The perception of trust, or the lack thereof, is an overarching theme in social inclusion. In technological terms trust has been researched to a more limited extent than security, probably because it is a more complex problem that cannot be solved by technological means alone. Nevertheless, the acceptance of any software platform, any user interface, and any business model, stands or falls with the existence and nurturing of trust.
A software layer for trust is fundamentally different from more traditional system properties, such as security, dependability or scalability. Trust is a supplement to all these, and in some cases can supersede any system property in importance. The technology perspective will explore issues of trust and security for the delivery of digital technologies within the SiDE project. Read more
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Electronic footprints in the sand
Work led by SiDE CoInvestigator Aad van Moorsel is exploring the need for privacy in Internet-based social support systems. Working with domestic violence survivors at the Angelou Centre (a women’s support centre for BME (Black and Minority Ethnic) based in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK) the research investigates how to design and implement various technological features that can be used to assist domestic violence survivors.