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UN: Global Digital Compact must include the right to health

Molly Pugh-Jones (STOPAIDS) and Meg Davis (Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies, University of Warwick)

Since June 2023, CIM hosts the Digital Health and Rights Project ConsortiumLink opens in a new window, an international alliance of social scientists, human rights lawyers, health advocates, and networks of people living with HIV who collaborate to conduct participatory action research in low- and middle-income countries, and advocate for a human rights-based approach to governance of digital technologies and artificial intelligence (AI). Professor Meg DavisLink opens in a new window (CIM) is principal investigator and project lead for the consortium. This year is a critical moment for global digital governance. Last week, the co-chairs of the Global Digital Compact shared an initial draft. Molly Pugh-JonesLink opens in a new window, Advocacy Manager at STOPAIDS coordinating advocacy for the consortium, reflects on key priorities for the Compact.

Thu 11 Apr 2024, 12:25 | Tags: DHRP

New cyber policy papers from the Scaling Trust project

The ‘Scaling Trust’ project is a UKRI Future Leaders’ Fellowship examining trust in the cyber security profession. As the initial period of funding comes to an end, CIM academics Matt Spencer and Daniele Pizio have published two policy papers that engage with current challenges in cyber security.

Assurance by Principle: Preparing for the next generation of technology assurance’ is a report by Matt Spencer, published through the Research Institute for Sociotechnical Cyber Security (RISCS). It provides a series of recommendations for moving technology assurance policy away from prescriptive standards, and towards the new ‘goal-based’ approach that has become influential in cyber policy.

Deperimeterising Zero Trust: Challenging metaphors in information security’ is a policy brief by Matt Spencer and Daniele Pizio, part of the University of Warwick’s Policy Briefing Series. It examines current challenges with the trend towards a ‘Zero Trust’ paradigm for information security, and draws conclusions aimed at industry, government and academia.

Mon 08 Apr 2024, 15:01 | Tags: Project, publication, Security, policy

Wellcome to shortlist extra funding for ethnic minority groups

Wellcome is introducing “positive action” across its funding competitions to tackle underrepresentation in UK academic research. From spring 2024, the Charity may provide additional places on shortlists for researchers who are disabled, or who “identify as being from a Black, Bangladeshi or Pakistani heritage background”

Thu 28 Mar 2024, 10:49

Job opening: Research Software Engineer

We are excited to say that, continuing a new phase of growth, we are now are seeking a part-time research software engineer, with expertise in AI, machine learning and/or cloud computing, to support the innovative teaching and research activities of the centre. The role includes research software development for interdisciplinary research, other research support and the provision of training to staff and postgraduate students.

See full job description and application here

Mon 25 Mar 2024, 14:02 | Tags: Jobs

University of Warwick awarded share of £100 million AI funding for human-centred research on AI

This collaborative project will explore divergences between principles of responsible AI and the messy reality of AI as encountered in the street, in the form of automated vehicles and surveillance infrastructure. The aim is to ground understandings of AI in lived experiences.

Fri 22 Mar 2024, 10:23

CIM's Matt Spencer starts Senior Fellowship with the Research Institute for Sociotechnical Cyber Security (RISCS)

Matt joins the RISCS community with a senior academic fellowship focused on interdisciplinarity in cyber security.

More details here:

Thu 14 Mar 2024, 11:19 | Tags: interdisciplinary

New article on cross-platform bot studies published in special issue about visual methods

An article on “Quali-quanti visual methods and political bots: A cross-platform study of pro- & anti- bolsobots” has just been published in the special issue "Methods in Visual Politics and Protest" of the Journal of Digital Social Research, co-authored by Janna Joceli Omena, Thais Lobo, Giulia Tucci, Elias Bitencourt, Emillie de Keulenaar, Francisco W. Kerche, Jason Chao, Marius Liedtke, Mengying Li, Maria Luiza Paschoal, and Ilya Lavrov.

Tue 12 Mar 2024, 10:36

New paper by Neda Genova was just published in Time & Society

A new paper, titled “‘View from the window’: On time, politics and domestics during the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic” has been published in Time & Society as part of a special issue on the political and transformative uses of time.

Wed 06 Mar 2024, 10:41

New paper by Cámara-Menoyo and McInerny: Co-designing grounded visualisations of the Food-Water-Energy nexus to enable urban sustainability transformations

A new paper from CIM members Carlos Cámara-Menoyo and Greg McInerny, along with João Porto de Albuquerque, Joanna Suchomska and Grant Tregonning has just been published in Environmental Science and Policy

The paper, "Co-designing grounded visualisations of the Food-Water-Energy nexus to enable urban sustainability transformations" tackles a particularly significant knowledge gap in the Food-Water-Energy nexus by presenting the experience, decisions and lessons learnt from the co-design process of an interactive tool to visualise these complex interrelations for a particular case: food choices in kindergartens in Poland.

To make the FWE nexus understandable and actionable for the various stakeholders, our approach had two distinctive features: 1) grounding the FWE nexus following a pedagogical/Freirean approach that connects to lived experiences and problematises frames of references to activate transformation; and 2) the use of data visualisations to critically enquiry and learn about the nexus. The combination of these features resulted in data visualisations that “ground” FWE nexus by connecting to lived experiences and problematising frames of references to open transformation pathways.

The outcomes demonstrate a shift in perspectives towards the FWE Nexus that resulted from the design process and the interaction with our visualisation tool. Although further investigation is needed, we see it as a first step to opening new data-enabled transformation pathways to sustainability, not only through improved individual choices, but also by enabling new collective action, change of policies and organisational procedures, as well as new governance arrangements.

Wed 06 Mar 2024, 10:03 | Tags: publication

Research Talk: "How Do Decision Makers Use Visualisation? A Population Health Perspective" by Dr Mai Elshehaly, City, University of London. Wed, March 6th, 14:30 - 16:00 , A0.23 Social Sciences

We will be having Dr. Mai Elshehaly Link opens in a new windowfrom the giCentre at City, University of London for a talk titled "How Do Decision Makers Use Visualisation? A Population Health Perspective". The talk will take place on Wednesday, March 6th, 14:30 - 16:00 at A0.23 at the Social Sciences buildings.

Mon 04 Mar 2024, 14:24

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