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Topic: Cyberpsychology

Expertise: Technology, Cybercrime, Human factors in Cybersecurity, Healthtech, Internet Psychology,  SafetyTech, Fintech & Artificial Intelligence.

Professor Mary Aiken is a world leading expert in Cyberpsychology –  the study of the impact of technology on human behaviour.

She is a Professor of Forensic Cyberpsychology in the Department of Law and Criminology at the University of East London, and an Adjunct Professor at the Geary Institute for Public Policy University College Dublin, Ireland.

She is an Academic Advisor to Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) and a member of the EC3 Academic Advisory Board. Professor Aiken is a Fellow of The Royal Society of Medicine, Global Fellow at the Wilson Center (leading US think tank), a member of the Medico-Legal Society of Ireland, an International Affiliate Member of the American Psychological Association (APA) and a Fellow of the Society for Chartered IT Professionals.

Her research interests include; AI, Fintech, SafetyTech, human factors in cybersecurity, organized cybercrime, online behavioural profiling, Internet psychology, personal cyber security and safety, online harms and child protection online.

Professor Aiken is recognised as an international expert in policy debates at the intersection of technology and human behaviour. She co-led a White House research team focused on tackling ‘Technology Facilitated Human Trafficking’ and was appointed by the Department of Communications to the Internet Content Governance Advisory Group.

More recently Mary has been at the cutting edge of a new sector called “SafetyTech” which describes the emerging online safety technologies sector.

What’s the difference between cybersecurity and cyber safety?

It’s binary; cybersecurity protects data, networks and systems;  cyber safety or “SafetyTech’ protects people. Professor Aiken recently addressed the United Nations Internet Governance Forum 2020, which for the first time had a dedicated ‘SafetyTech’ event, hosted by the UK Government.

She was an expert advisor on the UK Gov. report that launched the UK ‘SafetyTech’ sector earlier this year “Safer technology, Safer users”

She also delivered a ‘SafetyTech’ Masterclass for a global bank outlining how ‘SafetyTech’ can be applied to the Financial Services sector.

Prof. Aiken says “It is critical that networks and systems are robust, resilient and secure however, it is equally important that people are psychologically robust, resilient, secure and safe in cyber contexts. SafetyTech describes the emerging online safety technologies sector which delivers solutions to facilitate safer online experiences” 

In 2019 Professor Aiken was named in the top 50 women in GovTech in the Asia Pacific region. She is a spokesperson and expert contributor to the European Commission’s Safer Internet Day, and an Observer to the INTERPOL Specialists Group.

Prior to returning to academia, Professor Aiken worked at a board level in industry; specializing in consumer behavioral profiling, innovation and future thinking. She is a Strategic Advisor to the Paladin Capital Group Cyber fund, and a Scientific Advisor to ARM Holdings’ kids and technology project GenARM2Z.

Professor Aikens work as a Cyberpsychologist inspired the CBS primetime television series CSI: Cyber, she was a producer on the show. Her  book, ‘The Cyber Effect’ was selected by the Times as a 2016 ‘book of the year’ in the Thought category, and was listed in the top twenty science books by Nature the International Journal of Science. A published, peer-reviewed author, Professor Mary Aiken has been featured by CBS, BBC, New York Post, Newsweek, NPR, Inside Edition, Scientific American, Variety, the Atlantic,  Washington Post,  New York Times,  Sunday Times,  The Guardian,  Hollywood Reporter and Time Magazine.

The Cyber Effect: A Pioneering Cyberpsychologist Explains How Human Behaviour Changes Online, A ground-breaking exploration of how cyberspace is changing the way we think, feel and behave.

The Cyber Effect has now been translated into Mandarin, Chinese, Japanese, Korean German and Arabic

Reviews

“Just as Rachel Carson launched the modern environmental movement with her Silent Spring, Mary Aiken delivers a deeply disturbing, utterly penetrating and urgently timely investigation into the perils of the largest unregulated social experiment of our time.” BOB WOODWARD

“ Drawing on a fascinating and mind-boggling range of research and knowledge, Mary Aiken has written a great, important book that terrifies then consoles by pointing a way forward so that our experience online might not outstrip our common sense. A must-read for this moment in time.” – STEVEN LEVITT, co-author of the New York Times bestseller Freakonomics

 

The Cyber Effect offers a fascinating and chilling look at a future we can still do something about.

Reviews

“Just as Rachel Carson launched the modern environmental movement with her Silent Spring, Mary Aiken delivers a deeply disturbing, utterly penetrating and urgently timely investigation into the perils of the largest unregulated social experiment of our time.”

– BOB WOODWARD

“ Drawing on a fascinating and mind-boggling range of research and knowledge, Mary Aiken has written a great, important book that terrifies then consoles by pointing a way forward so that our experience online might not outstrip our common sense. A must-read for this moment in time.”STEVEN LEVITT, co-author of the New York Times bestseller Freakonomics

The Cyber Effect has now been translated into Mandarin, Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Arabic

 

 Recent talks:

(2019) “Using the medium of  TV to teach people the psychology of Cyberspace” (8 August) American Psychological Association (APA) 2019 Convention. Chicago, USA.

(2019). “Forecasting and planning for the Future” (4 July) INTERPOL World Conference. Singapore.

(2019). “Cyber Effects: Implications for China.” (17 June) Launch of the Chinese edition of the Cyber Effect. Beijing, China.

(2019). “Cyber risk-taking, delinquency and criminality: youth pathways into  cybercrime” (15 June) Global Conference on Youth and Cybercrime. Hong Kong.

(2019). ‘Security in Cyberspace’ (23 May) Paladin Capital: Cybersecurity Executive Workshop,  Cybersecurity Competence Center Luxembourg

(2019). “The Cyber Effect: The Impact of Technology on the World of Business” (20 March) Standard Chartered Bank Connectors Forum. Singapore.

(2019). “Living in Cyberspace: The Social, Legal, Business and Political Implications for Ireland” (15 February) The Institute of International and European Affairs. Dublin, Ireland.

2018

(2018) ‘The Challenge of Insider Threat’ Cybersecurity Session at the Swiss International Finance Forum on October 25, 2018, in Zurich, Switzerland.

(2018). “The Role of Artificial Intelligence in Society”  BBC, Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence (CFI) and University of Cambridge. BBC Broadcasting House, Marylebone, London, UK.

(2018) ‘Humans, Machines and the Psychological Impact of AI in Finance’ European Investment Roundtable. 26-28 September. Copenhagen: Denmark.

(2018) AI & Cyber Effects on Healthcare” Spark Summit at the Royal College of Surgeons. 5th October. Dublin Ireland.

(2018). “The Impact of Technology on Human Behaviour: Implications for Justice” The Bar Council Conference (May 30) Malaga. Spain

(2018). “Cyber: The Criminal Frontier” (March 21) INTERGRAF The European Federation for Print & Digital Communication High-security Printing 2018. Dublin. Ireland. (2018). “When Humans and Technology Collide” (April 30) Collision Web Summit. New Orleans USA.

(2018). “Rebooting Tech for a Human-Centered Approach” (March 8-18) SXSW Festival Austin Texas USA.