about Linda Macaulay

Linda A Macaulay
Professor of System Design / Manchester Business School
The University of Manchester, Booth Street East, M15 6PB


First year students meet with employers
In November 2007 our first year B.Sc IT Management for Business students met with employers IBM, Microfocus and Procter and Gamble in a panel session organised by e-skills UK. Our students are wearing MBS T-shirts!
A short video clip can be found on youtube search 'eskills second life'.

Manchester Business School Second Life Project
I am leading the MBS Second Life project. In collaboration with www.copop.co.uk we are developing a meeting place for staff, students, alumni and other MBS stakeholders. Our inlife activity is limited at present to 'invitation only' but we plan to open up the island to be used by all MBS registered email users, and allow booking of meeting rooms for MBS users and their guests.

The presentation below shows some of the concepts underpinning the design, layout and navigation of our island. We wanted something futuristic but at the same time linking to the industrial past of Manchester.


Guidance for System Designers to assist in Data Protection Compliance
This guidance was produced in collaboration with the Office of the Information Commissioner, the HiSPEC team and Dr. Leon Watts, now of Bath University. It was designed to be used by System Designers, it is provides guidance for each stage of the design lifecycle and introduces the Data Protection Act by using the acronym FARSTARS.


Compliance of UK Websites to the Data Protection Act
This report was produced for the Office of the Information Commissioner as part of the HiSPEC project. It examines the extent to which UK Websites comply with the 1998 Data Protection Act. The study was conducted in 2002 and again in 2003. Data security and data retention were the areas of greatest concern. The annex referred to in the document may be useful for future studies/comparisons and can be made available on request.


Privacy Enhancing Technologies: State of the Art Report HiSPEC Project 2004
Privacy and anonymity are increasingly important in the online world. Corporations and governments are beginning to realise their power to track users and users are increasingly demanding protection of privacy. According to Fischer-Hubner privacy protection can be achieved by: (i) privacy and data protection laws promoted by government, (ii) self-regulation for fair information practices by codes of conduct promoted by businesses, (iii) privacy enhancing technologies adopted by individuals and (iv) privacy education of consumers and IT professionals. 

This report presents a state of the art report of Privacy Enhancing Technologies and was written by the HiSPEC team in collaboration with Dr. George Dafoulas, now of Middlesex University.


Report on Smart Card Technologies HiSPEC project 2004
Smart cards are set to revolutionise transactional systems over the next few years. Offering secure, trustworthy systems for European citizens that will boost electronic and mobile commerce. 

The eEurope vision is to make a true information society a reality and the eEurope Smart Cards initiative has a major role to play in realising this vision. This report describes the European activity that seeks to promote smart card development, structured around five key issues: legislation, interoperability/standardisation/certification, electronic/mobile-commerce, consumer issues and enhancing public services.


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