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Who makes Cybersalon?

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.


Benjamin Greenaway is a senior contributing member of Cybersalon. Benjamin is a mobile applications developer, a full-stack, world-wide-web engineer and educator with clients including The British Library, The Nominet Trust, OpenDemocracy.net and The Big Issue. In addition to his engineering and business background Benjamin has taught Hypermedia, HTML and WordPress to undergraduates at the University of Middlesex, HTML and JavaScript to adults through the adult learning code club Skillab and the City & Guilds courses in Social Media for Business, on which this application is in part based. His writing on software development and business start-ups has been published in Web&PHP Magazine and phpArchitect.


  1. Is there a Cybersalon event this evening (25 Aug)?

  2. Hello Erin!
    There won’t be any events until late September, we will announce details closer to the date.
    Cybersalon Team

  3. Hi. I am a long time crypie and have been struggling with how to make encryption more secure. We have wonderful encryption algorithms and key management skeems, but I keep coming back to not enough variables to keep NSA and GCHQ out. The problem, as I see it, it that we only have about 80 variables that we use in encryption; that is not even a half-a-byte.

    Look at what we are using for our ATM cards, just 4 digits; this is insane. We need to add variables to make our PINs more secure. One idea is to add 20 colors to the 10 numbers; that would give someone 200 variables to hack instead of only 10. The user does not have to colorize all four digits or any of them, but the hacker must now process all 200 variables.

    I have an approach that can add 20,000 variables to any encryption algorithm as a “function” call. What are these additional variables? Sound, texture, color, images, graphics (Wing Dings), digital smells, etc. As an example, the encryption algorithms or key management could require the initiation of encryption to have certain colors and the reply to have other, associated colors or sound snippets, etc.

    There has been a huge amount of work on Tor and Bitcoins and OTR, but no one, to my knowledge, has cracked how to add many more variables to make the keys unbreakable, even for NSA, even for parallel, super-computers with multi-processors and unlimited RAM and bandwidth.

    Can someone here point me in the right direction? I do not want to give this technology to any Government; they will only mis-use it. All Governments are primarily about fear, force and control; that is Darkness and I am of the Light (freedom, choice, truth and doing-the-right-thing).

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