Private Investigator. Researcher. Consultant. Writer. Interdisciplinarian.

Consultant in international business and digital strategy. Researcher in psychology of religion at the University of Oxford. Moonlights as a private detective. Splits time between London, Brighton and Oxford. Drinks too much coffee. Rarely sleeps.

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Advanced Laser Imaging Aiming to Revolutionise Police Investigation and Criminal Justice Procedures

April 22, 2014


I love being able to write “Military Lasers” on my project board. I’ll be interviewing the people at ALI at the Forensics Europe Expo next week – if you’ll be there, let me know! In the meantime, here’s a bit of news about Advanced Laser Imaging and what they’re aiming to achieve. Advanced Laser Imaging […]

On Heartbleed, The NSA, and Investigations

April 12, 2014


Bloomberg has recently reported that the NSA has apparently known about the Heartbleed bug – a devastating virus that basically means all your data on certain websites is pretty much open-plan – for years. (If you’re still not sure what Heartbleed is, check out this excellent comic from XKCD, which pretty much sums it up. […]

Safer Internet Day

February 12, 2014


Yesterday, the 11th of February 2014, was the eleventh annual ‘Safer Internet Day’, a time when the general public, and particularly those who care for children and other vulnerable people, can learn how to stay safe online. What is Safer Internet Day? Coordinated by Chilldnet International, the South West Grid for Learning, and the Internet […]

Operation Endeavour: The Tip of the Iceberg?

January 23, 2014



In mid January 2014, reports began emerging of a cybersex ring that had recently been under investigation in the Philippines. Crime agencies across the UK, USA, Australia and the Philippines themselves have been working together since 2012 on a case codenamed Operation Endeavour, and recently results have started to be published in the media. To […]

Going It Alone: Scar’s Tips for Setting Up as a Freelancer

January 22, 2014


A while ago, someone asked me if I had any advice for going freelance. At the time I was a bit surprised to be asked, because things hadn’t been going all that well but had just started to improve. Now things are going more smoothly (quick QUICK find piece of wood before I jinx myself), […]

Posted in: Business

NASA Seeks American Small Business Proposals for High Tech R&D

November 15, 2013



To enable future space exploration while helping to seed viable commercial products and services here in America, NASA is seeking proposals for the agency’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. The SBIR and STTR Programs provide small businesses and nonprofit research institutions with opportunities to address specific technology gaps […]

Sweetie, Stings and Online Child Protection Vigilantism

November 6, 2013



This Upworthy post is currently doing the rounds on Facebook and Twitter. As someone who works in child protection, I’ve had it messaged to me several times by people upholding it as a step forward in the fight for child protection online. And when I first heard about it, via the BBC article yesterday, I tweeted […]

A Well-Executed #FoamburstGenies Campaign from Imperial Leather

October 22, 2013


I use Samba mobile as a provider of internet when I’m on the go. To do this, I have to watch multiple ads to unlock data usage limits. That’s as well as I can explain it, but it works pretty well and means I don’t actually have to physically pay anything for my train-based internet […]

An Update on Dark Matter

October 22, 2013



Dark matter is one of those fascinating subjects that’s difficult to keep up to date with, mainly because it’s so complex and research into the area is happening all the time. There are three main ways to detect the presence of WIMP dark matter – direct detection, indirect detection, and collider searches – but each […]

Posted in: Academia

Pinterest Rolls Out Related Posts And They’re Really Annoying

October 19, 2013


I love Pinterest. I spend too much a lot of time on there. And in general, I roll with the changes to things like Facebook timelines, Twitter designs, etc. They usually have some logic behind them, and even if they take a little getting used to, that’s OK. But today I was scrolling through my Pinterest home […]

Posted in: Digital Media

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