Dr. Mary Aiken

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Topic: Cyberpsychology

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

Dr Mary Aiken is the world’s leading expert in Cyberpsychology – the study of the impact of technology on human behaviour. She is an Adjunct Associate Professor at University College Dublin and the Academic Advisor (Psychology) to the European Cyber Crime Centre (EC3) at Europol, and member of the EC3 Academic Advisory Board. She is a Global Fellow at the Wilson Center, a leading US think tank, a lecturer in Criminology and Fellow at the School of Law, Middlesex University, Fellow of the Society for Chartered IT Professionals, and has served as Distinguished Prof. of the Practice of Cyber Analytics at AIRS, and Sensemaking Fellow at IBM Network Science RC.

Her numerous research areas include; organised cybercrime, cybersecurity, cyber behavioural profiling, technology facilitated human trafficking, cyberchondria, Artificial Intelligence, cyber ethics, child welfare in cyberspace, personal cyber security and safety. She is recognised as an expert at national and European level in policy debates at the intersection of technology and human behaviour. In 2013 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. She is a spokesperson and expert contributor to the European Commission’s Safer Internet Day and an Observer to the INTERPOL Specialists Group.

In 2014 Mary was inaugurated into SameShield a US organisation that honours women’s leadership in traditionally closed professions and was also appointed to the advisory board of The Hague Justice Portal. Mary is a Strategic Advisor to Paladin Capital Group a leading global investor in advanced technologies and solutions that protect critical infrastructure, and is a Scientific Advisor to the GenArm2Z initiative, Arm is a multinational semiconductor and software design company.

Prior to returning full time to academia in 2007, she held the position of Senior Vice President and European board member of an American Public Company, and specialised in consumer behavioural profiling, innovation methodology and future thinking.

In 2016 Mary was named as one of the Top 50 Most Inspiring Women in Technology in Europe. In 2017, Dr Mary Aiken was inducted into the Infosecurity Europe Hall of Fame, in recognition of her contribution to the information and cybersecurity sectors.

The CBS primetime show CSI:Cyber was inspired by the work of Cyberpsychologist Dr Mary Aiken.  Her book ‘The Cyber Effect’ has been widely reviewed and was selected by the Times as a 2016 ‘book of the year’ in the Thought Category, and 2016 ‘best science pick’ by Nature the International Journal of Science.

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

 Cyberpsychologist, Mary Aiken 

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

 

 

Recent talks:

(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.

Selection of 2017 talks:

(2017). “Fintech – Future Threats and Developments”(October 10) Charles Schwab & Co. National Cyber Security Awareness Month. Austin. Texas USA.

(2017). “How Cyber has Changed the World Around Us” (18 October) National Cryptologic Museum Foundation Annual Symposium John Hopkins University. MD. USA

(2017). “The Psychology of Cyberspace”(September 26) Microsoft Innovation Outreach Program. Chicago USA.

(2017). “The Future of Cyber criminality and Artificial Intelligence” (July 5) ENISA – European Parliament MEP’s Strasburg, France

(2017). “Hacking the Human” (27 June) Cyber Week – Tel Aviv University, Israel.

(2017).”The Cyberpsychology of Cybercrime” (7 June) Norfolk State University. USA.

(2017). “The Cyber Effect” (31 May) Hay Festival. Wales

(2017). ” Hacking Human Attention: The Ethics of Persuasive Technology” (26, May) The Oxford Union. Oxford. UK.

(2017). “The Cyber Effect: The Impact of Technology on Humankind” (22, May) Innotown Conference Norway.

 (2017). “The Cyber Effect: The Impact of Technology on Humankind” (5 April) Geary Institute for Public Policy University College Dublin.

 (2017) “The Future of Cyber Crime” (28 February ) The AIA 8th Ambassadors’ Roundtable On Cyber Security, Royal Society London.

(2017) “Forensic Cyberpsychology: Impact of Technology on Human Behaviour’ (10 January) ‘DUBAI HEALTH FORUM 2017’ Dubai.

(2017).  Where is the Digital Revolution Taking Us?  (24 November) EU Safer Internet Forum 2016 Luxemburg.

O’Sullivan. B & Aiken, M. P. & Shanahan, N. (2017) “The Future of Cyber Crime’ (16 November) The End is Nigh – Automatic Disqualification: Will AI Mean The End of Work, or The End of Humans? Science Gallery, Dublin.