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Professor David Webb is Associate Director of the Praxis Centre at Leeds Metropolitan University and Professor of Engineering. He obtained a DPhil in space physics in 1975 from the University of York and, after periods as a post-doctoral researcher at Bell Laboratories and the University of York, joined the Directorate of Scientific and Technical Intelligence at the Ministry of Defence in London in 1978.

He moved to the Computer Unit at Leeds Metropolitan University in 1979 and then into the School of Engineering in the early 1980s. He has published widely on the application of engineering modelling, and on nuclear disarmament and the militarisation of space.

He is currently working with colleagues in the Praxis Centre on the Study of Information and Technology in Peace, Conflict Resolution and Human Rights.

Email: Telephone: 0113 283 2600 Ext 6279 or 3701
Dr Steve Wright Associate Director of the Praxis Centre is a visiting Professor in the School of Information Management, Associate Reader in School of Applied Global Ethics at Leeds Metropolitan University and SSRC Global Security Research Fellow. He has studied in Manchester and undertook postgraduate study at Lancaster University’s Richardson Institute, looking at ‘New Police Technologies and Sub-State Conflict Control’.

In 1985, he became Head of Manchester City Council’s Police Monitoring Unit, and went on to become Director of the Omega Foundation in 1989, working with Amnesty International and the European Commission to track the transfer of military security and police technologies to the torturing states. He has travelled the world developing a better understanding of new technologies of political control and sub-lethal weapons. He has written for the New Scientist, the Guardian and Le Monde Diplomatique.

In 1998, Steve authored the European Parliament’s STOA report on the Echelon Global Spy System which revealed the extent to which all communications are read by Yorkshire’s Menwith Hill station. The US ‘war against terror’ and its human rights fallout subsequently became the focus of his research. He became chair of the trustees of Privacy International in 2004.

His current work covers information warfare, new border control technologies (he is a trustee of the Mines Advisory Group) and the emergence of weapons of mass paralysis.

Email: Telephone: 0113 283 2600 Ext 6280

Praxis Centre
Leeds Metropolitan University
Innovation North
Priestley Hall
Headingly Campus

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