SCI RESEARCH

Disaster Resilience Commission

Three senior researchers have recommended creation of a National Resilience Advisory Commission (NRAC) to prepare better the economy for the next disaster. The proposal is part of their submission to the Senate Select Committee on Covid-19.  One author of the submission is Professor Glenn Withers AO, immediate Past President of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia. “A new Commission could bring together peak bodies from business, worker organisations, social welfare advocacy, and conservation. It would replace present ad hoc approaches, especially for broader planning and for when response moves into recovery and renewal.”, noted Professor Glenn Withers, Distinguished Professor of Economics at ANU. “We need to be able to be ahead of disasters in social, economic and environmental planning, as well as in core emergency prevention and response.”

Creating Social Cyber Value

In the initial research paper of the SCI, Professors Greg Austin and Glenn Withers argue for the centrality of social science in cyber space management at all levels of national policy, enterprise development and human welfare. They introduce a novel concept to help achieve this reorientation: “creating social cyber value”. This refers to optimised information ecosystem performance: maximizing benefit while minimising insecurity and incompetence. Moreover, it argues that this can only be attained when the human use and misuse of relevant technology is recognised as central. They call for a shake-up in organisational structures to place CSOs and CISOs under a new post responsible for all aspects of information technology, especially human capital and social aspects..

Works in this series from the Social Cyber Institute  are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.