The Cyberterrorism Project has been awarded a runners-up prize in Swansea University’s 2013 Research as Art competition.

The competition attracted more than 90 entries from across the University. Winners were selected by a distinguished panel of judges drawn from eminent UK organisations including the Royal Institution, the Royal Academy of Arts, Research Councils UK, and the NewScientist.

The Cyberterrorism Project’s entry – which was entitled ‘Splashes and Waves, Ripples and Spills’ – featured an image produced by Deepa Madhu (one of the Project’s Research Associates) and Fern Thomas (Bridging The Gaps Artist in Residence), with accompanying text written by Dr Lee Jarvis and Dr Stuart Macdonald (Project Co-Directors). The latter commented: “Stepping back from our research, distilling its core ideas and thinking about how best to convey these in a clear and accessible manner was a very valuable and worthwhile exercise. It was also good fun!”

The entry will now feature in the University’s Research as Art exhibition at the Royal Institution, London.  

Criminology News item

Splashes and waves, ripples and spills

Cyberspace permeates almost every aspect of our everyday lives. The number of global web users is now 1.7 billion. By 2015 there will be more interconnected devices on the planet than humans. And by 2030 the computing capacity available to the average home will be a computer that is one million times faster than a computer today. But whilst cyberspace presents enormous opportunities it is also a major source of critical strategic challenges, in the form of crime, warfare, terrorism and beyond.   


The novelty and complexity of cyber and digital phenomena – as well as the vulnerabilities they produce – render these comparatively less well understood than other domains of social existence and conflict. Hence, the plurality of metaphorical readings: cyber ‘space’, ‘traffic’, ‘firewalls’, ‘crashes’, ‘surfing’ the net, and so on. This image reifies the widespread water metaphor that is common in discussions of security ‘ripple effects’ around terrorism and political violence.