In My Mind - Social Media Addiction

"We're more connected than ever, always at the beck and call of our smart phones. But despite being constantly online, we're feeling isolated and anxious. We explore why social media is so addictive and what it's doing to our mental health."

A trailer to the documentary "In My Mind" looking at social media addiction. Directed and produced by AttitudeLive in New Zealand. This documentary centred on social media addiction, and the series focused on women's issues more broadly. It aired in Ausralia on March 26, 2018, recorded some time in mid July 2017.

Citation: Katina Michael in "In my Mind - Social Media Addiction", SBS OnDemand, screening March 26, 5pm-5.30pm, Sydney.

In My Mind

Today’s woman is sold on the idea you can have it all. But this has transformed into an expectation; you must do it all. These unhealthy expectations driving an anxiety epidemic are explored in this new series from Attitude Pictures. 'In My Mind' is a ground-breaking four-part television series that will premiere on TVNZ 1 Sunday 16th July at 8:30am, and available to watch internationally on our website AttitudeLive.com

Via raw and honest interviews with New Zealand and Australian women of all ages, alongside expert opinion, this four-part series delves into stress, anxiety and mental health. Directed by four Kiwi female directors, each episode focuses on a different catalyst including social media addiction, the challenges of motherhood, body image and burnout as well as techniques to live in these increasingly challenging times.

UAVs Pros Cons in Toronto: safety and dialogue are keys to legitimacy

Monday, July 22, 2013

UAVs Pros Cons in Toronto: safety and dialogue are keys to legitimacy

Ian Hannah of Avrobotics.ca displayed his professional hexcopter at the UAVs Pros Cons Symposium in Toronto.

One of the biggest drone-related stories to make the rounds is about a little Colorado town that is attempting to institute a $100 reward for anyone who shoots down an unmanned aircraft. I'll not post a link to this story, or name the actual town, since it appears this is little more than a stunt to attract media attention to the town.

The townspeople may or may not be "real" about their proposed law, given the likelihood of people being injured by gunfire or falling drones, but fear of unmanned aircraft systems (dronephobia?) is real. This fear is rooted in a disconnect between popular media, and the actual uses and potential for the technology.

UAVs Pros-Cons was an effort bring expert knowledge to the public, while at the same time providing a discussion of many of the legitimate concerns over drones and their uses.

Hosted June 30 at Ryerson University's Ted Rogers School of Business Management in downtown Toronto, this was the first public event organized by DronesForGood.

Ian Hannah, a certified pilot and owner/operator of aerial photography provider Avrobotics.ca, displayed his professional-grade hexcopter, which is equipped with a high-end camera gimbal system for a digital SLR camera. Ian has uploaded some samples of what's possible with his equipment on Vimeo.

I also brought one of the four fixed-wing drones from the Drones for Schools initiative, which is one of the 32 programs originating from the five-year National Science Foundation grant EnLiST (Entrepreneurial Leadership in STEM Teaching and learning). These unmanned aircraft are designed to take aerial photo mosaics and photomaps.

Ian and I answered questions, and gave talks on drones and their many peaceful uses in media, agriculture, and scientific research.  For the final talk of the symposium, I explored the portrayal of drones in the media, how that clashes with reality, and discussed the origin of the word "drone." I also gave examples of how drones can provide communities valuable data in times of crisis, and what kind of special ethical considerations drone journalists may have to consider.

Nikola Danaylov of the Singularity Weblog documented the talks, and posted them free to the public. More info about the symposium is available on the Ubverveillance blog. 

In talking with Ian at the symposim, there was one message which seemed most urgent. He described to me how he was once invited by a colleague out to a soccer field, which are fairly common around airports given how the noise level makes most development unsuitable.

Ramona Pringle, a professor of media at Ryerson, facilitated the public discussion on UAVs at the symposium.

This person had a drone, and a rather expensive one. Ian estimated it was worth about $10,000. His colleague fired up the motors, and the drone immediately rose into the airspace near the airport, dashed over a busy road, and crashed nearby. It was all over fairly quick.

We have a code of ethics which we abide by on DroneJournalism.org, which specifically mentions that an operator must be familiar with his aircraft and operate it in a safe fashion. Obviously, there are going to be people who do not use common sense when operating these devices.

Ian is a proponent of certification, and after hearing about that incident, I have to say I'm a proponent as well. There are concerns in the UAV community that such a regulatory structure could be manipulated by "big players," which would needlessly direct people to specific, expensive hardware, thus blocking access to the skies.

Should everyone own a drone? Given the things I've seen and heard, I'm not so sure. We have public roads, but we don't let just anyone drive on them.

University of Toronto professor Andrew Clement spoke about the lack of compliance on private security cameras, and how drone surveilance could even further complicate this situation.

One thing I am sure about is the operational environment needs a lot of improvement in terms of safety. Without a safe operating record, journalists and small unmanned operators will have an exceptionally difficult time persuading the public to let us fly. And this is on top of all the sensationalist reports we've been struggling against.

I write a lot about openness of data on this website. Adding certifications may restrict some from flying, but that doesn't mean that the data those aircraft obtain has to be closed-source. The key might prove to be skilled operators, but who fly in the public interest by keeping their data available on the internet.
 

Avner Levin, Chair of the Law & Business Department at the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University, speaking about "drones for bad" and the threat to privacy.

UAVs Pros Cons was sponsored by in part by DroneJournalism.org and DronesForGood.com. Ryerson University and the Privacy & Cyber Crime Institute at the Ted Rogers School of Business Management provided patronage of this event. Convenors for this event included Katina Michael (Wollongong), Alexander Hayes (DronesForGood.com), Susannah Sabine (DronesForGood.com), Rob Manson (MOBLabs), Jai Galliot (jaigalliott.com), and myself.

Photos here are courtesy of Alexander Hayes, via Flickr. Below are video from talks by Ian and myself. More videos are available on the Singularity Weblog. 

By Matt Schroyer at 9:00 AM

Tags: Alexander Hayes Andrew Clement Avner Levin Avrobotics.ca drones Ian Hannah Katina Michael ,pros cons Ramona Pringle Ryerson sUAS Toronto UAS UAVs UAVs Pros Cons

Citation: Matthew Schroyer, July 22, 2013, "UAVs Pros Cons in Toronto: safety and dialogue are keys to legitimacy", Mental Munition Factory, http://www.mentalmunition.com/2013/07/uavs-pros-cons-Toronto.html

Pop password pill, or simply stick it

Alysha Aitkennews.com.au
Katina MichaelUniversity of Wollongong

Abstract

But University of Wollongong professor Katina Michael warned the tatts and pills could easily be tampered with and were “an invasion of bodily privacy.”

“Everyone is trying to find a solution to the password problem, but by inviting the password problem into the body or on to the body, we’re magnifying the problem,” Michael said.

“You can’t ensure that the token is free from interference from another person or an organisation. There will be a lot of counterfeit pills that cause a lot of headaches.”

She said people just need to create stronger passwords.

Suggested Citation: Alysha Aitken and Katina Michael. "Pop password pill, or simply stick it" mX June 7. 2013.

Full article here in text:

TECHNOLOGY CONNECTION

FORGET remembering passwords. Tattoos and swallowing pills could soon replace manually entering computer and smartphone passwords.

Mechanical engineer Regina Dugan has revealed plans to create wearable tech tattoos containing tiny sensors that would communicate with your gadgets, at the All Things Digital's D11 conference in California.

``Authentication is irritating. So irritating that only about half the people do it even though there's a lot of information about you on your smartphone,'' Dugan said.

But the sticker-like tattoo can only be worn for a week at a time, so if you're not so keen on the tatt, you can opt for the password vitamin.

The US-approved pill, which is swallowed daily, emits a signal that allows your body and gadgets to communicate, removing the need for a password.

``Essentially, your entire body becomes your authentication token,'' Dugan said.

But University of Wollongong professor Katina Michael warned the tatts and pills could easily be tampered with and were ``an invasion of bodily privacy''.

``Everyone is trying to find a solution to the password problem, but by inviting the password problem into the body or on to the body, we're magnifying the problem,'' Michael said.

``You can't ensure that the token is free from interference from another person or an organisation. There will be a lot of counterfeit pills that cause a lot of headaches.''

She said people just needed to create stronger passwords.

What Could Microchips in Humans be Used for?

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Citation: Katina Michael with Katherine Albrecht, July 30, 2011, "What could microchips in humans be used for?" The Katherine Albrecht Show: Talk Radio with a Freedom Twist.

Note: I conducted this interview from Wollongong Hospital. Our line was cut several times as there was poor mobile reception in the ward. Only 10 minutes were captured. Here is the interview without commercials.