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Social media users freely share personal data but fear highly-regulated Government ‘snooping’

Dr Simon Hale-Ross, law lecturer at Leeds Law School, Leeds Beckett University, writes on digital security.

 DR Simon Hale-Ross

Technology, society and the Fourth Industrial Revolution

At a recent Leeds Beckett Innovation Network event, Jamie Morgan, Professor Economic Sociology, spoke about the opportunities – and challenges – of the rise of Artificial Intelligence. In this post, he considers the impact of the forthcoming ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’.

The Facebook privacy scandal proves that if it’s free online, you are the product

Mark Zuckerberg’s testimony to congress last week highlights one of the key issues of our time - Data acquisition by digital corporations and its lack of regulation.


Artificial Intelligence - the verge of a revolution?

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and its potential impact for businesses was the subject of a recent Leeds Beckett Innovation Network event at the Yorkshire Post. In this blog post, Dr Abdulrahman Altahhan – who spoke at the event - considers the opportunities and challenges of AI.

 Dr Abdulrahman Altahhan

Five digital trends to look out for in Higher Education in 2018

In today's Beckett Trends post, Simon Thomson, Head of Digital Pedagogy in the Centre for Learning and Teaching, looks ahead to what digital trends we should look out for in Higher Education in 2018.

 Simon Thomson

Fake news

In light of the increasing scrutiny of how fake news is spread on social media platforms following the US election result, Sean Dodson, Senior lecturer and postgraduate leader in Journalism at Leeds Beckett, explores the issue and how journalism can stay independent, truthful and fair.


Digital Transformation - a sport marketing educator’s perspective

In this blog post, Angela Green, Senior Lecturer, Sport Marketing, in the School of Sport at Leeds Beckett, reflects on some of the digital developments changing the education landscape.

New approaches to promote activity vital in stopping 'inactivity epidemic'

In this blog post, PhD Research student Katie Pickering and Professor Jim McKenna reflect on the findings of a recent study which suggests lack of exercise could be killing twice as many people as obesity in Europe.

Jury still out on whether Eugene Goostman passed the Turing test

Following recent reports that a computer program named Eugene Goostman which imitates a Ukrainian teenager has won an artificial intelligence competition at the Royal Society in London, Professor Colin Pattinson assesses the potential advancement in artificial intelligence.

 Professor Colin Pattinson

Can Morrisons Deliver?

As Morrisons prepare to launch their online food shopping service in Yorkshire this coming Monday, Professor Cathy Barnes contemplates how the supermarket will fare in the online shopping marketplace.

Friends Reunited

Friends Reunited pioneered social networking in the UK but it might struggle to compete a decade on from its original launch.