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Faranak Hardcastle

Postgraduate research student

My research interests include bringing together critical & speculative design, STS, requirement engineering, Web technologies and sociology particularly within the context of critical algorithm studies. I am interested in using speculative design as a means to create a space for thinking in a way that is not hindered by practicalities, enabling a conversation between policy and technology about the underlying assumptions on both sides.

 My current research is about a speculative framework for auditability in Online Behavioural Tracking and Advertising (OBTA). I build on previous work, draw on theories and concepts from STS, design theory and sociology, employ software engineering methodologies and Semantic Web technologies (W3C PROV) to conceptualise a model for auditability, and conduct qualitative research to speculate if and how this model could come to use and scope its practicality. I argue that this framework enables imagining a plurality of alternative sociotechnical futures that can help rediscovering capacities for hope for breaking through an often imagined future where issues surrounding OBTA are seen as the trade-off for the convenience that they provide.

I am based at the school of Electronics and Computer Science and my research is supervised by Prof. Susan Halford, Prof. Luc Moreau and Dr. Mark Weal.


Hardcastle, Faranak (2017) TATE (Targeted Advertising Tracking Extension) online appendix University of Southampton [Dataset]


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