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ICOSS Conference Room

The University of Sheffield, Sheffield, United Kingdom

219 Portobello

Sheffield

S1 4DP

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Since Edward Snowden’s 2013 revelations of the US and UK governments’ mass

surveillance activities (and cooperation of technology industries), we arguably live in a

different techno-cultural period, to which our research methodologies must respond.

New methods are needed to examine issues of transparency, trust, accountability and

privacy; particularly for those who research political elites, social movements and

activism.

This workshop will to bring together experts who have achieved rare success in

accessing ‘hidden data’ - from the deep web to terrorism suspects and elite ‘experts’.

We will explore themes such as information security, surveillance and researcher

safety; academic independence; ethical and methodological challenges of methods like

interviewing and ethnography of elites. Discussions will highlight the main ethical,

methodological and security challenges raised when researching power in a post-

Snowden society - especially the role of commercial and governmental elites in a

contemporary environment of increased state secrecy; commercial and state mass

surveillance; and societal forced transparency, and explore and develop methodological

approaches to dealing with these problems including information security solutions for

researchers and innovative methods of accessing and analysing data and sources for

the digital era.

Confirmed speakers:

● Prof. Ruth Blakeley, University of Kent

● Prof. Laleh Khalili, SOAS

● Dr Andrew McStay, Bangor University

● Dr Steve Wright, Leeds Beckett University

● Mr. Jamie Woodruff, Certified Ethical Hacker


(Attendance is free, but RSVP required. Spaces limited: please let us know if you register and can no longer attend. Lunch will be provided for all registered participants).

Funding generously provided by: Sheffield Methods Institute, Sheffield University Politics Department and Department of Journalism Studies

10-10:30am: Registration/ coffee/introductions

10:30am-12:00pm: Session 1: Challenges facing researchers in a post-Snowden environment

● Dr Andrew McStay, Bangor University

● Dr Steve Wright, Leeds Beckett University

● Dr. Emma Briant, University of Sheffield

12-1pm: Lunch

1:00-2:30pm Session 2: Advancing Methods and Security Solutions to meet Challenges

● Prof. Laleh Khalili, SOAS (via Skype)

● Prof. Ruth Blakeley, University of Kent

● Mr. Jamie Woodruff, Certified Ethical Hacker

● Dr. Lisa Stampnitzky, University of Sheffield

2:30-3pm: Coffee break

3-5pm: Breakout workshops

(Discussion Groups may include: media and political communication; state power, secrecy and surveillance; corporate power)





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The University of Sheffield, Sheffield, United Kingdom

219 Portobello

Sheffield

S1 4DP

United Kingdom

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