David is a student at the CDT. His personal website (with more information on his work) is http://davidmellor.info/.
“Integrating social, philosophical, and technical approaches, my work aims to enhance and enrich conventional understandings and practices of cybersecurity by locating them within a broader problem space inherent in contemporary technological globalization and hyper-industrialization. For me, cybersecurity is about our inhabitation of spaces of all different scales that are structured, governed, and constantly re-tooled by machine technologies and their accumulated and re-appropriated informational outputs – the global membranes of connection and communication. Framing cyber and its securities as a distinctly transnational and increasingly ubiquitous series of phenomena, my research is about the pressing need to rethink how social, political, and ecological relations are comprised and coordinated for the sake of future cohesion and stability. This raises unprecedented and entwined governance, engineering, and ethical challenges across overlapping ecologies of individuals, communities, and the environment.
My main research interests are about how management and sustainability are achieved through this rapidly emerging reality of co-fragility. In particular, I am concerned with our understanding of how the future is created through the design politics of the contemporary, this being the landscape of policy, action and sensibility that we must navigate.
I work around developing a collective of interwoven concepts, drawing on a range of current events, policies, social processes, technical objects and systems, and cultural and political imaginaries. These concepts are:
Cyber – encapsulating digital technologies, their distinctive emergence, characteristics, and effects. Security – comprising the practices of human collectives that create precarious habitats which permit them to survive and thrive
Aesthetics – echoing the original aisthesis, this concerns the sensibilities and psycho-politics that hold collectives together
Anthropotechnics – the forging of people through their imbrications with technologies and practices of living
Technosphere – the planetary dimension of technology that is animated and directed by human desires but which is increasingly steered by artificial agents.”