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Security Lancaster Seminar

Dr Lizzie Coles-Kemp, Royal Holloway, University of London

Friday 28 November 2014, 1300-1400

Everyday Security For Everyday Lives

Over the last five years at the Information Security Group, Royal Holloway, a research group called Possible Futures Lab has been working on projects that explore what notions of information control mean in the context of everyday lives. We have two primary objectives: to improve designs related to everyday information production and control and to influence thinking on topics of everyday information security. We have deliberately taken an inductive approach and not assumed how or even if these concepts are constructed in everyday life. Each of our projects has started with a series of ethnographic studies that have enabled us to observe and identify the spaces and places relevant to each area of study. From there we have co-designed with each community discovery tools for seeing, experiencing and exploring these spaces. With these tools we have worked with communities to better understand their viewpoints on information and its control and with this understanding we have designed artefacts and co-created techniques to be shared in community networks. This talk gives examples of some of our work.