Event Programme for Launch of the Centre for Digital Trust and Society

Join us to celebrate the launch of the University of Manchester Centre for Digital Trust and Society!

Seminars are open to all and free to attend. See below for details about each event with details on how to book your place.

Places are reserved on a first come, first serve basis. We advise you book your place asap to avoid disappointment.

Launch of the Centre for Digital Trust and Society


Date and Time: Tues, 11 May 2021 | 12:00 - 13:30


The Centre for Digital Trust and Society is a focal point for research across the University that explores aspects of trust and security in our digital world. The Centre drives forward an interdisciplinary research agenda focusing on barriers to and enablers of trust in digital technologies. Our scope includes cybersecurity but goes beyond this: we see digital security as part of a set of broader issues of trust and trustworthiness, distrust and trust exploitation, and trust-building and resilience.

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Drop-in Information Session for Democracy and Trust Cluster


Date and Time: Wed, 12 May 2021 | 11:00 - 12:00


Prof Gibson welcomes those with an interest in the work of the Cluster and its members to drop in for a chat. As well as finding more out what we do, we would like to hear about your research and how it can contribute to the development of our research agenda.


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Showcasing the Digital Technologies and Crime Research Cluster


Date and Time: Thurs, 13 May 2021 | 13:00 - 14:15


This event will introduce you to the Digital Technologies and Crime Research Cluster within the Centre for Digital Trust and Society. You will learn about research activities within the cluster including priority research areas in the coming years and opportunities for collaboration. The session will also involve two presentations on current research projects: COVID19 and cybercrime; and, online gambling and illicit finance. The purpose of the event is to inform potential new members of the cluster about what we do, why you should join us, and how we can support your research as part of the Centre.


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Vital Topics Webinar: The challenges of trust and security amid the rapid acceleration of online services

Date and Time: Thurs, 13 May 2021 | 16:30 - 18:00


The latest Vital Topics webinar takes an in-depth look at how industry and academia are working increasingly closely to tackle the huge challenges – technical, economic, and social - around cyber security. Such challenges are rapidly evolving for businesses across all sectors, not least because of the rapid acceleration of online services across a vast swathe of sectors in the wake of the pandemic. During our debate we will bring together leading figures from industry, government and academia to discuss these issues, and also look at the relationship between cyber security and productivity.


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The Rise of Shadow Infrastructure and Implications for Trust and Security


Date and Time: Tues, 18 May 2021 | 13:00 - 14:00


Part 1: The rise of shadow infrastructure and implications for trust and security. The COVID-19 pandemic and associated disruptions in society have highlighted the growing importance of ‘shadow infrastructure’. This term is used to refer to the emergence of ad-hoc and fragmented systems that are tied together as more coherent infrastructure by digital technologies. Shadow infrastructure is playing a key role in supporting everyday activities across a number of areas, such as new types of demand-led transportation, alternative forms of supply chain, IT workarounds in organisations, as well as sustaining networks of organised crime.


Part 2: Introducing SPRITE+: The Security, Privacy, Identity, Trust, Engagement, NetworkPlus. SPRITE+ brings together people involved in research, practice, and policy with a focus on digital contexts. We are a ‘one stop shop’ for engagement between academic and non-academic communities, and a platform for building collaborations across the spectrum of issues relating to the future of digital trust, identity, privacy and security. We are funded until 31 August 2023 by the EPSRC as part of it's Digital Economy programme.

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Workplace Security Cluster Seminar


Date and Time: Wed, 19 May 2021 | 12:00 - 13:00


The DTS Workplace Security Cluster focusses on interdisciplinary research at the interface of the social, behavioural and computer sciences in the context of trust and security at the workplace/organisation. Consequently, this cluster provides a platform for academics and non-academics (industry, government, etc) with different expertise and interests, such as data science, psychology, behavioural science, innovation, financial technology and strategic management, to discuss and action engagement activities ranging from joint research and knowledge exchange work to joint funding application and event organisation.


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Privacy Data Protection and Trust launch webinar

Date and Time: Thurs, 20 May 2021 | 10:30 - 12:00

Please join us to find out more about the research cluster. Speaker: Mark Elliot (Professor of Data Science).



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Digital Trust & Security Theme

As we become increasingly dependent on digital technology it is critical to understand whether we can we trust the security and resilience of the systems we use and the people we interact with. Find out more about Digital Futures’ Digital Trust and Security theme here: bit.ly/3uMgheI

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For information regarding future seminars, please register for updates here: tinyurl.com/digitalfuturesuom