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You will be part of the collective of highly-skilled interdisciplinary researchers associated with REPHRAIN, initially from the five lead institutions, but growing further over the lifetime of the Centre as more projects and researcher/practitioners-in-residence start.

The Centre’s researchers will jointly contribute to the REPHRAIN Map that will systematically track the global challenges of preventing and/or reducing online harms for individuals and identify the gaps in our knowledge in this arena, and to the REPHRAIN Toolbox to provide real, actionable, resources for researchers, practitioners and citizens globally. Staff associated with REPHRAIN will take part in all Centre-wide activities including project specific meetings, quarterly All-Hands meetings, masterclasses, Knowledge Exchange events and REPHRAIN showcases.

Current Vacancies

Senior Research Associate (Engagement Associate): Policy & Regulation to Address Privacy and Online Harms

2 years, Full time – University of Bristol

This role will support the delivery of REPHRAIN’s Policy & Regulation Cross-cutting strand, led by Dr Asma Vranaki. Protecting citizens including minors and vulnerable individuals against online harms, such as data privacy breaches, disinformation, fraud, cyber-crime and hate speech is a complex policy and regulatory issue which produces highly contested ideas at national and international levels regarding rights, obligations, liability, remedies and effectiveness of interventions.

This strand will engage closely with the work streams of multiple stakeholders, such as UK government departments, regulators and policy-makers, on combatting online harms. To this end, we will convene academics and practitioners from law, economics, public policy, human rights, international relations, law enforcement, software/hardware design, international standards and citizens’ juries.

More information here.

Research Associate: PRESERVE: Privacy-preserving Communication for Lightweight Applications

6 months, Full time – University of Edinburgh

In this project we propose to research the application of privacy-preserving technologies such as secret sharing, differential privacy and authenticated connections for lightweight devices. The goal is to design an efficient privacy-preserving communication network that will make use of future standards in LC with the privacy-preserving properties available on the Internet of today. Project objectives include:

  • Design an efficient framework for privacy-preserving communication using latest standards in lightweight cryptography.
  • Survey and evaluate the current state of the art and future directions
  • Identify the most promising cryptographic primitives that we may use for the purpose

More information here.

Research Associate: PROM: A Data Driven Approach to Understand the Promotion of Violence Across Online Cultures

12 months, Full time – King’s College London

Online radicalisation is a pressing problem that can foster spates of violence, which have permeated to the physical world in countless occasions. One driving factor that characterises online communities fostering online hate is the glorification and trivialization of violence in the community. Often times, the promotion of violence is carried out through visual or textual means that are ambiguous.

This project will investigate the role of online cultures in the promotion of violence, through a data-driven analysis. Identifying sources of violent narratives requires a deep understanding of how online communities are structured and the type of content shared. The project will leverage the outputs of two projects: the ESRC CREST project that has looked into the use of memes to promote violence led by Guillermo Suarez-Tangil; and ii) the EPSRC DADD project that has developed data-driven methods to automatically discover biases in language corpora led by José Such.

More information here.

Research Associate: HARM: Defining and measuring “harm”

31 months, Full time – University of Bath

At the University of Bath, we will be carrying out four specific projects aimed at: Defining and measuring online harm and developing a taxonomy; Mapping and measuring technology interactions associated with harm; Applying innovative methods to understand the impact of mitigation strategies through simulated social media environments; Conducting studies exploring realistic avatars and how they can be designed to support self-expression while minimizing potential harm.

In this specific role, you will contribute to systematically mapping the current state of the field with regards to online harms, as well as synthesising and disseminating outputs from relevant work as part of a wider programme of research for use by policymakers and regulators.

There is also a strong expectation that you will actively contribute to the strong profile of online behaviour and cybersecurity work at Bath and its interdisciplinary ethos through participation in the development and publication of research results in major international conferences and journals. The group participates in several major initiatives, including leading projects as part of the Centre for Research and Evidence on Security Threats (CREST), and the ESRC Digital Security by Design Social Science Hub+ (DiScriBe).

More information here.

Research Fellow in Computer Science

2 years, Full time – UCL

We are looking for a postdoctoral fellow to conduct research in the application of privacy enhancing technologies to improve transparency of measures to prevent financial fraud, and to enhance the level of consumer protection available to fraud victims.

More information here.