The Team

Lara Frumkin
Kovila Coopamootoo
Vitor Jesus
Sabine Little

Lara Frumkin

The Open University

Lara’s research is centred around applying psychological principles to law enforcement and security. She has worked for and with the government on issues such as power, control and security and has research expertise with marginalised communities.  She has involved community members in her research, helping their voices to be heard by government and funding bodies.  Some of Lara’s research in detecting deception helps to assess behavioural indicators of engagement in nefarious activities. She has started to look at the role of human interaction on cybersecurity.

Kovila Coopamootoo

Newcastle University

Kovila has investigated user privacy, security, trust, such as understanding attitude and drivers of behaviour (including emotional states, factors impacting the adoption and use of privacy enhancing technologies) and how technology can be made more accessible. She is presenting on `Privacy Dis-Empowerment & Patterns of Privacy Behaviour Online’ at USEC2020. She has engaged in systematic literature reviews of evidence-based methods for cyber-security. Kovila has researches privacy for vulnerable groups such as domestic violence survivors and worked on European projects such as FutureID and PrismaCloud (investigating usable privacy and security via mental models, cognition, emotion together with developing empirical methodology).

Vitor Jesus

Birmingham City University

Vitor’s research focuses on cybersecurity and privacy, including problems of accountability. He has extensive industry experience in senior technical roles and is a contributor to standards organisations such as the Kantara Initiative and the IoT Security Foundation. Vitor has additionally held positions with various companies, from start-ups to large organisations such as Philips, Siemens, Alcatel-Lucent and General Electric Oil & Gas. He has worked in a range of areas, including telecom architectures, IoT, vehicular, industrial networks and Smart Cities.

Sabine Little

The University of Sheffield

Sabine’s interests are in identity, well-being and how those are connected to people who speak multiple languages.  She leads public engagement events, sharing research with the public. Sabine has recently completed a project for the UK Literacy Association where she worked with heritage language families exploring how they use technology to support the heritage language. Sabine is interested in opportunities to feed back to participant communities and engage with those interested in research outcomes.

Ben investigates those power and control relationships which emerge between humans and computers during action. This work is driven by his interest in the philosophy of technology and how computers can be used as tools to achieve outcomes impossible without them. 

Ben Evans

The Open University

Ben has undertaken funded research into how artistically marginalised teenagers make use of tablet computers to create expert artistic products. Despite the powerful and controlling nature of the tablet interface, participants found ways to express something of their personal identity in their artistic products. This was unexpected. Based on this understanding, Ben’s ultimate aim is to explore how digital technology can be responsibly purposed to forge a deeply inclusive, egalitarian future for societal opportunity. 

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