This episode of NPC Wired features two doctoral researchers from the New Political Communication Unit, Amber Macintyre and Declan McDowell-Naylor. Their timely research and discussion considers the use of ethnography in their research, data privacy, and autonomous vehicles.
Amber is a current NPC PhD candidate at Royal Holloway. Her research examines the use of personal data in political organisations, exploring the tension between the benefits for campaigning and the ethical concerns. The project is inspired by her previous work as Digital Activism Officer at Amnesty International which involved training activists how to be safe online while using the same technologies to campaign effectively. Follow her on Twitter @Silktor.
Declan McDowell-Naylor is a doctoral researcher in the New Political Unit at the Department of Politics and International Relations, Royal Holloway University of London. He is also a visiting tutor, teaching on both political theory and British democracy. He is currently writing up his PhD thesis on autonomous vehicle development in the United Kingdom, with an emphasis on the role of public participation. Declan has previously worked as a research assistant on different research projects with the New Political Communication Unit. His Twitter handle is @declan_djmn1. Follow his work on his website here.