Posted Dec 17th 2020

Over the coming months we’ll be showcasing the work of CRISP researchers in our new feature, ‘Publication of the month’. Although 2020 wiped out research for a lot of academics, the CRISP doctoral students have continued to be very productive. This month we look at St Andrews PhD student Anuj Puri’s new paper ‘Moral Imitation: Can an algorithm really be ethical?’ published in the Rutgers Law...

Posted Dec 17th 2020

Three CRISP doctoral students have been appointed to prestigious research projects at institutes around the world. Amy Stevens, Daniel Marciniak (both CRISP Essex) and Janis Wong (CRISP St Andrews) have been snapped up by leading institutes investigating surveillance in governance, policing and education respectively.

Amy Stevens (pictured left) has been appointed a Senior Research...

Posted Dec 3rd 2020

Watching and being seen often features in biblical texts. God and angels are depicted as figures able to observe humans. People in the Bible engage in looking at others, sometimes spying on enemies, or keeping an eye out in particular for those who are in need. Being seen is also understood as something people need and want; to be confirmed by God’s gaze.

Everyday life in the 21st...

Posted Dec 2nd 2020

Hello everyone! Things have been very quiet here at CRISP towers for the last few months. Many CRISP members have had all their time taken up with online teaching activities due to the pandemic.  Nonetheless a few of us have still been able to beaver away quietly on our research too. In the next few weeks we're going to be updating you all with news of our research activities, publications and...

Posted Oct 6th 2020

Professor Charles Raab, CRISP Director at the University of Edinburgh, is Co-Investigator on the new ESRC funded project ‘PATH-AI: Mapping an Intercultural Path to Privacy, Agency and Trust in Human-AI Ecosystems’. This project is a partnership between The Alan Turing Institute (the UK's national institute for data science and AI research) and RIKEN (Japan's largest comprehensive research...

Posted Oct 1st 2020

Government and Social Media

Special Issue of the Journal Information Polity

Guest Editors

Rodrigo Sandoval-Almazan, State Autonomous University of the State of Mexico, Mexico (
Andrea Kavanaugh, Virginia Tech, USA (
J. Ignacio Criado, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain (


Social media...

Posted Sep 3rd 2020

Guest Editors
Mila Gasco-Hernandez, Center for Technology in Government and Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, University at Albany, SUNY
Giorgia Nesti, University of Padova
Maria Cucciniello, University of Edinburgh Business School

Information and communication technologies (ICTs) are not gender-neutral: they are not accessed, managed and...

Posted Aug 21st 2020

The COVID-19-crisis and the information polity: An overview of responses and discussions in twenty-one countries from six continents

Information Polity, Vol.25, No.3, 2020.

Albert Meijer, Utrecht University
C. William R. Webster, University of Stirling.

Governments around the world are utilizing data and information systems to manage the COVID-19-crisis. To obtain an...

Posted May 18th 2020

In this blog post, Kirstie Ball, Sally Dibb, and Sara Degli Esposti continue Blink's series of scholarly responses to the coronavirus pandemic. The image is entitled 'Untitled: Found objects placed in resin' by Liam Ainscough.

Governments of all colours are pursuing mass smartphone surveillance to monitor social distancing and to contact trace people in the face of coronavirus. A...

Posted May 18th 2020

Kirstie Ball and William Webster

Big Data Surveillance: Competing Logics

When viewed through a surveillance studies lens Big Data is instantly problematic. In comparison with its predecessors, and by virtue of its pre-emptive impulses and intimate data flows, Big Data creates a more penetrating gaze into consumers’ and service users’ lives. As Big Data draws on data streams from...