Blaine has always taken a human-centred approach to computing. He is interested in privacy in mobile and ubiquitous computing and in lifelogging technologies in particular, including both personal lifelogging and logging energy and resource usage. He is currently studying how invisible and automatic lifelogging data can be used by ordinary people to gain insights about their life. He supervises PhD students in the areas of privacy, sustainable computing and digital forensics. He was principal investigator on a number of Knowledge Transfer Partnership projects with industrial partners from 2009-2011 and a co-investigator on the £1.2M EPSRC PRiMMA (Privacy Rights Managment for Mobile Applications) from 2008-2011. He is currently a co-investigator on the 5 year ERC funded ASAP (Adaptive Security and Privacy) where he is looking at security and privacy issues in lifelogging. He is also a co-investigator on the EPSRC funded Privacy Dynamics Project. His publications since 2009 are available from the Publications tab above.
Blaine is responsible for the University's participation in a 2013 BBC2 'Horizon' programme 'Monitor Me' about lifelogging.
Blaine is an academic advisor for a number of BBC/Open University co-productions, an advisor to the Open Rights Group, and an accreditation assessor in digital forensics for the Forensic Science Society where he is a professional member.