Physical sciences and ICT

This section looks at developments in the physical sciences and their implications for policymakers, focusing on topics related to information communications technology, defence and security. Advisers in this section have recently looked at issues such as the darknet, broadband infrastructure and big data.

Quantum Technologies

This POSTnote will introduce quantum technologies, their applications, and UK initiatives to support their development and commercialisation.

Cyber Security of Critical National Infrastructure

This POSTnote will identify the UK’s CNI, outline the cyber threats it faces and how government, industry and others are addressing them.

Social Media and Access to Information

This POSTnote will explore how people in the UK use social media sites and Internet search engines to access information.

Meet the advisers

Chandrika Nath

Chandy worked at the British Antarctic Survey before joining POST, and has a PhD in high energy physics from Oxford University. She has a particular interest in international development and heads up POST's Africa programme.

Lydia Harriss

Lydia has a doctorate in biophysics from the University of Oxford. Before joining POST she worked as a Graduate Trainee for the Wellcome Trust, which included taking on diverse roles across communications, education, Wellcome Collection (exhibitions and events) and investments.