Published: 21 May 2013

Surrey professor starts The Conversation

A Surrey professor has become one of the first contributors to a newly formed website looking at in-depth current affairs.

Professor Alan Woodward of the Department of Computing has written a piece on phone hacking for The Conversation, a new independent source of online news  written by the academic and research community, launched on May 16.

Prof. Woodward’s article, featured on the front of The Conversation, examines issues of privacy and security in relation to mobile devices. He writes, “There are now more mobile devices than people on our planet. The amount of personal detail we share through mobile devices is also increasing. So it is not surprising that cyber-criminals want a piece of that pie, putting our privacy and finances at risk.”

The University has signed up as a founding partner to The Conversation for an initial six months alongside twelve top Universities. The aim of The Conversation is for better understanding of current affairs and complex issues. The website will provide a useful way for academics to become part of public debate and give an authoritative source of news on the Higher Education sector.

The Conversation is run like a newspaper, staffed by a team of editors in London, who commission academics at university and research institutes to write topical features. It was launched in Australia in March 2011 by former Observer, Big Issue and Melbourne Age Editor, Andrew Jaspan. Since then it has grown to become Australia’s largest independent news and commentary site.

The Conversation is looking for contributions from academics and researchers across a number of broad themes: ‘Science and Technology’, ‘Health and Medicine’, ‘Politics and Society’ and ‘Business and Economy’.

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