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When Black Swans are really ugly ducklings: Internet of Things threats to journalism in democracies

Anjuli Shere

Anjuli's research has so far assessed journalists’ understandings of and security behaviours relating to IoT threats, and compared them to the recommendations of cyber security experts. The study demonstrated that participants were largely unaware of how to protect their work and wellbeing from the intrusive capabilities of new IoT devices, such as smart doorbells, smart televisions, and smart lightbulbs. This talk will discuss these findings as well as her current research, which has included interviewing over 60 experts across her case study countries of the US, UK, Australia and Taiwan on relevant aspects of IoT threats to journalists.

 

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Anjuli (@AnjuliRKShere) is an analyst, writer, and researcher, with experience of journalistic and security-related investigations. While attending ‘Particle Summer School’ at CERN, she was inspired by the scientific progress created by global collaboration. She has since studied a BA (Hons) in Politics and International Relations at the University of Nottingham, and spent a year gaining a Certificate in Social Sciences and Humanities at Sciences Po, Paris.

Alongside her master’s degree in Science and International Security in the Department of War Studies at King’s College London, Anjuli began reporting on current affairs for the New Statesman. She specialised in strategic security threats posed by emerging technological concerns, and wrote her dissertation on the extent to which machine learning could protect the NHS from cyber-attacks. Her professional endeavours also include working as the conference and research analyst for the Association for International Broadcasting.

During the first year of her doctorate in Cyber Security at the University of Oxford, Anjuli co-organised and emceed the CDT conference on Cyber Espionage and returned to her work as an intelligence analyst on Channel 4’s award-winning fugitive simulation, ‘Hunted’. She also conducted cross-disciplinary research projects within the faculties of Law and Computer Science, covering open-source intelligence, data protection legislation, state surveillance and emerging technologies.

Currently, Anjuli’s thesis research aims to create a framework for mitigations of Internet of Things threats to the free press, for transcontinental news organisations to integrate into their cyber security strategies. Her case study countries are the UK, USA, Australia and Taiwan.

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