SOCIAL CYBER INSTITUTE

Social science research on our emerging cyber world is not keeping pace with the “gifted technologists” and "talented tinkerers". Knowledge transfer from world-class social science researchers to leaders of business and government is slow, haphazard, and undisciplined. The Social Cyber Institute (SCI) creates new modes of thinking specific to individual corporations, government agencies and their operating ecosystem. We help you understand the social DNA of your InfoTech and rewire it for the future. SCI is the public research and public analytic arm of the Social Cyber Group consultancy. Professor G;enn Withers is the Academic Director of SCI.

Creating Social Cyber Value

In the initial research paper of the SCI, Professors Greg Austin and Glenn Withers argue for the centrality of social science in cyber space management at all levels of national policy, enterprise development and human welfare. They introduce a novel concept to help achieve this reorientation: “creating social cyber value”. This refers to optimised information ecosystem performance: maximizing benefit while minimising insecurity and incompetence. Moreover, it argues that this can only be attained when the human use and misuse of relevant technology is recognised as central. They call for a shake-up in organisational structures to place CSOs and CISOs under a new post responsible for all aspects of information technology, especially human capital and social aspects..

Works in this series from the Social Cyber Institute  are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.