About the Episode
Professor Raian Ali from Bournemouth University and Lead Researcher of Bournemouth’s Digital Addiction Research Unit discusses on the show the current landscape of digital addiction, and, importantly, how we can recognise examples of this in our daily lives. This fascinating episode will show you the prevalence of digital addiction in our daily lives, and bring you up to date with the latest policy and industry advances in this important space.
About Our Guest
Raian is an Associate Professor in Computing in the Department of Computing and Informatics, Bournemouth University, UK. He received his PhD in Software Engineering from University of Trento, Italy. He worked as a post-doctorate research fellow at the University of Trento and then Lero, the Irish Software Engineering Research, University of Limerick, Ireland. Raian has a keen interest in studying Digital Addiction which he defines as a problematic usage of digital devices characterized by properties like being excessive, obsessive, compulsive, impulsive and hasty. He focuses on the principles, methods and tools needed to engineer addiction-aware technology able to combat, autonomously or semi-autonomously, addictive usage styles. As a social responsibility, he is advocating a policy change in the production of digital media so that it helps people to make informed decisions about their usage. He would also like to see more public awareness of the potential reasons and side-effects of the obsessive usage of technology, or at least encourage a user to make a software-supported self-assessment exercise around it.