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Lynne  holds a Chair in Psychology, delivering innovative research and consultancy around issues of privacy, trust and security in technology.  She is particularly interested in exploring ways to optimise secure and safe digital inclusion; ensuring a socially responsible approach to design of technology that will benefit all. Her work focuses on the  identification of  barriers to adoption of technology; the  unintended consequences and potential harms arising from inappropriate design or  use of technology and designing interventions to remove these.

Lynne Is Director of PactLab: A group of psychologists focusing their research on the impact of technology on different aspects of our digital lives. She is also Director of Northumbria’s Academic Centre of Excellence in Cybersecurity Research, which pulls together cybersecurity researchers from different disciplines across the university, and Co-Lead of the Human and Digital Design multidisciplinary research theme. She is one of the founder members of the UK's Research Institute for Sociotechnical cybersecurity, funded by GCHQ in association with RCUK's Global Uncertainty Programme.

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Lynne  holds a Chair in Psychology, delivering innovative research and consultancy around issues of privacy, trust and security in technology.  She is particularly interested in exploring ways to optimise secure and safe digital inclusion; ensuring a socially responsible approach to design of technology that will benefit all. Her work focuses on the  identification of  barriers to adoption of technology; the  unintended consequences and potential harms arising from inappropriate design or  use of technology and designing interventions to remove these.

Lynne Is Director of PactLab: A group of psychologists focusing their research on the impact of technology on different aspects of our digital lives. She is also Director of Northumbria’s Academic Centre of Excellence in Cybersecurity Research, which pulls together cybersecurity researchers from different disciplines across the university, and Co-Lead of the Human and Digital Design multidisciplinary research theme. She is one of the founder members of the UK's Research Institute for Sociotechnical cybersecurity, funded by GCHQ in association with RCUK's Global Uncertainty Programme.

My research focuses on why and how people adopt and use digital technologies in their everyday lives. I am particularly interested in issues of privacy, security and trust. In particular understanding reasons for insecure or unsafe cyberbehaviours and ways of protecting people online. I have a special interest in the relationship between older adults and technology and ways in which technology can support independence; facilitate health and social care as well as self care.

Education/Academic qualification

Psychology, PhD

1 Jul 200931 Dec 2099

Award Date: 1 Jul 2009

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