Projects

MPC Network members have a range of projects underway. Some of these are smaller involving two or three members collaborating on book chapters and building applications for grants (for example on crime, civil liberties, national security and the mediatisation of risk). Others involve nationwide projects and multi-institutional grant bids.

 

Ongoing is our ESRC funded 2-year Seminar Series titled "Debating and Assessing Transparency Arrangements - Privacy, Security, Surveillance, Trust". This explores, from multi-disciplinary/end user perspectives, how different aspects of transparency (whether voluntarily entered into, or state/commercially/peer-imposed) affect questions of privacy, security, sur/sous/veillance and trust. These areas have been chosen, as transparency violates privacy; is argued as necessary for security; indiscriminately mass surveills; and both demands and compromises trust. To explore these topics, we draw on perspectives from Journalism, Media, Sociology, Criminology, Law, Politics, International Relations, Intelligence, Business, History, Computer Science and Philosophy, and on end users from media, journalism, law, governing bodies, regulators, NGOs, start-ups and established business, and security organisations. Seminars are being hosted in Bangor, Cardiff, Sheffield and London, and are free to participants.

 

Bangor’s School of Creative Studies & Media worked with Cardiff Univ. (Digital Citizenship and Surveillance Society project) to deliver a 23-page Policy Report on Public Feeling on Privacy, Security and Surveillance (Nov 2015). This summarises a range of studies on public feeling on privacy, security and surveillance post-Snowden, making recommendations of interest to anyone legislating or campaigning on Privacy, Security and Surveillance. This report was sent to legislators, regulators, intelligence advisors, NGOs, activists and journalists, in the hope of intervening in public and policy discourse around the new Investigatory Powers Bill being debated in parliament.

 

Also ongoing is a collaboration on persuasive representations of new technologies. Arising from the Risk Communication sub-group, PhD student Michela Cortese (who is doing a theory-practice PhD on risk communication and fictional/factual narratives), won two collaborative grants with Dr Enrico Andreoli (PI, College of Engineering, Swansea Univ.) to make short, persuasive documentaries for policy-makers and funders to explain new technology: a. From National Research Network in Advanced Engineering and Materials and Sêr Cymru for funding to make a documentary that persuasively explains carbon capture to policy makers (Jun 2015, awarded £1,006); b. From Engineering and Physical Science Research Council. Grant ref: EPSRC: EP/N009525/1. Polymer-promoted Cu-catalysed conversion of CO2 to CH4 (01 November 2015 - 31 October 2017 (£600 for documentary. Overall grant: £99,422). See: http://gow.epsrc.ac.uk/NGBOViewGrant.aspx?GrantRef=EP/N009525/1 

 

Recently, we (involving colleagues from SCSM, Social Sciences and Law) held the annual Media and Politics Group (MPG) conference here at Bangor in November 2014, for which the theme was Media, Persuasion and Human Rights. 

We have also been exploring the potential of digital gaming to alert people to the risk of flooding, and the ability of social media to help people quit smoking. Our teams on these projects includes colleagues from Media, Journalism, the Centre for Behavioural Change, Psychology, Health, Nursing, Linguistics, Education, Ocean Sciences and SENERGY.