Centre for the International Study of Cyberethics and Human Rights

CISCHR was a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to promoting the international study of cyberethics. More specifically, the Centre was established to encourage informed public debate on human rights issues that relate to the actual or potential misuse of information and communication technologies as well as relevant issues concerning social inclusion. Its objectives included:

In 2004 CISCHR collaborated with BRASS (ESCR Centre for Business Relationships, Accountability, Sustainability and Society at Cardiff University) in the completion of the OSKaR Project: Access to the Knowledge Economy: Bridging the Digital Divide in Wales. OSKaR was part of the TASK programme – Towards a Sustainable Knowledge Based Region, managed by the National Assembly for Wales, a project approved under the European Commission’s Innovative Actions Programme which aimed at stimulating innovative approaches to regional development.

In 2004 I gave a presentation on public trust at a strategy scoping meeting on Cybertrust and Information Security at the Royal Society as part of its Science in Society programme.

In 2005 I was guest lecture at CADFAN's AGM. The title of the lecture was “Whose Information Is It Anyway? Security and Trust in Cyberspace”

In 2005 CISCHR collaborated with the Welsh e-Science Centre at Cardiff University in its submission of a response to Making the Connections: Delivering Better Services for Wales, a consultative paper issued by the Welsh Assembly Government.

In 2006 CISCHR was represented at a conference on “The Meanings of Genetics: Science and the Concepts of Personhood” sponsored by Cardiff University and Health Care Analysis journal. The conference brought together speakers from different humanities and social science disciplines “to explore the impact of genetic research on the concept of being human”.

As Director of CISCHR, I lectured on subjects including 'Introduction to Cyberethics' (B.Sc. and M.Sc. level), Net Neutrality, High Speed Broadband, Autism and the Internet.

I also provided Reader Reports for Palgrave Macmillan and Jessica Kingsley

Finally I collaborated with Professor Geoffrey Samuel at Cardiff University's School of History, Archaeology and Religion (SHARE) in putting together and contributing to two short seminar series which, examined, cultural and philosophically, the BBC2 series All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace by the film maker Adam Curtis and Andrei Tarkovsky's films Solaris and Stalker.