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New article on Australian Privacy Law 

Dan Jerker B Svantesson co-authored with ANU's Jorge Conde an article  on 'The five generations of facial recognition usage and the Australian privacy law in International Data Privacy Law, 2024, ipae007

SCI at UKAIS 2025

Three SCI Fellows will lead on a panel for the next annual conference of the UK Academy of Information Sciences, scheduled for Newcastle-on-Tyne in April 2025.  The conference theme will be "Impact of AI on Teaching, Research, and Scholarship". The SCI colleagues, Professor Katina Michael (ASU), Professor Glenn Withers (ANU) and Professor Greg Austin (UTS), will convene Track 11 on privacy, trust and responsibility.

Media Hits on China’s Cyber Espionage

Professor Greg Austin was interviewed for a news report on SBS and a background report on ABC on China’s APT40 hacking group and the Australian and allied security advisory on its activities.

Research Security in AUS Universities

SCI Senior Fellow, Dr Brendan Walker-Munro and two co-authors (David Mount and Ruby Ioannou, both of the University of Queensland) publish a commentary, 'Are we training our potential adversaries', in Issue 1 of Cyber Today, the magazine of the Australian Information Security Association in its first issue of 2024.,


SCI Director at NATO CyCon in Tallinn

SCI Research Director, Greg Austin, an adjunct Professor at the University of Technology Sydney, was an invited panelist for the closing day of the annual CyCon hosted by the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence in Tallin from 29-31 May. He also served as commentator and moderator in a workshop on the day before the conference, discussing creation of a new cyber operational element for NATO under the Supreme Allied Commander Europe.  

Victims of Hacking May Reach One Billion

SCI Distinguished Fellow  Katina Michael, a Professor at Arizona State University, told AFP in an interview on a massive hack of global  events agency, TicketMaster, that the number of victims of hacking could reach one billion. Brief reports of the interview were carried in globally prominent news outlets, such as France 24. 

Securing Australia's Quantum Technology

In a commentary for the Lowy Institute on 7 May, SCI Senior Fellow, Dr Brendan Walker-Munro of Southern Cross University,  calls for 'bold and innovative steps' to be taken by key stakeholders (Government, academia, industry and the intelligence services) to provide adequate security for Australia's  rapidly evolving quantum capabilities and basic research. 

Elon Musk vs Australia

In the Conversation on  23 April 2024, SCI Senior Fellow, Dan Swantesson,  analyses the standoff between Twitter (X) and the Australian government over a take-down order for video of a terrorist attack in the country. 

He argues that 'global content take-down orders can harm the internet if adopted widely'.

New Fellows Announced

On 23 April, SCI announced the commitment of seven researchers to its inaugural Fellows program to extend the influence of social science approaches to security in cyberspace. See our Fellows Fellows page here. 

Webinar on Japan and Australia

Video here: On 5 March, we hosted a webinar on Cyber Policy responses by Japan and Australia to the Russia/Ukraine War.  The webinar featured a presentation by Mihoko Matsubara drawing on her book, ‘ウクライナのサイバー戦争’[Ukraine’s Cyber War] which was published in Japanese in August 2023. Ms Matsubara is Chief Cyber Strategist with NTT in Tokyo. The second presentation on Australian policy was from Professor Greg Austin, co-author of the recent IISS report, ‘Impact of the Russia–Ukraine War on National Cyber Planning: A Survey of Ten Countries’, and adjunct Professor at the Australia China Institute at the University of Technology Sydney. Greg is a co-founder of the Social Cyber Institute. The webinar addressed how the two governments have adjusted their national policies in response to cyber operations by Russia, Ukraine and their allies in their war now underway for two years. The discussion also analysed future options and challenges.

Comment on ASIO Threat Assessment

On 4 March, Greg Austin posted an short commentary tin he The Conversation, saying that ASIO was to be commended for its successes and transparency but that some elements of the latest threat assessment appeared confusing.   Read here. 

Fellows Program

With effect from 1 March 2024, the Social Institute (SCI) has introduced a Fellows’ program to create opportunities for specialists in the field to gain additional recognition for their work, to develop their skills, and to contribute to our work for mutual benefit and public interest. Further details can be found here.

Call for Papers

On 1 March 2024, the Institute issued an open call for proposals for research papers or policy briefs in the field of social cyber security for publication in our online working paper series. Further details can be found here.

Commentary on China's Military Buildup

In Australian Outlook on 19 February, Professor Greg Austin challenged claims by the Australian government that China's military buildup has been the largest and most ambitious of any country since 1945.  He offered comparisons with the Soviet buildup from 1962 to 1985 and the US buildup from 1949 to 1972. Read it here.

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