Amy Stevens is a Senior Research Officer in the Human Rights, Big Data and Technology Project based at the University of Essex. Her research interests are focused primarily on State and law enforcement uses of surveillance technologies and the social justice and human rights issues which surround them. This includes a particular interest in anti-surveillance/pro-privacy activism and the ways in which State surveillance activities are challenged or resisted by various groups within society. Resistance to the expansion of State surveillance in the UK was also the focus of Amy’s recently submitted PhD thesis, carried out at the University of Essex. Additionally, she has published work critically examining the centralisation of encryption technology within the surveillance debate as a method to protect human rights online (Big Data and Society, 2021).
Currently, she is collaborating on research focused on the surveillance of social justice activists and human rights defenders around the world and the impact that this has on their work and everyday lives.
Amy holds a BA in Applied Psychology and Sociology from the University of Brighton and an MA in Sociological Research from the University of Essex.