On Digital Presenteeism, the Pandemic, and Precarity

Reading Time: 4 minutes The pressure to be “always on” A couple of weeks ago, I was in a Microsoft Teams hangout with some colleagues at the University when someone mentioned being tied to their emails more than ever before. “It’s like a new form of presenteeism,” my colleague said, “you’re expected to be …

#DigitalCitizen: An Awareness Campaign

Reading Time: 3 minutes Embedding Digital Citizenship into the University Community Tomorrow, 11 February, is Safer Internet Day and here at the University of Edinburgh, the Digital Skills and Training team are launching #DigitalCitizen: an online campaign aimed at raising awareness about digital safety and the responsible use of technology. It is my hope …

What the technogothic teaches us about digital safety

Reading Time: 8 minutes what can we learn from techno-thrillers like Black Mirror and You? “Nosedive,” Black Mirror, Netflix (image via Giphy) Popular media often paints an alarming picture of digital technology. Shows such as Black Mirror (2011-present) and Westworld (2016-present) have become synonymous with a dystopian vision of automation run amok in a …

Reflections on my first month as Digital Safety Support Officer

Reading Time: 3 minutes New Beginnings and Digital Skills Thoughts On my first weeks as the UoE’s new Digital Safety Support Officer It’s been a month since I started my job as the University of Edinburgh’s first Digital Safety Support Officer in the Digital Skills & Training Team at the Information Services Group (isn’t …