[MEDIA] Competitive Christianity? Why a summer festival’s marketing is raising eyebrows @ChristianToday

I'm quoted in a recent Christian Today article, looking at the marketing tactics of a Christian festival: The AdWords technique was used by UKIP during the last general election to divert searches for the Conservative Party to its own website. However, Bex Lewis, a lecturer in digital marketing at Manchester Metropolitan University, told Christian Today there were questions around the extent to which it was ethical. 'Within the marketing world, it is seen as a…

#EmptyShelf17 #16 The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by @RebeccaSkloot

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot My rating: 5 of 5 stars It had been a long week at work, I wanted to turn my phone off, I was polyfilla-ing a wall - and I picked this up. I read it in the course of an evening - really well written, fascinating insights into the person behind amazing medical discoveries, and plenty to think about re research ethics (one of the subjects…

[CONFERENCE] #DigitalRevolution in Manchester

I was invited to speak on a panel entitled 'Technology, Ethics and Regulation' at the end of Manchester's second 'Digital Revolution' conference, hosted by Manchester Digital. The blurb was as follows: Technology is no longer the limiting factor for the advancement of society but how we implement it, how it changes society and in some cases our humanity raises some big worrying questions. Is automation going to be our downfall or our saviour, what will…

BBC Radio 4: Digital Human (Series 6:2014: Episode 6: Ethics) #DigiHuman

6/6: Ethics http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04p7yg3 If a driverless car has to choose between crashing you into a school bus or a wall who do you want to be programming that decision? Aleks Krotoski explores ethics in technology. Join Aleks as she finds out if it's even possible for a device to 'behave' in a morally prescribed way through looking at attempts to make a smart phone 'kosher'. But nothing captures the conundrum quite like the ethical questions…

Should McCann Twitter abuser have been doorstepped on TV? for @ConversationUK

A recent piece, published for The Conversation UK, under Creative Commons licence (republished on Durham University): Should McCann Twitter abuser have been doorstepped on TV? By Bex Lewis, Durham University Brenda Leyland, a 63-year old woman from Leicestershire who had been accused of publishing a stream of internet abuse about the family of missing child Madeleine McCann, has been found dead in a hotel room. Her death raises important questions about the wrongs and rights…