Sandy Starr is communications officer at the Progress Educational Trust (PET) – a registered charity that works in the fields of genetics, assisted conception, embryo/stem cell research and related areas – and webmaster of the charity’s flagship publication BioNews. He is also a member of the Ethics Advisory Board of the research project ‘European Autism Interventions: A Multicentre Study for Developing New Medications’, led by King’s College London and Roche, and he is a member of the Editorial Board of the charity Autistica.
He has consulted and spoken on technology and regulation for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and the European Commission project RightsWatch. He spent several years writing weekly film reviews for the Sun newspaper’s TV Mag, and he has written for other publications including the Architects’ Journal, Arts Education Policy Review, Economic Affairs, Guardian, Hindu, In-Debate, Independent, Municipal Journal, New Humanist, openDemocracy, Tech Central Station, Times Higher Education, Times Literary Supplement and The Works (magazine of the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors).
He has contributed chapters on regulation and law to the books Crime and Deviance in Cyberspace, ed David S Wall, Ashgate 2009; Hate Crimes, ed Paul Connors, Greenhaven Press 2006; The Media Freedom Internet Cookbook, ed Arnaud Amouroux and Christian Möller, OSCE 2004; Spreading the Word on the Internet: 16 Answers to 4 Questions, ed Christiane Hardy and Christian Möller, OSCE 2003; From Quill to Cursor: Freedom of the Media in the Digital Era, ed Karin Spaink, OSCE 2003; and The Internet: Brave New World?, ed Dolan Cummings, Hodder and Stoughton 2002.
He originally studied English language and literature at the University of Oxford, and subsequently joined the founding editorial team of the current affairs publication spiked.
Saturday 1 November 2008, 3.30pm Student Union
Contributed chapters to the following books:
Crime and Deviance in Cyberspace (ed. David S Wall, Ashgate, 2009)
Hate Crimes (ed Paul Connors, 2007)
The Media Freedom Internet Cookbook (ed Arnaud Amouroux and Christian Möller, 2004)
Spreading the Word on the Internet: 16 Answers to 4 Questions (ed Christiane Hardy and Christian Möller, 2003)
From Quill to Cursor: Freedom of the Media in the Digital Era (ed Karin Spaink, 2003)
The Internet: Brave New World? (ed Dolan Cummings, 2002)
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