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31 March 2009

SEAD Seminar: Visualisation and Other Methods of Expression (VOME)

Location: Jennie Lee Building, Meeting room 10
Time: 12.30pm, lunch will be provided from 12.00noon
Speaker(s): Debi Ashenden

Abstract: VOME is a three-year project which started in October 2008 and is funded by EPSRC, ESRC and TSB. The aim of VOME is to develop better ways of ensuring privacy and consent for identity management across the digital divide. This talk will give an overview of the project. It will outline how the project is attempting to engage a wide cross-section of end users and service providers in a discussion about identity management. The intention is to expose end users to different ways of thinking about identity in the online environment (through literature, art and performance) in an effort to enrich the engagement process and to better understand how end users make decisions about their identity information. In turn the project will build on this knowledge to develop prototypes of identity management tools and frameworks that better reflect the requirements of end users. VOME not only aims to build bridges across the digital divide in society but also to bridge the disciplinary divide between the social sciences and computer science. Bio: Debi Ashenden is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Informatics & Sensors at Cranfield University, Defence Academy of the UK. Debi is also Course Director for the MSc in Information Assurance for the Public Sector, supported by CSIA and CESG (starts Sept 2009). Prior to taking up her current post she was Managing Consultant for Professional Risk Services within QinetiQ’s Trusted Information Management Department. Debi has a broad range of commercial and public sector consultancy experience and a research interest in the psychological and sociological issues of information assurance. Specialising in information assurance and risk assessment, other areas of interest include building trust for information sharing, governance processes for information assurance, threat assessment and information security awareness. She has worked extensively across the public and private sector for organisations such as the MoD, Cabinet Office, Home Office, Euroclear, Barclaycard, Reuters and Close Bros. Debi has an MA in Victorian Literature, an MSc in Computer Science and an MBA. She has had a number of articles on information assurance published, presented at a range of conferences and co-authored a book for Butterworth Heinemann, Risk Management for Computer Security: Protecting Your Network & Information Assets. Debi is Vice Chair of the Human Factors Working Group for the Cyber Security KTN, and a member of the BCS Strategic Security Forum.

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