Wendy Montcur Guest Seminar

Time: 13:00 - 14:30

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

Wendy Montcur (University of Dundee)

Keeping Secrets Online

What strategies do people deploy in keeping secrets online? And how can these strategies be repurposed to (i) enhance the capacity of UK security agencies to detect & mitigate threats generated via online channels, and (ii) support those who keep secrets as parts of their jobs in countering UK & International security threats.

We reviewed over 7500 research papers, uncovering a range of strategies, barriers and enablers involved in keeping secrets online. Three example contexts were used: supply and purchase of illegal drugs, escaping from intimate partner violence, and infidelity. We then condensed our findings, producing a short graphic novel - the “Illustrated Guide to Keeping secrets Online” – for use with security and law enforcement stakeholders in a series of well-received interactive workshops.


This talk describes the approach taken, key findings, development of the Guide and subsequent impact workshops with stakeholders.

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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.