SPRITE+ Newsletter: December 2022
The Security, Privacy, Identity and Trust Engagement NetworkPlus

In this Newsletter:

SPRITE+ Conference 2023 - Call for contributions now open!

Merry Christmas from the SPRITE+ Team

News and Publications from the SPRITE+ Community

Upcoming Events

Job Opportunities

From practical testing to the development of a new research practice

National Conference on Societal Resilience

Contact Details

Subscription Details

Upcoming Events

WMG at the University of Warwick is hosting an international Conference on AI and the Digital Economy (CADE 2023) on 26th and 28th June 2023 in Venice, Italy. Read more here.

Job Opportunities

Research Associate, University of Edinburgh. Closing date: 4 January 2023. Read more here.

Research Associate in Cyber Security & Privacy, University of York. Closing date: 6 January 2023. Read more here.

PhD Studentship: Pathways into Cyber Offending, University of Bath. Closing date: 13 January 2023. Read more here.

PhD Studentship: Evaluation of healthcare Internet of Things (IoT) systems to monitor and protect older people via IoT trust, University of Liverpool. Closing date: 20 January 2023. Read more here.

PhD Studentship: Smart Homes, Smart Decisions: Establishing Accountability in Algorithmic Security Systems, Queen’s University Belfast. Closing date: 31 January 2023. Read more here.

PhD Studentship: CDT in Digital Health and Care, University of Bristol. Closing date: 11 February 2023. Read more here.

12 Doctoral Researchers (F/M/D) in Computational Science and Accessibility, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). Closing date: 15 February 2023. Read more here.

PhD Scholarships in Cyber Security and Privacy, University of York. Read more here.

From practical testing to the development of a new research practice

Stockport-based business and Sprite + partner, the Age Check Certification Scheme (ACCS), is known nationally and internationally for its simple credo: “we test that ID and age check systems work”.
In 2020, it opened its Biometric Testing Lab which enables a team of certification and data protection specialists and data scientists to put a range of age assurance and identity techniques through their paces.
Building on this expertise, ACCS is now looking to build a portfolio of public-policy research projects to help build understanding of decision makers and regulators about how best to allow children to thrive in an online and interconnected world, balancing privacy and protection, through better use of Artificial Intelligence and Big Data. If you’d be interested in partnering with ACCS, please contact: Katharine.walters@accscheme.com.

National Conference on Societal Resilience

This National Conference on Societal Resilience will provide a forum bringing together partners from policy and practice from across UK+ to share insights, learn together, and identify opportunities on how to enhance societal resilience. The conference will seek to understand the ambition on societal resilience and galvanise further collaboration and action.

20 Mar 14:00 - 21 Mar 16:00. Find out more here.

SPRITE+ Conference 2023 - Call for contributions now open!

As we reach the end of our first four years, and look forward to the next four, save the date to come and celebrate with us!

We are holding a two-day conference in Belfast on 28-29 June 2023 at the Titanic Centre. We’ll be showcasing some of our achievements and working together to shape the next four years of SPRITE+.

Call for contributions now live!

We invite Members and Expert Fellows to submit proposals for talks, posters, panels and workshops. We will waive registration fees for all accepted presenters.

If you are an academic Member or academic Expert Fellow (as of 1 January 2023) and you are unable to access institutional support, we may be able to support your attendance by covering reasonable UK travel and accommodation costs. Priority will be given to accepted presenters and active SPRITE+ Members/Fellows.

PLEASE NOTE: SPRITE+ Members get a heavily discounted registration rate! Membership is free. PLEASE NOTE: this discount offer is only available to people who join before 1 January 2023. Join the SPRITE+ community here.


Merry Christmas from the SPRITE+ Team

Happy Christmas everyone! We hope you enjoy your break.

We are out of office from 22nd Dec - 3rd January, but we will be back in the new year to answer all your queries and continue with our events and activities

Thank you all for a fantastic 2022!

News and Publications from the SPRITE+ Community

Every month we ask SPRITE+ members to share their news with the community. All previous publications from members are available on

SPRITE+ Expert Fellow Carolina Are recently published a paper titled An autoethnography of automated powerlessness: lacking platform affordances in Instagram and TikTok account deletions and was interviewed by the BBC about her work on and experiences of shadowbanning.

Anima People recently published a blog titled How to catch a spy without discrimination.

SPRITE+ Member Mohammad Tahaei recently published a paper titled Embedding Privacy Into Design Through Software Developers: Challenges & Solutions.

SPRITE+ Expert Fellow Dr Charis Rice, in collaboration with Prof Martin Innes, and Mrs Jenny Ratcliffe, has published outputs from the CREST funded project: ‘Situational Threat and Response Signals (STARS): Public-Facing Counter-Terrorism Strategic Communication Campaigns.

SPRITE+ Expert Fellow Xiaochun Cheng recently published papers titled An efficient quality of services based wireless sensor network for anomaly detection using soft computing approaches and Network intrusion detection using ACO-DNN model with DVFS based energy optimization in cloud framework.

SPRITE+ Member Maria Bada recently published a policy paper titled https://assets.kpmg/content/dam/kpmg/uk/pdf/2022/11/improving-resilience-to-ransomware.pdf.

SPRITE+ Member Alex Malbon recently published an article titled The missing link in business cybersecurity.

SPRITE+ Expert Fellow Mohammad Shojafar recently published papers titled Poisoning Bearer Context Migration in O-RAN 5G Network and SCEMA: an SDN-oriented Cost-effective Edge-based MTD Approach. His research proposal, APT detection in 5G networks (APTd5G), has also been awarded a research grant from EPSRC UKI-FNI.

Contact Details

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