Irish CyberPsychologist Mary Aiken secures major book deal with Random House

Random-700x300Random House today announced that Spiegel & Grau SVP and Publisher Julie Grau have acquired the North American rights for Mary Aiken’s new book CYBERPSYCHED, a groundbreaking exploration of the impact of technology on human behavior.

The news comes as Mary Aiken is appointed as Academic Adviser (Psychology) to the European Cyber Crime Centre (EC3) in the Hague.

CBS also recently announced the latest series in the CSI franchise: “CSI: Cyber” which is inspired by her work.

Mary Aiken is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading experts in CyberPsychology—a discipline that combines psychology and technology. She is the Director of the RCSI CyberPsychology Research Centre, Academic Adviser (Psychology) to the European Cyber Crime Centre (EC3) at Europol, Sensemaking Fellow at the IBM Swansea University Network Science Research Centre, lecturer in Criminology and Research Fellow at Middlesex University School of Law. Currently she is leading an international research project in conjunction with the INTERPOL Specialists Group, and works with a number of law enforcement agencies worldwide including the LAPD.  She is recognised as an expert at national and European level in policy debates at the intersection of technology and human behaviour.

In CYBERPSYCHED Mary applies her expertise in cyber behavioral analysis to a range of subjects, including criminal activity on the Deep Web and Darknet; cyberstalking; cyberchondria; privacy in the age of technology; cyberbabies; age-inappropriate content and children’s rights; the future of artificial intelligence; and positive behaviors such as online altruism.

The UK, Korean, German and Arabic rights for the book have also already been acquired.

CBS recently announced the latest series in the CSI franchise: “CSI: Cyber,” which is inspired by the work of Mary Aiken. The main character, played by Patricia Arquette, is a CyberPsychologist and Special Agent at the Cyber Crime Division of the FBI. Mary is a producer on the show. The series is scheduled to air in spring 2015.

The Director of the European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) Troels Oerting gave the following comment:  "Mary is one of the best cyber psychologists I have had the privilege to know. She is extremely knowledgeable in this advanced and important academic field, in which we enter into new and uncharted waters. The Internet and cyberspace will change the way we act, react and interact as human beings, and we need to be prepared in order to adjust. Mary Aiken has contributed, and will continue to contribute as a valuable adviser to EC3, and how we as law enforcement prepare for new online challenges. She will have considerable influence in the way which we will advise our colleagues in the 28 EU Member States. I wish her the best of luck with the new book, and I am looking forward to more constructive dialogue when we strive to prepare for an open, but also safe and secure internet"

Mary's research interests involve Forensic CyberPsychology aspects of cyberstalking, human trafficking, organised cyber crime, cyberchondria, youth behavioral escalation online, cyber behavioral analysis, online  grooming and offending, virtual behavioural profiling, cyber reporting of crime, personal cyber security and safety. In 2013 she co-led a White House research team focused on tackling technology facilitated human trafficking,  she was appointed by the Irish Government to the Internet Content Governance Advisory Group. Mary is a spokesperson and expert contributor to the European Commission’s Safer Internet Day, and is an Observer to the INTERPOL Specialists Group on Crimes Against Children.