Human Rights Commission raises serious concerns with new encryption laws

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The Human Rights Commission has raised serious concerns about significant threats to human rights with the Federal Government's new encryption laws.

A last-minute deal between Labor and the Coalition saw the laws pass late yesterday.

But there are now calls for critical amendments to be made as soon as possible.

Duration: 2min 51sec

Broadcast: Fri 7 Dec 2018, 12:14pm

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Ed Santow, Human Rights Commissioner
Professor Katina Michael, technology expert, University of Wollongong

Citation: Ed Santow and Katina Michael with Nancy Notzon, December 7, 2018, “Human Rights Commission raises serious concerns with new encryption laws”, The World Today: ABC Radio, https://www.abc.net.au/radio/melbourne/programs/worldtoday/human-rights-commission-raises-concerns-new-encryption-laws/10594166

Is it the end of privacy?

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Citation: Katina Michael with Eric Gyors, March 28, 2018, "Is it the end of privacy?", EPISODE: Wednesday Drive – 4:00pm 28th Mar 2018https://eastsidefm.org/episodes/wednesday-drive-400pm-28th-mar-2018/

 

Psychometrics, big data, data-driven approaches, microtargetting, and you

The damning evidence is mounting on CA. Today it was announced that CEO Alexander Nix has been suspended from his position given a Channel 4, UK covert sting recording.

Citation: Katina Michael with Cassie McCullagh, March 21, 2018, "Psychometrics, big data, data-driven approaches, microtargetting, and you", ABC Sydney Radio: FOCUS: http://www.abc.net.au/radio/sydney/programs/focus/focus/9549448

National Security Risks Associated with the Strava App

The Strava App story seems to have mesmerised readers worldwide. Understandably so. People as sensors is a concept that has gathered momentum in the fields of location-based services, social media and crowdsourcing applications. In 2003, I recognised the potential of GPS/GIS and ran a study titled Spatial Database National Australian (S-DNA) that was funded by the University of Wollongong. Here are some of the first outcomes of the work, that later grew to be funded by the Australian Research Council as a Discovery Project:

Source: https://gadgets.ndtv.com/apps/news/australian-military-says-strava-tracking-app-doesnt-breach-security-1806287

The Capability on SBS Greek Radio

Your face is becoming the latest weapon in the world of digital surveillance, and the humble driver's licence looms as a game-changer in tracking individuals through both the real and virtual world.

In Mandarin:

据ABC报道,一旦驾照被引入到生物识别数据库中,政府和一些私人部门将可以获取人们的的照片、年龄和地址等详细信息。

专家警告说,政府和一些有组织的犯罪团伙都有可能出于需要而获取个性化的元数据,人们正面临着失去对自己生物识别特征控制权的风险。

业内观点:

科技和法律方面的专家卡蒂娜·迈克尔(Katina Michael)教授说,在全国可访问的数据库中,大约50%的人已经存储了视觉化的生物特征,而驾照的引入会将这个比例一下提升到80%。

她表示,收集生物识别数据的最大风险之一是生物识别技术方式的漏洞。

迈克尔教授说,“当警察在系统内通过照片来查询个人信息时,不是一对一的搜索匹配,你把一个人的脸放在哪里,可能会得到好几十个人选的搜索结果”。

她说,虽然一段时间后这些被搜索的个人名字可能会被清除,但他们的数据可能会保留在与刑事调查相关的数据库中,而真正的惯犯或恐怖分子却往往不办护照和驾照,来逃避这个系统的管理。

斯蒂芬·威尔逊(Stephen Wilson)经营着一家咨询公司,负责研究和跟踪企业与政府领域的生物识别技术趋势。

他说,目前即便是非常安全的生物识别系统也需要相当长的时间才能准确处理图像。

而当消费者热衷于便利性,例如能够通过面部或指纹的快速扫描来打开手机或访问银行账户,就会忽视安全性,而这就会诱发问题。

威尔逊说,“ 我们在电子数据库里曝光得越多,我们被以生物识别特征匹配的可能性就越大。另外,对试图犯罪的人来说,想要伪造一个驾照,可以从系统里找到一长串与他们长相相似的照片来选择”。

生物识别技术研究所(Industry Trend Tracker)的年度行业调查显示,面部识别将是未来几年最有可能增加的生物识别发展趋势。

受访者们认为,个人隐私和数据保护问题是这个市场上最大的制约因素。

Is Facebook Making Us Sad?

Thank you to Philip Clark for the invitation to NightLife this week! Facebook use and social implications is such an important topic with 2 billion monthly active users presently (and set to further increase).

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More than 1 billion people sign into Facebook every day which includes approximately 9 million Australians - to either post a selfie, to get the latest happenings from around the globe or to see what their friends have been up to. One would assume that the world’s most popular networking site would enhance our life in some way, but surprisingly new research suggests the opposite. Could social media be taking a toll on our emotional wellbeing?

Professor Katina Michael from the University of Wollongong, and Psychologist Philipa Thornton join Phil Clark to discuss the impact of social media on our lives.

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Duration: 49min 29sec

Broadcast: Wed 6 Sep 2017, 10:00pm

Published: Wed 6 Sep 2017, 11:40pm

Original source: http://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/nightlife/social-media/8879978

More on Philip Clark here: http://www.abc.net.au/radio/people/philip-clark/7820896

Human Microchips: Employers Going Too Far

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Human microchip implants have been around for awhile, used by home automation enthusiasts and biohacking movements. But Swedish company Epicenter is taking the technology to a whole new context as a workplace monitoring tool.

The microchips have been implanted into 150 employees and will enable them to open doors, use photocopiers and make purchases from the company cafe. However, privacy is a concern for many people.

Professor Katina Michael joined Nic to discuss the importance of personal choice in using implantables and the problems that may arise when companies and governments use the technology for potentially nefarious purposes.

Citation: Katina Michael with Nick Healy, "Human Microchips: Employees Go Far", 2SERFM Breakfast, May 5, 2017, 6.45-6.50am, http://2ser.com/human-microchips-employers-going-far/, Producers: Jennifer Luu.

What is the Internet doing to our heads?

We spend more time online than offline, so what is all this screen time doing to our heads?

Presenter/Producer: Cheyne Anderson
Presenter: Ellen Leabeater

Speakers:
Lawrence Lam - Professor of Public Health, University of Technology Sydney
Katina Michael - Professor, School of Computing and IT, University of Wollongong
David Glance - Director Centre for Software Practice, University of Western Australia

Think: Digital Futures is supported by 2SER and the University of Technology Sydney.

2ser.com/thinkdigitalfutures

Consider following below on SoundCloud.

Citation: Cheyne Anderson, Ellen Leabeater, Lawrence Lam, Katina Michael, David Glance, April 23, 2017, "What is the Internet doing to our heads?", 2SERFM Think: Digital Futures, https://soundcloud.com/thinkdigitalfutures/what-is-the-internet-doing-to-our-heads

Nice to see it made available here also: https://www.ivoox.com/what-is-the-internet-doing-to-our-heads-audios-mp3_rf_18287880_1.html