Pam Briggs


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Pam holds a Chair in Applied Psychology, delivering innovative research and consultancy around issues of identity, trust and security in new social media. Her research seeks answers to three main questions: Why and when do we feel secure in disclosing sensitive identity information about ourselves? What makes us trust an electronic message? How and when do we seek to protect our privacy?
In the last five years, Pam has published over forty articles on human perceptions of trust, privacy and security in computer-mediated communication and has recently developed, with colleagues, an innovative model of health advice-seeking online (ESRC funded). She has given a number of invited addresses on online trust and e-health, including an invited address on e-health to the World Health Summit 2009, the opening address at the Second International Conference on Privacy, Security and Trust (Canada) and the keynote to the 2010 IFIP Trust Management conference in Morioka, Japan. She has been a member of ESRC's fellowship and CASE studentship committees and has recently made a contribution to the Govt. Office for Science's Technology Foresight programme on the Future of Identity. She is currently a member of EPSRC's new Identity Futures Network and also EPSRC's Cybersecurity Network. She is one of the founder members of the UK's new ‘Science of Cybersecurity' Institute, funded by GCHQ in association with RCUK's Global Uncertainty Programme.

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Briggs, Pam, Blythe, Mark, Vines, John, Lindsay, Stephen, Dunphy, Paul, Nicholson, James, Green, David, Kitson, Jim, Monk, Andrew, Olivier, Patrick (2012): Invisible design: exploring insights and ideas through ambiguous film scenarios. In: Proceedings of DIS12 Designing Interactive Systems , 2012, . pp. 534-543.

Thomas, Lisa, Briggs, Pam, Little, Linda (2010): The impact of using location-based services with a behaviour-disordered child: a case stud. In: Proceedings of the Sixth Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction , 2010, . pp. 503-510.

Kim, David, Dunphy, Paul, Briggs, Pam, Hook, Jonathan, Nicholson, John, Nicholson, James, Olivier, Patrick (2010): Multi-touch authentication on tabletops. In: Proceedings of ACM CHI 2010 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems , 2010, . pp. 1093-1102.

Little, Linda, Briggs, Pam (2009): Private whispers/public eyes: Is receiving highly personal information in a public place s. In Interacting with Computers, 21 (4) pp. 316-322.

Little, Linda, Sillence, Elizabeth, Briggs, Pam (2009): Ubiquitous systems and the family: thoughts about the networked home. In: Proceedings of the 2009 Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security , 2009, . pp. 6.

Light, Ann, Briggs, Pam, Martin, Karen (2008): Seeding Without Leading: Making Space for Participant Contribution in Design Elicitation T. In: Proceedings of the HCI08 Conference on People and Computers XXII , 2008, . pp. 159-161.

Sillence, Elizabeth, Little, Linda, Briggs, Pam (2008): E-health. In: Proceedings of the HCI08 Conference on People and Computers XXII , 2008, . pp. 179-180.

Little, Linda, Briggs, Pam (2008): Ubiquitous Healthcare: Do we want it?. In: Proceedings of the HCI08 Conference on People and Computers XXII , 2008, . pp. 53-56.