UCL Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy


News from the Digital Policy Lab

MPA Candidates in Digital Technologies and Public Policy Routes Week

The MPA candidates recently spent a fun and engaging week exploring London’s Digital community. Zoey Tung, MPA Candidate in Digital Technologies and Public Policy said of the planned activities, "The DTPP route week was an enriching experience of learning outside the classroom. Hearing from different policy practitioners provided us with the real-world context to complement our course materials. Finally, seeing the Enigma machine and drawing parallels between encryption during WWII and cybersecurity today was definitely a highlight!"

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Global Governance of the Internet of Things

Exploring options for addressing the policy – technical communication barrier. Making sound decisions about the governance of rapidly emerging technologies like the Internet of Things is demanding at the domestic level. Coordination at the global level is even more difficult again. The pace of change coupled with the complexities of global supply chains, unclear lines of responsibility and liability, and problems of giving and obtaining consent make the IoT particularly challeng ing. For policymakers, the heightened insecurity created by the rapid expansion of the IoT marks a significant governance challenge. 

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PETRAS research reflected in DCMS newly released Code of Practice for consumer IoT security

What’s on your Christmas wish list this year? A smart watch? A smart home hub perhaps? Or maybe you’d love the latest smart home heating system, allowing you to control your central heating from anywhere via an app on your phone. The number of smart and internet-connected gadgets in our homes is growing rapidly and the number is only set to increase as new technologies emerge and become part of the mainstream.

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UCL researchers launch guide for frontline workers on how the Internet of Things can affect victims of gender-based domestic and sexual violence and abuse

UCL researchers, Dr Leonie Tanczer, Dr Simon Parkin, Dr Trupti Patel and Professor George Danezis, today launched a guide and a resource list for frontline workers and support services working with victims of domestic and sexual violence and abuse. The guide aims to help support services talk about abuse carried out using ‘smart’, internet-connected devices (also known as the Internet of Things, or IoT). It also explains common ways in which IoT devices work, in case abuse of this kind is suspected.

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UCL represented by interdisciplinary team at the first Cyber 9/12 Student Challenge in the UK

An interdisciplinary team from UCL STEaPP and the Department of Computer Science represented the university at the first Cyber 9/12 Student Challenge in the UK, which took place at the iconic BT Tower on 26-27th February. Forming the team were Ana Saldarriaga Gomez, Mathilde McBride, Oliviero Iurcovich – three MPA students at UCL STEaPP – and Jonathan Spring, PhD candidate in Computer Science.

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ECSEPA Mapping Validation Workshop

The ECSEPA team recently hosted a Mapping Validation Workshop, bringing together policymakers working in cyber security across HMG to discuss how best to represent our ‘Map of the UK Cyber Security Governance Landscape.’

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STEaPP @ 34c3

From the 27th to the 30th of December 2017, the 34th Chaos Communication Congress (34c3) took place in Leipzig, Germany. This annual hacker conference organised by the German Chaos Computer Club (CCC) brings together various communities and features a variety of lectures, workshops, and self-organised sessions on diverse technical and socio-political topics.

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MPA Scenario Week in Digital Technology

This week, our MPA students have been busy with ‘Scenario Week’ – a five day exercise in which they work in groups to develop policy advice for a client on a real world problem.

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