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The crisis of identity at Oxford

Oxford has a new Cyber Security Centre. Dare I suggest, however, that it needs to go back to its roots before it tries something new?

“The Oxford Cyber Security Center is the new home to cutting-edge research designed to tackle the growing threats posed by cyber terrorism and cyber crime…” Cutting-edge research? Cliché! PR hyperbollocks. Almost a trope. Notice also, by the way, that the Centre has suddenly become American.

But it gets worse. “In addition to being a springboard for new research, is an umbrella for current research activity worth in excess of £5m, supported close involvement of over 12 permanent academic staff, and in excess of 25 research staff, 18 doctoral students.” That is a tragic coagulation of words – I hesitate to call it a sentence.

Actually, I think that an Oxford Cyber Security Centre is a good thing; and that the introduction of Oxford thinking into infosecurity will be a great benefit. But I am heartbroken to see that dumbing down has breached Oxford’s city walls.

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