InfoSec Seminar: Gender and IoT: Discussing security principles for victims of Internet of Things (IoT)-supported tech abuse

Speaker: Leonie Tanczer

Date/Time: 14-Jun-2018, 16:00 UTC

Venue: Roberts 421



An increasing number of household devices are now “smart” in that they contain sensors, record activity, and share and store data – from teddy bears, door locks to smart TVs. However, little research exists on the gender-based implications such devices have in the context of the domestic household and, specifically, intimate controlling behaviour like gender-based violence and abuse. This presentation will outline findings from the "Gender and IoT" (G-IoT) research project which addresses the research question: How will IoT impact on gender-based domestic violence and abuse and what socio-technical measures will need to be implemented in order to mitigate against those risks? G-IoT is a 2017-18 Social Science Plus Pilot Project thatruns in collaboration with UCL's Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy (STEaPP) and UCL's Department of Computer Science. In the course of the presentation, Leonie would like to stress-test resources developed for support services and for frontline domestic abuse workers and hopes to receive feedback and input on how to potentially improve them. More information about G-IoT can be found here: 






Leonie Maria Tanczer is Postdoctoral Research Associate at University College London’s (UCL) Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy (STEaPP). She is former Fellow at the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG) in Berlin and studied Political Science (B.A.) at the University of Vienna and University of Limerick (Republic of Ireland) and Political Psychology (MSc.) at Queen's University Belfast. At UCL, Tanczer is part of the PETRAS Internet of Things (IoT) Research Hub, working on issues such as the regulation and standardisation of IoT devices. She is also Principal Investigator for a research project which examines the implications of the IoT on victims of gender-based domestic violence and abuse. More information about Tanczer's

work can be found on her homepage:



Dr Simon Parkin is a Senior Research Associate in the Human-Centred Security team, part of the Information Security Research Group at UCL. Recent work in the Productive Security project has included studies of employee security behaviours and security awareness initiatives in large organisations. Simon complements collaboration with larger organisations with examination of security management activities in small organisations and charities. Simon was previously a member of the Innovation Team at HP Enterprise Security Services until mid-2012. Following completion of his PhD at Newcastle University in 2007, he was a Research Associate on the inter-disciplinary Trust Economics project through to 2011.

Professor George Danezis is a Professor of Security and Privacy Engineering at the Department of Computer Science of University College London, and Head of the Information Security Research Group. He has been working on anonymous communications, privacy enhancing technologies (PET), and traffic analysis since 2000. He has previously been a researcher for Microsoft Research, Cambridge; a visiting fellow at K.U.Leuven (Belgium); and a research associate at the University of Cambridge (UK), where he also completed his doctoral dissertation under the supervision of Prof. R.J. Anderson. His theoretical contributions to the Privacy Technologies field include the established information theoretic and other probabilistic metrics for anonymity and pioneering the study of statistical attacks against anonymity systems. On the practical side he is one of the lead designers of the anonymous mail system Mixminion, as well as Minx, Sphinx, Drac and Hornet; he has worked on the traffic analysis of deployed protocols such as Tor. His current research interests focus around secure communications, high-integirty systems to support privacy, smart grid privacy, peer-to-peer and social network security, as well as the application of machine learning techniques to security problems. He has published over 70 peer-reviewed scientific papers on these topics in international conferences and journals.

Dr Trupti Patel currently works in STEaPP as an intern Research Assistant on two projects, one funded by UCL Grand Challenges, “Thermal Comfort and Contextual Thermography” and another funded by the Collaborative Social Science ++, “Gender and IoT”. Trupti's research focuses on the impact of new technologies on multi-cultural societies. Focussing on a future internet of people approach, she is interested in how models of social relations may be used which reflect members of societies made up of a variety of multi-cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. Trupti was recently awarded her PhD in Nanotechnology which was conducted at UCL's London Centre for Nanotechnology and the National Physical Laboratory. Previous to this, she studied an MSc in Nanotechnology and a BSc in Physics. She took on this internship to move into a more interdisciplinary field.

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