Rethinking Law and Order: Navigating Citizen Rights in an Age of Uberveillance Increasingly, the personal and work-related smart devices we use are packed with sensors that record the who (identity), where (location), when (time), and how (mode of transport/condition) of all our interactions. Knowing with some level of predictability where a person is and with whom he or she is interacting—a situation called “uberveillance”—has obvious commercial and security value. User convenience and law enforcement application have been major drivers for collecting huge quantities of data on consumers and citizens. But uberveillance has important and sometimes troubling implications for citizen rights and the rule of law. In this New Tools talk, Katina Michael will address issues related to law, regulation, and policy as they pertain to real-time monitoring and tracking of things and people. She will consider colliding stakeholder perspectives in demonstrated case law, examine the race to go beyond intelligence toward evidence, and ask fundamental questions about the rights of citizens. Is the search warrant process broken? Are service providers keeping too much information about their customers? How do citizens maintain their privacy? Social, technological, legal, and ethical principles and processes will be highlighted throughout this case-based talk toward a holistic approach to information management in practice. This New Tools talk will be followed by a workshop on multidisciplinary perspectives on “data.”
After starting out in the telecommunications industry in 1996, I met a great many people who were nothing short of outstanding! My colleagues at Nortel Networks, the many stakeholders engaged in networks- government, industry, consultants, citizenry through NGOs. The list was very long, always meshed, and always complex. The weekend before my keynote I was contacted by a consultant I had worked with on the Telstra CDMA bid- Noelle Jones. This was completely out of the blue though we had remained in touch some years after I left industry for academia. Seeing Noelle, and so many others was moving. I kept thinking about "time". So many familiar faces, the context blurry about where and when I had come across them, their name, their work... but it took less than 48 hours to bring a mental mind map into some form of coherency. Of course it is telecoms, and of course there is much flux and emerging tech- but the people in the sector are close-knit in Australian circles.
Whether it was perchance a meeting with a once very familiar group of people, or a nomenclature that had been borne in telecoms, I am not quite sure- but my presentation made a huge impact on the audience. Perhaps I verbally "spoke out" what many had been thinking in the industry but had never openly proclaimed. Perhaps people's inner hopes, dreams and fears, were realised in what I had to say- I am not sure- but it was a special 1 hour that perhaps only those of us present could describe.
The truth is that I had spent days working on the presentation, months thinking about it, and years (in fact decades) researching it. For me, personally, it was perhaps the best summary I had ever given in 30 minutes, packed with metaphor, packed with evidence of the here and now of implantables for humans, and packed with "where to next?" with all of this gadgetry.
I thank the kindness of my audience for the feedback they provided- really- I've never received that much one to one feedback. A group of us gathered at the end of day 1 for canapes and drinks and pondered and pondered on what the future held. I knew I was surrounded by very influential stakeholders who had been thinking of some of the questions I had posed in my presentation-- they are real, and the time to address them is now. It is no longer sci-fi in Hollywood movies.
I showed evidence of my claims. Graphic images, detailed videos, cited peer reviewed papers, and allowed the audience to make up their own minds. I tried to stay as objective as possible and simply "state" the goings on of the Internet of Us paradigm. Perhaps, more than "make of it what you will", I deliberately positioned the presentation in the goals of IOT. And dared ask what about an IOU (an Internet of Us). I thank the speakers that proceeded after my keynote-- somehow we all kept coming back to "connectedness" which was a theme of the conference with a focal point on 5G.
So many exceptional presentations. So many. I could hardly keep up with my notetaking. Here are some notables from various organisations. There were some standouts for me, including Kate Foy and Pamela Longstaff, and on day 2, who could go passed Carstens Clemens from Bell Consulting Labs!!
For my presentation materials, powerpoint, audio of the keynote delivered please visit: http://www.katinamichael.com/seminars/2017/11/2/the-internet-of-us-radcomm2017
What an incredible experience it was to travel to Delhi for the IEEE Green Computing and Internet of Things Conference! Met so many wonderful students and staff from across India and surrounding nations, but especially beautiful hearts at Galgotias College of Engineering and Technology.
I was so impressed by the vast talent of students, who not only were keen engineers and technologists but also multi-talented singers, dancers, actors and MCs!
Here is the link to the conference: http://gciot-conference.org/2015/
Such an exceptional conference- and likely the best IEEE conference I've ever been to- well organised, entertaining, precision organisation in sessions and keynotes, certificates, kind words and generosity. What incredible volunteers that gathered at this event- and so "Indian" in reception!
Great local food! Great folk music! A top variety night! All of it student driven.
And most of all about 800 IEEE peer-reviewed papers, posters, industry submissions on something I deem to be the number 1 thing that engineers should be focused on-- sustainability.
"ICGCIoT is technically sponsored by UP Section of IEEE, IEEE Computer Society, IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics Society, IEEE Electron Devices Society (EDS), Malaysia, International Nueral Network Society (INNS), and supported by Indian Society for Technical Education (ISTE), ComTec, UNIKASSEL VERSITAT, and Research Publishing, Singapore.
There were internationally renowned keynote speakers, who delivered their keynote speeches in the morning sessions, Dr Aynur Unal, Stanford University, USA, Dr Katina Michael, University of Wollongong, Australia, Dr Thinagaran Perumal, Universiti Putra, Malaysia, DR. Ing. Jagdish Lal Raheja, Digital Systems Group (CEERI), India, Dr Aduwati Binti Sali, University Putra, Malaysia, Dr Jacek Mandziuk, Warsa University of Technology, Poland."
RFID technology in its current form has been around for 20 years, and it evolved from technologies developed during World War II. Since then, RFID have emerged as a promising technology in the areas of retail, logistics, finance, transportation, healthcare and security. The goal of this workshop is to highlight these achievements of RFID and explore future application and prospects of this technology. To understand the future of RFID, we present a one-day workshop having researchers and industry practitioners from Australia to review the history as well as latest challenges, innovations and opportunities in real world applications.
Photos from the day are available here: https://drive.google.com/drive/u/1/folders/0B4pTwVveJOKYNUlTU3UwYWZiejQ