My Science Inquiry: University of Bristol researcher pitches ideas on product security to MPs
5 March 2019
Dr Emma Williams, School of Psychological Science, was chosen to pitch her idea for a parliamentary inquiry to the Science and Technology Committee in Westminster last month (February). Her idea, Ensuring Secure Digital Innovation, was chosen from over 80 entries nationally to the My Science Inquiry initiative, with a view to ideas informing current and new policy.
We have just published our sixteenth report on "My Science Inquiry". Thank you to all who took the time to submit their ideas to us. You can read it here: https://t.co/H31fHZsGBv pic.twitter.com/X8dTSjZxkX— Science and Technology Committee (@CommonsSTC) February 27, 2019
“An evidence-based consideration is required of whether the UK Government should develop regulation to enforce product security for IoT-based [Internet of Things] technology, and if so, how this regulation could best serve the needs of both consumers and product innovators to support the digital economy going forward.”
The Committee chose Dr Williams as one of 10 researchers, scientists and campaigners to pitch their idea in person and persuade MPs to investigate the issue further.
Although the Committee did not choose the idea as one of the next inquiries in 2019, they decided to retain it as a priority on their list of possible future inquiries.
MPs also asked Dr Williams to contribute to the Committee’s letter to the Minister for Small Business, Consumers and Corporate Responsibility, asking the Government to address the issues raised in the pitch.
You can watch Dr Williams at the Inquiry: My Science Inquiry Parliament TV
Dr Emma Williams holds a Vice-Chancellor’s Fellowship at the University of Bristol in Digital Innovation and Well-being, and researches cybersecurity: how do we encourage users to engage in secure online behaviour?