University. My email address is aaa at Meiji (which uses an ac.jp domain name).

My office is Rm 408G of the Global Front Building on Meiji's Surugadai Campus.

I am a member of the following professional societies:

I am also a member of the Asian Privacy Scholars Network, and a co-opted member of its secretariat.

I am a Fellow of the Open Forum Academy.

I have profiles on LinkedIn, Community of Science 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.

My PGP public key.

Research Interests

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

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 while Prof WIlliams has retired, but 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.

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.


I have run a number of conferences and workshops related to my SLE research, and am on the steering committees of some.

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 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.

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 26th July, 2018.

The theses for my graduate degrees are all available:


Unfortunately, my current position at Meiji University does not allow me to supervise research students. There may be possibilities at the CBIE.

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.


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 discrete mathematics, programming design methods and functional programming (to computing and other systems engineering students at the University of Reading).

My email address is aaa at Meiji (which uses an ac.jp domain name).

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