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The Cyber Effect: the Impact of Technology on Humankind

20 February 2019 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
This event is free and open to BPS members and the public. Registration is required.
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Cyberpsychology is the study of the impact and intersection of technology on human behaviour.

The ‘Cyber Effect’ provides some explanatory value regarding the impact of technology on humanity; from cyber babies to cyberchondria; social technology “addictive type behaviours’ to behavioral manipulation of voters online; sexting teens to online dating, and youth hacking to the growth of organised cybercrime.

Future cyber issues and trends will  be explored and a number of challenges will be considered:

  • How do we balance competing priorities and interests in cyberspace?
  • Are we losing control of the digital sphere?
  • How can society ensure that technology works in our favour?

Arguably what is new is not always good and technology only brings progress when we are able as a society to mitigate its most harmful effects.

Queen's University Belfast
Stranmillis Road
Keir Building
Room DKB OG 115


17:30 Registration
18:00 Lecture

Speaker: Dr Mary Aiken

Cyberpsychologist Mary Aiken is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Geary Institute for Public Policy, University College Dublin and an academic advisor to Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre (EC3). Mary is a Global Fellow at the Wilson Center, the leading US institution for in-depth research and dialogue to inform actionable ideas on global issues. She is a lecturer in Criminology and Fellow at the School of Law, Middlesex University,  a Fellow of the Society for Chartered IT Professionals and an International affiliate member of the American Psychological Association.
In 2017 Mary was inducted into the Infosecurity Europe Hall of Fame, in recognition of contribution to the information and cybersecurity sector, she is a strategic advisor at European and International levels in policy debates on the impact of technology on human behavior, and has published and spoken worldwide on this topic. Her research interests include the impact of technology on the developing child, youth hacking, AI, Internet psychology, cyberchondria, human factors in cybersecurity, cyber criminology and behavioural manipulation online. Mary is a member of the Hague Justice Portal advisory board and the INTERPOL Specialists Group for Crimes against Children. 

Mary’s work as a cyberpsychologist inspired the CBS primetime television series 'CSI:Cyber'  she was a producer on the show. Her recent book ‘The Cyber Effect’ was selected by the Sunday Times as a 2016 book of the year in the ‘Thought’ category, and 2016 ‘best science pick’ by Nature the International Journal of Science and Technology.

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