Professor Lizzie Coles-Kemp Guest Seminar

Time: 13:00 - 14:30

Venue: TH_1.3, Kilburn Building, The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, M13 9PL

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Lizzie Coles-Kemp (Royal Holloway)

Reframing Digital Security Inquiry: Unknotting Some of the Paradoxes of Digital Technology Use

The use of digital technology is often described as paradoxical; for example, whilst there might be a desire for privacy, people routinely use digital technology to disclose personal information without privacy protection.  This talk presents a creative security approach that is designed to critically examine lived experiences of digital technology and, in so doing, unknot technology practices that might seem paradoxical. The theoretical framing of this approach, together with their use, is explained through a presentation of a case study that examines the use of smart technology in the home.


Digital Trust & Security is the University of Manchester’s interdisciplinary Cyber Security research theme (based in the Digital Futures team in Kilburn bldg.). As part of our ongoing event programme, we are inviting speakers from across the UK to speak on a variety of topics relating to our key research clusters.

  • Privacy, Trust, Data Protection
  • Cybercrime, Criminals, Victims
  • Workplace Security
  • Computer Science & Security
  • Advanced Mathematics

Previous speakers include Prof. Chris Hankin (ICL), Prof. Debi Ashenden (Southampton) and former US Secretary of Defence, Michael Chertoff.

Seminars are free to attend, generally last an hour and include Q&A sections. Attendance is open to all so please forward information about this series to students or interdisciplinary colleagues that might be interested in the topic area.