Many Cybersalon members and invited speakers deliver products for the creative industries or produce research within the broad field of the digital humanities. Their combined creative experience ranges across building networks, big data, the quantified self, social media, and privacy, the evolution of cyborgs, education, and gaming. Their familiarity with the technologies, trends, legal requirements and business logistics of the Digital Media sector comes directly from their daily working practice. Cybersalon also fosters a substantial academic and professional interdisciplinary cross-over, with key members holding senior academic posts at large London Universities and colleges of Further Education. Their interest in guiding the vocational development of Digital Media skills training should be seen as an extension and logical in these twin
Eva Pascoe is co-chairperson of CyberSalon and has pioneered ecommerce in the UK. She was a co-founder of Cyberia, the first global cybercafé chain and Easynet Internet Service Provider. She has recently co-authored digital retail policy papers on “Re-Imagining the High Street” and a new policy for West End of London in her “Surf and Turf” contribution to a recent publication commissioned by Centre for London and New West End Company. She regularly speaks at key retail industry events run by the Retail Institute and runs a weekly digital innovations blog “The Retail Bytes” at steering the sector through technological challenges. Eva has been at the forefront of the commercialisation of the Internet since the 1990s, contributing significantly to retail practice, public policy, training and education ever since.
Dr Richard Barbook is a trustee of Cybersalon, academic and author. His first published work on media regulation within the EU was 1995’s Media Freedom during his time at a research institute at the University of Westminster. In the same year, he became the coordinator of the Hypermedia Research Centre at Westminster’s Media School. With Andy Cameron, he wrote The Californian Ideology, a pioneering critique of the politics of Silicon Valley. In 2007, Richard moved to the Social Sciences School of the University of Westminster and published his study of the political and ideological role of the prophecies of artificial intelligence and the information society: Imaginary Futures. Imaginary Futures was selected by The Media Ecology Association as the winner of the 2008 Marshall McLuhan Award for Outstanding Book of the Year in the Field of Media Ecology. In November 2017, Richard Barbrook began working for the Labour Party as a Digital Democracy Strategist.