NEMODE Community Meeting

Significant themes for NEMODE research, London School of Economics

July 2013

The 2nd NEMODE Community Meeting took place on the 1st and 2nd of July 2013 at the London School of Economics with keynote speakers from Gartner and IBM with updates from academics funded under New Economic Models initiatives.

NEMODE is a network project funded under the Research Councils UK (RCUK)’s Digital Economy (DE) research programme. The objective is to develop a community of academics and practitioners seeking to research the potential for new economic models emerging from digital technologies. The project, which began in April 2012, has funding of £1.5 million over the next three years.

The project aims to inform policy on issues pertaining to the digital economy and engage with SMEs to stimulate new ideas and the creation of new markets. NEMODE will also inform business sectors and large companies about the changes necessary to enable them to take advantage of the opportunities created by digital technologies.

In preparation for the Community Meeting, delegates were asked to give some thought to the question, “What are the 3 most significant themes that NEMODE research should address?” Before the meeting, all attending delegates were invited to take part in a remote, online study where they arranged the themes submitted by their peers into groups. This grouping information, combined with some simple ICT techniques, allowed the planned breakout sessions to be structured and community led. The process was designed to be transparent, open, democratic, remote where possible and also maximise use of delegate time

On day one delegates heard updates on the progress of projects NEMODE has funded to date and saw presentations from sister projects funded by NEMinDE.

Day two was dedicated to proposing potential research in the NEMODE area (the NEMODE research landscape) and determining associated research questions, using the themes and thematic groups developed by the community in the crowdsourcing performed beforehand.

The following pages describe both the resulting NEMODE research landscape and the process by which it was developed by the community.

The ICT methods, clustering algorithms and associated support were provided by the EPSRC funded ‘ICT Perspectives’ project. We would like to very gratefully acknowledge support from both the RCUK Digital Economy and EPSRC through grants EP/K003542/1 and EP/I038845/1.

For further information please please contact Prof Mike Chantler on m.j.chantler(at) or Prof Roger Maull on R.S.Maull(at)

Grouped Research Topics

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Red Group: Privacy, Trust, Security

Research Question #1:

What should be the regulatory practices for making the distinction in working practices for data, metadata, and privacy?
• Societal effect: Trust, awareness, social practice
• Business Practices: When, what, who and where data and metadata are stored and mined
• Design/Innovation: Designing for privacy

Research Question #2:

Privacy and big data
1. How can we preserve/protect user’s privacy while sharing information to understand energy consumption patterns/demand to for energy sustainability?
2. How can we mine and exploit the digital data generated to better manage and make informed decisions and operate assets over the lifecycle? (design and construction process)

Research Question #3:

As cloud-centric computing continues to grow, how do create privacy preserving Clouds?
• What is the PGP of clouds, homomorphic encryption [TECHNICAL CHALLENGE]
• Potential for the individual as resource integrator [ECONOMIC]
• Business models and cultural changes
• misuse of information for sale, carbon footprint of data centers, privacy vs convenience [SOCIAL]

Raconteur Name:
Gerard Briscoe

Group Members:
Gerard Briscoe
Sunila Lobo
Silvia Elaluf-Calderwood

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