The Internet of Us: RADCOMM2017

I will be one of the keynote speakers of this event. I appreciate the invitation from RADCOMMS17 committee and extend thanks to the ACMA whom have been a target audience of our previous research.

Title: The Internet of Us

Abstract: Microchipping humans was once the stuff of science fiction but today we seem to be more than just dabbling in our dreams. For some fusing technology with the flesh will herald in an unforeseen utopia, and yet for others embedded sensors ‘under the skin’ is a clear marker of a dystopic future. What are the social implications of opting in or opting out to such a cyborgian vision? What are the unintended consequences of becoming an electrophorus? And what are the opportunity costs of not doing so? This presentation will describe where humans fit into The Internet of Things equation, and how we might be propelling ourselves toward an Internet of Us before too long. Welcome to uberveillance, where you too, might well be considered a node on a 5G network. It’s time to talk about the sociotechnical implications of humancentric embedded non-medical telecommunications devices that can be injected or even swallowed.

Biography: Katina Michael is a Professor in the Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences at the University of Wollongong. She has a PhD in automatic identification innovation, a Masters in Transnational Crime Prevention and a Bachelors of Information Technology. She started out her career as a Graduate Engineer for Nortel Networks in 1996 and stayed with the company for six years working in pre-sales engineering throughout Asia and North America. In academia, Katina has authored seven books, guest edited 12 special journal issues, and written over a hundred peer reviewed papers. In 2008, Katina was successful in attaining a significant Australian Research Council grant on the topic of Location Based Services and Telecommunications Policy in Australia and has been researching the social implications of emerging technologies for twenty years. Katina is Editor in Chief of IEEE Technology and Society Magazine and a Senior Editor of IEEE Consumer Electronics Magazine.

IEEE Sections Congress 2017 - Rights and Wrongs of Implantables

Initially, I was given the brief to speak on a topic titled "The Rights and Wrongs of Implantables". What is right and what is wrong is not for me to decide- I can simply speak about the pros and cons of implantables from my 20 years of researching in this space. 

Our panel represents diverse issues of the Society on the Social Implications of Technology. Please consider joining us as a member at IEEE.

IEEE Sections Congress, Sydney, Australia

John Lewis, Katina Michael, Narelle Clarke, 25 minutes

Aim: To demonstrate how SSIT helps avoid technology failures by identifying challenges in emerging technologies before they happen.

Katina: The rights and wrongs of implantables

John: Social challenges of health informatics

Narelle: Keeping a customer focus

IGNITE: Fall-down alerts with RFID

Title: Fall-down alerts with RFID: Behavioural Tracking of At-Risk Patients in a Campus Setting

Presenter: Katina Michael

Affiliation: University of Wollongong, Centre for Persuasive Technology and Society

Representation: Council on RFID

Description: Falls are the leading cause of injury in older persons. Using RFID you can track the movements of an older person with the ability to predict a fall based on patterns of movement in a home, retirement village or hospital. This brief presentation demonstrates the potential benefits of RFID in a positive application of human activity monitoring. Responses to the data recorded by RFID could be to alter conditions where it has been demonstrated that older persons have been prone to falling, providing additional reinforcements and supports in specific zones to prevent accidents, and as a real-time locator. The older person can also use the RFID device to signal for emergency assistance.

Support Sources:

Fall Detection:

Using RFID to prevent or detect falls, wandering, bed egress and medication errors
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Microchipping Beyond Body Modification: New ID for Ticketing and Transportation?

Always delighted to speak at events where the audience is ready to be challenged, and to challenge me back! Thank you Mixed Probus group (Kiama Harbourside) for the wonderful white wine, the delicious lunch we shared together, your willingness to take home and read a copy of IEEE Consumer Electronics Magazine, and your mindful commentary about the future of microchipping humans for medical and non-medical applications.

Title: Microchipping Beyond Body Modification: New ID for Ticketing and Transportation?

Abstract: For some time we have witnessed the advent of humans bearing implantable devices for a myriad of non-functional uses. We have grown accustomed to people wearing tattoos on their faces and forearms, piercing noses and tongues, and even implanting wedges of silicon beneath the skin. All of these microchips have modified the body of the individual for mainly aesthetic purposes. Enter the emerging range of ID chips embedded beneath the skin that are now being trialled for ticketing in transit applications and transportation. The last 24 months have seen a spate of small-scale (even one-person participant observer trials) of people implanting unique ID chips into their bodies as part of functional application trials. We've seen people board a plane without a physical boarding pass in Scandanavia. We've seen people enter parking lots with just a wave of a hand in Glebe, NSW. We've seen people embed a chip that links to their mobile phone for payment. And more recently we've witnessed a local man from Sydney use his implantable device to board a train, instead of a physical PVC-based Opal Card. In effect, the man had embedded an Opal chip into his hand. This seminar will examine these single case studies and consider the pros and cons of going completely cashless and paperless for ticketing and transportation. Do you think this is our future? To be microchipped like dogs and cats? Or do you think it is technology better left outside the human body? Come and discuss these questions with peers in your local Municipality.

Participant Reflections:

  • Can easily see the benefits of microchip implants. Especially for medical records.
  • Convenience. Driver's license. Pension card. Passport.
  • Anti-terrorism measure.
    • Why not?
  • Autonomy, convenience.
  • Due process should be followed, if followed, there are no problems.
  • Control. Lack of control.
  • Computer hacking. Passwords.
  • Privacy problems.
  • Who can access your data? Personal information.
  • Ownership?
    • The Hospital. The Patient. The Person. The Company who Produced it. Anyone who has the right to access it. Health Insurance Provider.
  • False data. Reliability.
  • Inequality. Cost issue. Affordability. Haves and have-nots.

About the Speaker: Dr Katina Michael is a professor in the Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences at the University of Wollongong. She joined UOW in 2002 after a career in telecommunications engineering at Nortel Networks. Her research is in the area of the social implications of emerging technologies with an emphasis on national security. Katina is the editor in chief of IEEE Technology and Society Magazine, and senior editor of IEEE Consumer Electronics Magazine. She resides in the Kiama Municipality with her husband and three children. Most days she can be found wandering Illawarra beaches for an hour or so. See also:;

This talk has been commissioned by Kiama Mixed Probus group that will meet at the Kiama Leagues Club on August 2, 2017. Kiama Mixed Probus Club was instigated in 1994 by Philip and Marian Russell. More here.

Expected audience: 60 people.

From left to right (above): Helen Fox, Katina Michael, Marilyn, Diane Westgate and David Westgate. What a fantastic and happy environment with lots and lots of characters.

Mixed Probus Kiama Harbourside Group that meets once a month at the Kiama Leagues Club, Kiama, NSW (tables at right, out of view)

Mixed Probus Kiama Harbourside Group that meets once a month at the Kiama Leagues Club, Kiama, NSW (tables at right, out of view)

Internet of Medical Things: Balancing Benefits with Risks - BioPharma Research Council

BioPharma Research Council

BioPharma Research Council (BRC) webinar entitled: The Internet of Medical Things: Balancing Benefits with Risks on July 27th.

Featured experts in cybersecurity and related applications who will bring their experience to bear on what should be built into connected devices and systems to ensure privacy and security.

  *   Date: Thursday, July 27th, 2017
  *   Start Time:  1pm EST,12:00 pm CDT, 9:00am PDT
  *   End Time: 3:30pm EST, 2:30pm CDT, 11:30pm PDT

BRC is hosting an Internet of Medical Things (IOMT) webinar that will weigh in on questions concerning the privacy and security of devices, systems, users, and databases.  Advantages of connectivity and automated data collection will be considered in light of responsibilities and liabilities of all parties regarding rights, intellectual property, privacy and security in a cyber environment.

Risks and liabilities must be weighed relative to the overall benefits to the connected organizations and their patients.  Not only will these systems provide ease of connectivity and data collection, but more important, patients could benefit by finding existing therapies or clinical trials that may treat their condition.  In addition, improved data collection over larger number of subjects could lead to a more comprehensive determination of drug efficacy and safety profiles.

There is a need to address two main questions:
1.  How are organizations currently mitigating risks to security and privacy in balance with innovating to keep pace with threats to devices, systems and applications; and,
2.  What are the strategies, plans, and processes being considered to reduce anticipated risks to patients and safeguards their benefits.

What constitutes an acceptable risk and liability profile while realizing benefits to connected organizations and their patients in the face of escalating threats.

Katina Michael will be addressing issues from her research from the last decade on embedded devices, uberveillance, and the associated privacy and cyber security impacts. What are some of the most egregious privacy and security risks that you’ve found with the devices? What do you see as the trend for medical devices to come? What can device engineers do to improve the security and privacy of their devices?

Expected Audience:
Professionals and practitioners working in connectivity, automated data collection, and data sources such as hospital equipment, implants, wearables, consumer devices, and related databases.

  *   Clinical professionals in IT and trial management
  *   Device developers
  *   Device software developers
  *   System software developers
  *   Website developers
  *   System Architects
  *   Database Administrators
  *   Clinical Laboratory Managers
  *   Risk Assessors
  *   Chief Risk Officers
  *   Healthcare information security professionals
  *   Healthcare privacy professionals
  *   Healthcare IT practitioners
  *   Legal professionals
  *   Regulatory officials

Each presentation will be followed with dialog (Q&A chat box), and the event will conclude with a panel of regulatory representatives addressing risk-reward trade-offs in data collection, cybersecurity, privacy and public policy and regulations.

Main contacts: Rebecca Herold, Tom Fare, Ronnye Schreiber


BRC is hosting an Internet of Medical Things (IOMT) webinar that will weigh in on questions concerning the privacy and security of devices, systems, users, and databases.Advantages of connectivity and automated data collection will be considered in light of responsibilities and liabilities of all parties regarding rights, intellectual property, and security in a cyber environment.

Risks and liabilities must be weighed relative to the overall benefits to the connected organizations and their patients. Not only will these systems provide ease of connectivity and data collection, but more important, patients could benefit by finding existing therapies or clinical trials that may treat their condition. In addition, improved data collection over larger number of subjects could lead to a more comprehensive determination of drug efficacy and safety profiles.

DATE: Thursday, July 27th, 2017

START TIME: 1:00 PM EST (12:00 PM CDT/9:00 AM PDT)

END TIME: 3:30 PM EST (2:30 PM CDT/11:30 AM PDT)

Register here


1:00-1:05 Welcome and Introductions
Ronnye Schreiber
Board of Directors

1:05-1:10 Overview
Rebecca Herold
CEO Privacy Professor

1:10-1:35 CISO’s struggles with securing medical devices
Mitch Parker
Executive Director
Information Security & Compliance
Indiana University Health

1:35-2:00 Security Risk Management Throughout the Medical Device Life Cycle
Steven Abrahamson
Senior Director
Product Cyber Security
GE Healthcare

2:00-2:25 Current medical breakthroughs with IOMT medical devices
Dave Saunders
Senior VP Product Development, Co-Founder
Galen Robotics

2:25-2:50 The future of IOMT
Katina Michael
University of Wollongong

2:50-3:15 Roundtable: What Regulators are Looking For
Deven McGraw
Deputy Director
Health Information Privacy at Office for Civil Rights
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

Linda Ricci
Associate Director
Office of Device Evaluation Digital Health
FDA’s Center Director for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) 

3:15-3:25 Summary
Rebecca Herold

3:25-3:30 Parting thoughts
Ronnye Schreiber

Presenter Backgrounds

Ronnye Schreiber

Ronnye co-founded PlanetConnect in 1995 and is the company CEO. She is also Co-founder and member of the Board of Directors of the non-profit, BioPharma Research Council (BRC).  She leads teams creating customized internal and external meetings and trade shows for Pharmaceuticals, Telecommunications and AgBio organizations. Past working lives have been spent in labs in Johnson & Johnson, Rutgers Medical School, Sidney Farber Cancer Institute, Arthur D. Little, and Ortho Diagnostics and in libraries and marketing at AT&T and Lucent Bell Laboratories. Ronnye is dedicated to working with non-profit organizations, including planning programs and festivals, managing sponsorships and fund-raising for a number of organizations such as the Association of Women in Science (AWIS), American Association of University Women (AAUW), Meeting Professionals International (MPI) and the Jersey Shore Jazz & Blues Foundation (JSJBF).  Ronnye was the Commencement Keynote for DeVry University in 2005 and is a lifetime member of Beta Phi Mu. Ronnye has a Master’s degree from Rutgers University School of Library and Information Studies and a Bachelor of Arts in bacteriology from Douglass College of Rutgers University.

Rebecca Herold

Rebecca Herold, FIP, CISSP, CISA, CISM, CIPT, CIPM, CIPP/US, FLMI, is CEO and Founder of The Privacy Professor® consultancy she established in 2004, and is Co-Founder and President of SIMBUS, LLC, an information security, privacy, technology & compliance management cloud service for organizations of all sizes, in all industries, in all locations founded in 2014. Rebecca is an entrepreneur with over 25 years of systems engineering, information security, privacy and compliance experience. Rebecca has authored 19 books to date, dozens of book chapters, and hundreds of published articles. Rebecca led the NIST SGIP Smart Grid Privacy Subgroup for 7 years, was a founding member and officer for the IEEE P1912 Privacy and Security Architecture for Consumer Wireless Devices Working Group, and serves on the Advisory Boards of numerous organizations. Rebecca also serves as an expert witness for information security, privacy, and compliance issues. Rebecca has helped hundreds of covered entities, business associates, and medical device vendors in the healthcare industry throughout her career, as well as current clients in her business. Rebecca was an Adjunct Professor for the Norwich University MSISA program for many years, and graduated with honors with degrees in Mathematics, Computer Science and Education. Rebecca is based in Des Moines, Iowa. 

Mitchell Parker

Mitchell Parker, CISSP, is the Executive Director, Information Security and Compliance, at IU Health in Indianapolis, Indiana.  Mitch is currently working on redeveloping the Information Security program at IU Health, and regularly works with multiple non-technology stakeholders to improve it. He also speaks regularly at multiple conferences and workshops, including HIMSS, IEEE TechIgnite, and Internet of Medical Things. Mitch has a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Bloomsburg University, a MS in Information Technology Leadership from LaSalle University, and his MBA from Temple University.

Steven Abrahamson

Steve Abrahamson is Senior Director of Product Security at GE Healthcare, based in his hometown of Waukesha, Wisconsin. Steve’s leads the GE Healthcare Product Cyber Security organization in development and implementation of the GE Healthcare Design Engineering Privacy and Security process across all global product lines, as well as development of security systems and tools, integration of security within strategic software programs, and development of collaborative approaches with customers, regulators, and industry groups. Steve has promoted systemic risk-based approaches for healthcare security through frequent speaking engagements including the FDA Workshop on Collaborative Approaches for Healthcare Cyber Security, US Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board, National Academy of Sciences Innovation Forum, HHS/NIST HIPAA Security Conference, HIMSS, mHealth, Advamed, AAMI, and the SANS Healthcare Cyber Security Summit, and recently served as a chairperson for the Medical Device Cybersecurity Risk Mitigation Conference. Prior to joining GE Steve worked at Texas Instruments in various technical management roles supporting precision-guided weapons programs within their Defense Electronics Group. Steve is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt and Master Black Belt, and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Marquette University and a MBA from the University of Dallas. Steve also represents GE as a member of GE’s corporate marathon team, and he has completed over 120 marathons.

Dave Saunders 

Serial tech sector entrepreneur, Dave Saunders has taken over 40 Internet-based products from inception to market since 1991. He has led diverse product development programs including desktop Internet software, access concentration, telco switching, virtual machine clustering and computer-vision-guided surgical tools. An ardent supporter of the Internet of Things, he continues pursuing his vision of a connected world that enriches lives as co-founder and vice president of product development for Silicon Valley-based medical systems creator Galen Robotics.

Katina Michael

Dr Katina Michael, BIT, MTransCrimPrev, PhD, is a Professor in the School of Computing and Information Technology, and member of the Centre for Persuasive Technology and Society, at the University of Wollongong, NSW, Australia. Katina is the Editor in Chief of IEEE Technology and Society Magazine, and Senior Editor of IEEE Consumer Electronics Magazine. She researches the technological trajectory of emerging technologies within the national security and biomedical space. Together with husband MG Michael she has developed the concept of uberveillance, denoting embedded surveillance devices. She has guest edited a dozen special issue journals on topics devoted to human activity monitoring and big data. Katina is a board member of the Australian Privacy Foundation and previously represented the Consumers Federation of Australia.

Deven McGraw

Deven McGraw serves as the deputy director for health information privacy at the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and is the acting chief privacy officer for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. Ms. McGraw is a well-respected expert on the HIPAA rules and brings to her positions a wealth of experience in both the private sector and the non-profit advocacy world. Prior to joining HHS, she was a partner in the healthcare practice of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP.  She previously served as the director of the health privacy projects at the Center for Democracy & Technology, which is a leading consumer voice on health privacy and security policy issues, and as the chief operating officer at the National Partnership for Women & Families, where she provided strategic leadership and substantive policy expertise for the partnership’s health policy agenda. Ms. McGraw graduated magna cum laude from the University of Maryland. She earned her J.D., magna cum laude, and her L.L.M. from Georgetown University Law Center, and was executive editor of the Georgetown Law Journal. She has a Master’s degree in public health from Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health.  

Linda Ricci

Linda Ricci began her career developing artificial intelligence solutions in the defense industry before moving to the medical device industry as a software engineer.  She helped to develop several diagnostic cardiology devices and has participated in all phases of product life cycle development.  Ms. Ricci moved to the FDA in 2005 and has had several roles including scientific reviewer and branch chief within the Division of Cardiovascular devices.  Currently Ms. Ricci is the Associate Director for Digital Health within the Office of Device Evaluation.  In this role she, leads the development and implementation of digital health policy within the Office of Device Evaluation.  She has degrees in Electrical Engineering and Medical Engineering.

Tom Fare

Tom is Director, Strategic Alliances for PlanetConnect. His role is to engage potential new clients and customers to develop symposia that address existing and emerging needs within their organizations.  He uses his extensive experience in scientific research, development, and licensing to identify meeting themes matched to a client's objectives and goals.  He also develops ROI models to measure and report on business and employee development for clients and customers.   Tom spent over 13 years with Merck & Co. and over 30 years in biotechnology and technology.  He received his PhD in Electrical Engineering and Science at the University of Pennsylvania.  He has authored or co-authored peer-reviewed papers in fields ranging from circuit design to gene profiling technologies.

Hacking the Body: The Future of Persuasive Technologies in IOMT

The development of small wearables and tiny implantable devices that are tethered to mobile or desktop units have aided to realise the possibility of the Internet of Medical Things paradigm. This presentation will review the three P’s, pervasive diagnostics, personalised medicine and persuasive technology in the context of an end-to-end healthcare value chain. The future of IOMT is in the collection of discrete historical data and continuous real-time data incorporating not only static data like one’s DNA profile but real-time behavioural biometrics like one’s brain and heart activity. This presentation will emphasise the precautionary principle in considering the impact of IOMT on privacy and security. Notions of secondary use of personal data, retrospective use, bodily privacy, body hacking, and ‘death by Internet’ will be discussed. This presentation will be focused on raising awareness in biomedical device engineers of new end-user vulnerabilities posed by emerging devices within an uberveillance society for individual life sustainment and life enhancement.

What is Technology Addiction and How does it Affect Us?

Thank you for the invitation by Margaret McDonough-Glenn to guest lecture for the University of Newcastle regarding all matters Technology Addiction and the Socio-Ethical issues they raise? The session delivery is for UON's: "Issues and Insights for Our Society - Impact of Technology on Our Lives" for their Sociology course here.

Subject summary: Australia and the world face perennial challenges in 2017 and this sociology course will allow us to examine these challenges through the lens of issues such as: the impact of technology on our lives; the latest contribution by Professor Guy Standing of ‘Basic Income - And How We Can Make It Happen’, ‘The Battle for University funding’ and more. The interactive sociology course will comb through the impact of technology on both our young and older Australians and what lies ahead over the years to come; ; will study Professor Standing latest contribution to the basic income debate and his suggestions of how to implement the idea; will study post ‘Bringing Them Home’ report, treaty and constitutional recognition post Uluru; will study bestseller Professor Thomas Piketty’s ‘Capital in the Twenty-First Century’ and “its powerful argument about wealth, democracy and why capitalism will always create inequality”; will study other issues and insights arising from this fast changing world that we live in.

In the Lecture to be delivered July 26, 2017 @ 12pm, we can use the following stimulus materials.

Using Social Media in Public Health Research

Katina's Top 10 Social Media Tips

  1. What is ORCID? How do I get an ORCID?
  2. How do I set up a Twitter and LinkedIn account?
  3. Where do I go to setup a Google Scholars account?
  4. What is ResearchGate?
  5. What is Figshare?
  6. What is Selected Works? Also known as Bpress, Research online?
  7. How do I get published on The Conversation? Pitch an idea.
  8. Where can I find my UOW Scholars account?
  9. Is your UOW staff page up to date? How do I add more?
  10. Who is your community of interest (COI) @UoWnursing, and what are your most important themes (# hashtags). E.g. #mentalhealth #nursing #midwifery #agedcare.
Katina Michael addressing School of Nursing at iC UOW. Photo by Dr Moira Stephens

Katina Michael addressing School of Nursing at iC UOW. Photo by Dr Moira Stephens