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Chaos, COVID and cybersecurity

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Hello again,

It is utter chaos in our household today so getting this newsletter out on time is something of a miracle ! (We are having a stove installed in the living room, while the twins nap upstairs, while trying to pack for leaving as soon as the pandemic travel restrictions lift tomorrow…) . Hope all is much calmer wherever you are!

COVID & media book (Routledge)

Anyway, this week Psychological Insights for Understanding COVID-19 and Media and Technology was published and is now shipping from the Routledge website – currently with a 20% discount on paperback, hardback and ebook . I’m really pleased with how it’s turned out, and I believe that it adds a very useful dimension to the literature and will inspire many interesting conversations.

The chapters:

  1. “When (fake) news feels true” by Norbert Schwarz and Madline Jalbert from The Psychology of Fake News: Accepting, Sharing, and Correcting Misinformation
  2. “Connections “, from my own The Psychology of Social Media
  3. “When Do People Believe Conspiracy Theories? ” by Jan-Willem Van Prooijen from The Psychology of Conspiracy Theories
  4. “The dynamics of groups online ” by Olivia Hurley from An Introduction to Cyberpsychology
  5. “Belonging in an age of technology” by Kelly-Ann Allen from The Psychology of Belonging
  6. “How do online social networks influence people’s emotional lives? ” by Ethan Kross and Susannah Chandhok from Applications for Social Psychology
  7. “Online relationships formation” by Ilan Talmud and Gustavo Mesch from Wired Youth
  8. “Identity citizenship: Authenticity, intersectionality and a new populism” by Rob Cover from Emergent Identities: New Sexualities, Genders and Relationships in a Digital Era

As I mentioned last week, I am producing a podcast series based on this book where I interview the authors of these chapters. In the first episode, I spoke with Norbert Schwarz about his chapter and his thoughts on the psychology of fake news in the COVID era. I have to say, the response has been incredible – lots of really postive comments on what was a very enjoyable discussion

If you haven’t had a listen, see Spotify or iTunes or you can also watch short clips of the interview on Twitter and LinkedIn, and the full interview on YouTube. I have some more great interviews lined up for the new year and I look forward to sharing them with you then.

Cyber security book (BCS)

Secondly, in other news, myself and Jess Barker, Adrian Davis and Bruce Hallas have been working hard on the final corrections for our book which is due out next February.

Published by the British Computer Society, Cyber security ABCs : Delivering awareness, behaviours and culture change guides organisations looking to create an enhanced security culture through improved understanding and practice of cybersecurity at an individual level. Crucial awareness, behaviour and culture concepts are covered from the ground up alongside practical tips and examples, providing a key resource for those looking to create lasting cybersecurity awareness, behavioural and culture change initiatives.

We’re really proud of this book – it brings something substantially different to the cybersecurity awareness industry, bringing together our respective experiences and knowledge into a unique product. Proofs will be with pre-publication reviewers soon and hopefully we will be shouting from the rooftops about it in the new year!

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