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Stephen Mason is a barrister with an interest in electronic signatures, authentication, security, electronic evidence, e-mail and internet use, interception and monitoring of communications, data protection and privacy.
He is an Associate Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies in London, a member of the IT Panel of the General Council of the Bar of England and Wales, and an independent director of tScheme Limited (tScheme is the national body responsible for accreditation and supervision referred to in Article 3(4) of the EU electronic signature Directive).
Stephen is the author of Electronic Signatures in Law (3rd edn, Cambridge University Press, 2012), When Bank Systems Fail Debit cards, credit cards, ATMs, mobile and online banking: your rights and what to do when things go wrong (2nd edn, PP Publishing, 2014) and Email, social media and the internet at work: A concise guide to compliance with the law (7th edn, PP Publishing, 2014), and was one of the first lawyers to write an e-book, The millennium bug: a guide to the legal issues for business (4th edn, May 1999).
He is the general editor of Electronic Evidence (3rd edn, LexisNexis Butterworths, 2012) and International Electronic Evidence (British Institute of International and Comparative Law, 2008).
He is also the founder, general editor and publisher of the international journal Digital Evidence and Electronic Signature Law Review, now in its twelfth year, and which has become an international focal point for researchers in the area.
He has conducted training in electronic evidence for judges and lawyers at the request of universities, legal professional organizations and Ministries of Justice in Australia, Belgium (the European Judicial Training Network), Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, France, India, Romania, Thailand, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and the International Criminal Court.
Stephen has acted as the external marker in postgraduate degrees dealing with electronic evidence: LLM at the University of Oslo (2006), PhD at the University of Exeter (2013); PhD ‘Authentication of Electronic Evidence’ at Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia (2015).
Before qualifying as a barrister, Stephen served for 9 years in the Royal Army Ordnance Corps as an Ammunition Technician (which includes bomb disposal duties), leaving as a sergeant to take his first degree in History and Educational Philosophy.
To encourage people to take the virtual world seriously, he wrote his first espionage novel (including a passing reference to lawyers) under the pseudonym of Felix M Temple, The World’s a Minefield, published on the 100 year anniversary (to the day) of the beginning of the British Secret Service.