I am a History PhD student at Lancaster University investigating both the history of automation online (i.e. the rise of algorithms and bots and its societal implications), and the ways in which such automation is affecting the collection, curation and dissemination of history, archaeology and cultural heritage. This involves everything from examining the roles of bots in disseminating museum collections on Twitter to the algorithmic creation of fake cultural artefacts for sale online. I completed my MA in the Archaeology of Death and Memory at the University of Chester and am particularly interested in how the public perceives and consumes historical and archaeological information.

As Digital Humanities editor, I am interested in anything with a focus on the past, from ancient to recent, using digital approaches from a wide range of academic disciplines across the humanities and sciences. The Digital Humanities seminar series at Lancaster University has included research from Computer Science, Ecology, English Literature, Law, Geography, History, Archaeology, Heritage etc. This area is fundamentally interdisciplinary and I particularly welcome submissions that are collaborative in nature.

Check out Ben's article on how social media bots are spreading art and culture

Twitter: @wills_ben