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UCL Professor speaks at South Bank Centre on technology surveillance, 27th February 2007

26 February 2007

Professor Angela Sasse, UCL Department of Computer Science, will be speaking tomorrow in a panel discussion at the South Bank Centre on the pros and cons of surveillance technology, being held as part of the Centre's '100 ideas to change the world' series.

Professor Sasse is Professor of Human-Centred Technology at UCL and an expert in the "human factors" related to the topic of ID security.

Issues to be raised by Professor Sasse include;

  • The potential benefits and dangers of surveillance for the individual and society
  • Current developments in technology that extend capabilities
  • Why it is so difficult for individual citizens to anticipate the consequences of those developments.

Many people are not yet fully aware of the consequences of placing information about themselves online, points out Professor Sasse. "Once the data is out there, you can't get it back," she says.

To interview Professor Sasse ahead of the event please contact the UCL media relations office.

Notes for Editors

1. More details on the event at the South Bank Centre can be found here http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/calendar/productions/surveillance-cultural-blessing-1535

2. For interviews or other queries please call the UCL media relations office on 0207 679 9728.