AGENCY team members participate in the FCA Financial Inclusion TechSprint

On the 30th of May, 5 of our AGENCY team took part in the Demo Day to conclude the FCA Financial Inclusion TechSprint in Glasgow. The TechSprint ran from 7th March to 30th May 2024. This initiative was aimed at leveraging technological solutions to foster financial inclusion, a critical step towards a more equitable financial … Read more

Research exposes security, privacy and safety issues in FemTech

the team at the cyfer exhibition

Researchers are calling for regulatory action after research has highlighted security and privacy concerns in female-oriented technologies (FemTech) such as period-tracker mobile apps and fertility and menopause smart and connected devices used beyond health and medical clinics. Experts at Royal Holloway University of London, Newcastle University, and ETH Zurich have identified significant security, privacy, and … Read more

On the Security and Privacy of Visual Impairments and Assistive Technologies

On the Security and Privacy of Visual Impairments and Assistive Technologies

Read the full paper on ACM Transactions for Accessible Computing: Invisible, Unreadable, and Inaudible Cookie Notices: An Evaluation of Cookie Notices for Users with Visual Impairments According to the Office of National Statistics in 2020, almost 11 million adults with disabilities recently used the Internet in the UK [1]. Visual impairment is a term used … Read more

AGENCY responds to govenment call for evidence on LLM

AGENCY is pleased to provide written evidence to the House of Lords Communications and Digital Select Committee’s inquiry on large language models (LLM). This response builds upon our engagement with the UK Government’s White Paper AI Regulation: A Pro-Innovation Approach. This call for evidence on the future of LLM and regulation aligns with the AGENCY … Read more

AGENCY visits CyFer

the team at the cyfer exhibition

Led by Dr Maryam Mehrnezhad (Co-Investigator on AGENCY), the Cyber Security, Privacy, Bias and Trust in FemTech (CyFer) project has explored current and potential cyber threats to women through their growing use of female-oriented technologies.   Women sharing their intimate and personal data through the use of innovative technology opens up new possibilities with the potential … Read more

2023: Blog Post: Challenges of Extracting Data from Social Media: The Case of Women’s Health Misinformation

Author: Dr Adrian Bermudez-Villalva (  In the field of cybersecurity research, gathering data from social media platforms has become an essential task for understanding various trends, behaviours, and patterns on the internet. However, when it comes to sensitive and intimate topics such as women’s health and misinformation, researchers face a multitude of challenges in extracting … Read more

Reimagining AI Governance

Reimagining AI Governance

A Response by AGENCY to the UK Government’s White Paper AI Regulation: A Pro-Innovation Approach. Abstract: On March 29, 2023, the UK Government released a white paper outlining its plans to implement a pro-innovation approach to Artificial Intelligence (AI) regulation and strengthen the UK’s position as a global leader in AI. As part of the … Read more

REPHRAIN Showcase Workshop

Dr Cristina Neesham (Associate Dean ERS, Newcastle University Business School) presented the AGENCY Project at the REPHRAIN Showcase Workshop (Goodenough College), London, 19-20 January 2023. The presentation outlined the Project’s core research idea and objectives, the Project teams and Advisory Board members (including their fields of expertise), the inter-connections between the different workgroups and the four case … Read more

Smart Homes Workshop, November 2022

During the AGENCY Project’s Smart Homes Workshop held at Newcastle University on 18 November 2022, Dr Cristina Neesham (Associate Dean ERS, Newcastle University Business School) presented on “How the smart home industry can address and realise their responsibilities” and on “Responsible Innovation”. Her presentations discussed ethical and societal challenges of smart technologies, policy options, and key principles … Read more

International Conference on AI and the Digital Economy

CADE 2023 Returning for its ninth year, CADE was held 26-28 June 2023. CADE took place in beautiful Venice, Italy, in a blended format, allowing participants to attend physically or virtually. Becca and Viana represented WP1 and WP3 to present an accepted extended abstract for the CADE Conference on the 26th of June, 2023. The title of … Read more