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"Just who do you think you are" - identity, anonymity and online behaviour

Brought to you by CW (Cambridge Wireless)

At this event you will participate in an interactive workshop looking at the impact of identity, or the lack of it, on behaviour in cyberspace.

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About the event

The internet has become a major part of our lives. It has brought enormous benefits of efficiency, speed and access to knowledge. Around 55% of the world population now have access and it continues to grow. However, issues of trust and problems with security have meant that over the last few years it’s not been looking quite as rosy.

CW have formed a multi-disciplinary team to help our community explore the question of trust across the technology landscape. We hope to educate engineering professionals on the behavioural and security ramifications of design decisions and to consider alternative solutions. We aim to cover a variety of topics within this field of "Engineering Trust", with our inaugural event looking at individual identity.

Join us on 7 February for an interactive workshop looking at the impact of identity, or the lack of it, on behaviour in cyberspace. The session begins with a series of short and informative talks on the social impact of anonymity and possible design routes to addressing challenges. A workshop will conclude the afternoon with teams considering solutions to specific problems raised - prizes will be awarded!

We would like to invite you to register your interest in this event by clicking 'Join the waiting list' and we will reply back to confirm your place within two weeks.

You can follow @CambWireless on Twitter and tweet about this event using #CWTrust.


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Registration and networking with refreshments


Introduction to CW

Simon Mead, CEO, CW (Cambridge Wireless)


Introduction to Trust Programme

Tim Phipps, Technical Marketing Manager, Solarflare


Trust me or trust us?

James Chapman, CTO, MIRACL

We look at the critical role of trust in identity and see how this is often rooted in single organisations. It doesn't have to be this way - we will explore a number of proposals looking to distribute trust which have the potential to change who we really are online.




Social Media Verified Badges and Power

Dr Ella McPherson, Lecturer in the Sociology of New Media and Digital Technology, University of Cambridge

Verified badges, like Twitter’s blue tick on user profiles, serve to confirm user identities, and thus allow us to build trust and mitigate risk in our social media interactions. They also, however, exacerbate existing power inequalities that, despite their good intentions, can be bad for democracy.




Malicious online behaviour: what is happening, and what can we do about it?

Jon Roozenbeek, University of Cambridge
In this talk, Jon Roozenbeek examines the various problems associated with social behaviour online and takes us through the different types of solutions that are being proposed. Malicious online behaviour occurs in all sorts of contexts and can have both human (e.g. through trolling and bullying) and artificial (e.g. by way of bots) origins. In some cases, such behaviour takes the form of online campaigns, and may have an overt political or financial motivation, posing a risk to the democratic process. Various entities have proposed solutions to this growing problem by proposing algorithmic fixes, changing legislation, increasing our ability to fact-check misleading information, or by focusing on providing news consumers with appropriate defence mechanisms. Finally, Jon will talk about the interventions developed at the Cambridge Social Decision-Making Lab that function as psychological ‘vaccines’ against online misinformation.




Facilitated workshop/group discussion

Refreshments available


Event wrap up


Event close


James Chapman - CTO, MIRACL

James loves bringing technology to market and particularly enjoys working at the boundary between the two. He has held VP positions in Engineering, Product marketing and Product Management working for companies including Qualcomm, CSR, Broadcom and TTPCommunications. James holds an MA and D.Phil in Physics from the University of Oxford and an MBA from Henley Business School; he is currently the CTO for MIRACL which delivers simple and secure authentication via its game-changing distributed-trust technology. 

Laura James - Entrepreneur in Residence, University of Cambridge

Dr Laura James is Entrepreneur in Residence at the University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory, catalysing multidisciplinary research and activities around trust and technology. The Trust and Technology Initiative at the University of Cambridge brings together interdisciplinary research from Cambridge and beyond to explore the dynamics of trust and distrust in relation to internet technologies, society and power. The Initiative is coordinated by Laura and Jennifer Cobbe. Laura has spent nearly twenty years exploring cutting edge internet technologies and turning them into useful products and systems, in technology and leadership roles in diverse contexts. Laura holds Masters and PhD degrees in Engineering from the University of Cambridge, and is a Chartered Engineer.

Ella McPherson - Lecturer in the Sociology of New Media and Digital Technology, University of Cambridge

Dr Ella McPherson is Lecturer in the Sociology of New Media and Digital Technology as well as the Anthony L. Lyster Fellow in Sociology at Queens’ College. She is also Co-Director of the Centre of Governance and Human Rights, where she leads the research theme on human rights in the digital age.

Previously, Ella was a Junior Research Fellow in Sociology at Wolfson College and an LSE Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science's Department of Media and Communications. She earned her PhD from Cambridge's Department of Sociology, funded by the Gates Cambridge Trust and an Overseas Research Scholarship. Her MPhil was in Latin American Studies at Cambridge and her BA was from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.

Ella is on the Steering Committee of Cambridge’s Digital Humanities Strategic Network and its Trustworthy Technologies Strategic Research Initiative as well as on the editorial board of Cultural Sociology. She also leads The Whistle, an academic startup, supported by an EU Research and Innovation Horizon 2020 grant, that aims to support the collection and verification of human rights information for evidence.  

Paul Morris - CTO, CCS

Paul Morris (CEng) is CTO at Cambridge Communication Systems (CCS) which is leading the development of self-organising wireless mesh networks at 60GHz. He specialises in taking new technologies from inception all the way through to market particularly in the fields of wireless, security and IoT. He's been at the forefront of the digital wireless revolution over the last 25 years most recently at Qualcomm and CSR. He has a First Class Degree in Electronic Engineering and is an inventor of multiple patents.

Tim Phipps - Technical Marketing Manager, Solarflare

Tim sees Cambridge Wireless as a way to build the network of relationships that drive business growth and a better society for us all. As Technical Marketing Manager at Solarflare, Tim works to conceive and realise the components that will make the internet faster, secure and more reliable. He has worked on technologies from their earliest beginnings to mass market adoption, including WiFi, Bluetooth, and cellular from GSM to LTE. His experience includes working as a development engineer, project management, business development and product marketing.

Jon Roozenbeek - PhD-candidate, University of Cambridge

Jon Roozenbeek is a PhD-candidate in Slavonic Studies at Cambridge University. His dissertation is on evolving media narratives in the so-called Donetsk and Luhansk "People’s Republics" in eastern Ukraine. In addition, Jon is a senior research affiliate at the Cambridge Social Decision-Making Lab, where he works on 'fake news' from the perspective of social psychology. Specifically, he has worked on developing interventions that work as psychological 'vaccines' against online misinformation. Jon’s other research interests include content analytics, topic modelling, political polarisation, and social media.

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The Bradfield Centre, 184 Science Park, Milton Road

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