This is a roundup of what CREST has been up to in February 2020. You can stay up-to-date with all our work by signing up to the CREST Newsletter, and have CREST news and updates delivered straight to your inbox.
Soft Facts and Digital Behavioural Influencing
CREST has published a report on how ‘soft facts’ influence individual and collective behaviours.
The report, by Professor Martin Innes, states findings from the research project ‘Soft Facts and Digital Behavioural Influencing’. It examines how a series of soft facts communicated on social media in the aftermath of four terrorist attacks that took place in 2017, functioned to influence public perceptions and understandings of the causes and consequences of these events.
Understanding Digital Traces
How well does your phone know you? Can it describe your personality better than you can? Kris Geyer writes about his doctoral research on understanding digital traces.
In order to learn about someone’s personality, seeing how they act in real-life situations is incredibly valuable. However, until recently these approaches have been almost impossible in practice. Observing how someone behaves in their daily life would require someone to suspend their privacy and tolerate the continual presence of a researcher taking notes. But perhaps a solution to these problems can be found in your pocket …
CREST invites submissions for the second international conference on Behavioural and Social Sciences in Security (BASS20)
Portsmouth, UK, 30th June – 2nd July 2020.
BASS20 conference fees can now be found on our website and the booking form will be available shortly. We are also delighted to announce our bursary scheme for postgraduate students and unemployed or hourly-paid researchers. Bursaries will cover the conference fee and accommodation at the University of Portsmouth for the conference.
Proposals for papers, posters and lightning talks can be made against our three themes: ‘Understanding Who and Why’; ‘Better Intelligence Gathering and Decision-Making’; and ‘Protective Security and Risk Assessment’. We welcome submissions for any discipline.
The closing date for submissions is Sunday 15th March
We are delighted to welcome Laura Summers to the team, as our new administrative assistant.Laura has a BSc in Psychology and an LLM in International Human Rights Law and has worked both in the charity sector and local government in the areas of exploitation, radicalisation, and safeguarding young people. Before joining us, Laura worked in China and Malaysia managing dance and sport programmes for children.
Laura will be supporting the Director and Centre Manager, covering Jen Reid‘s maternity leave.
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