About

I am a postdoctoral researcher at Solent University. My research spans cultural theory and creative media practice, focusing on the relation between humans and (digital) technology. My work emphasises the future of society, whether that be distant or imminent, in order to inform our understanding of the present.

I previously worked for the Birmingham Centre for Cyber Security and Privacy, and before that received my PhD in Digital Technology Theory and Practice from the University of Wolverhampton for a thesis on The Cyborg Subject. Before my doctoral work, I was a member of the Birmingham ElectroAcoustic Sound Theatre following my Bachelor's and Master's degrees at Birmingham.

Research interests include:

My creative media practice operates in dialogue with my theoretical work. This is often in the style of a productive antagonism, each mode of thinking bringing out challenges to and questions for the other. My work includes web-based media, computer-generated images/film/sound, interactive and game-based works, augmented reality, and avatars.

Press and engagement

Privacy in the press : My research into the cultural aspects of privacy has led to comments appearing in major online press:

Online voting : As part of my interest in the future of digital society as well as cyber security and privacy, I have contributed to the Cratos Project on online voting. Run by the think tank WebRoots Democracy, the project seeks to establish a method for certifying and rating online voting systems for use in the UK.

Contact

Dr Garfield Benjamin

Postdoctoral Researcher

Research, Innovation and Enterprise

Room RM201
Solent University
East Park Terrace
Southampton
SO14 0YN

garfield.benjamin@solent.ac.uk

@g8enjamin