Research project

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PhD Researcher @ Cambridge | Public relations & social campaigns | Civic tech

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I am a PhD researcher in the Department of Sociology at the University of Cambridge. I am researching digital society with a focus on local social networking, social norms online, social capital and political implications of new technology.

Channel shift is the process of shifting social interactions from face to face and telephone onto the Internet. This creates new opportunities and challenges as individuals must conform to new ‘social mediatione interactions. Additionally channel shift may social power reconfigurations as. 

PhD outputs and applications
Emerging trends of social internet use – social networking, online civic engagement, multiplayer gaming
Trends in human interaction and emerging social norms across multiple platforms – multiple explanations of social Internet use
Governance of large scale online social environments

Applicable industries
Social networking sites
Multiplayer gaming, virtual worlds
AI design for social goverance
Government and civil society
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University of Cambridge Centre for Science and Policy (CSAP)
I am a network member at CSAP where I give informal policy advise to civil servants, social entrepreneurs and NGOs. My areas of expertise include digital tools for social and community development, public relations, post-disaster digital technologies, digital tools for refugees. Learn more about my work at the Centre for Science and Policy website.

Science for policy makers
I am assisting with gathering scientific evidence for the UK governments call for evidence on mental health policy. This is part of a new model for crowd sourcing science for improved science communication for policy makers. Email for more information.

Networking for Development lab (Cambridge Computer Lab)
I am a research affiliate at the University’s Networking for Development lab where I help develop low cost internet access. My current focus is on helping provide cheap or free smart phones and connectivity to refugees. Read more at the Network for Development website.[/vc_column_text][thb_gap height=”25″][vc_separator][thb_gap height=”25″][vc_column_text]Professional consultancy: Public relations, social campaigns & civic tech

Open Policy
Whilst at Cambridge I developed a civic technology project called OpenPolicy.com. This platform allows users to post policy ideas then others vote these ideas up or down whilst using the comments section for debate. This platform has various applications such as direct democracy and crowd policy development. Openpolicy.com.
(pass: betaAccess001)

Techfugees
I am the co-founder of Techfugees Cambridge, part of the digital sector’s response to the refugee crisis. We are a group committed to supporting Internet connectivity in refugee camps. I also assist the Techfugees core team in London. Techfugees.com.

Media industry
I currently work for music producers and app makers Coldcut, founders of Ninja Tune Records. I help design their civic engagement projects, cultural activism, social media presence and release campaigns. Coldcut website.[/vc_column_text][thb_gap height=”25″][vc_separator][thb_gap height=”25″][vc_column_text]

Articles | Media

Improbable’s new virtual worlds will need new social boundaries to thrive. Can pro-social AI offer a solution?
Improbable’s second round of funding gives them the opportunity to break down the technical barrier to a new generation of massively multiplayer virtual worlds. If Improbable’s SpatialOS works as advertised, it will create a new virtual society where perhaps millions will socially interact in a ‘frictionless’ virtual environment. Read full article.

The campaign to help Jimmy Thoronka shows the internet’s power for good
Social media isn’t just about sharing memes. At its best it can help us reach out to those in desperate need, and provide a way to express our common humanity. Read full article.

A tyranny of algorithms’: Guest blogger Richard Dent responds to Joss Hands’ talk
Who regulates the algorithms that influence our experience online? That is the question Joss Hands, a lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University conducting research into media and critical theory, asked the Researching (with) Social Media reading group in November 2014. Read full article.
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Contact

rd459@cam.ac.uk
@richarddent
Skype: richard.dent

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Links

LinkedIn
CSAP profile
Openpolicy.com
(password: betaAccess001)

Techfugees.com

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