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About Dr. David M Cook

David M Cook is a research scholar interested in new and emerging forms of security and governance. This includes E-Governance, New Modes of Governance, Computer Security, Socio-Political systems, Information Warfare, International Governance and Gerontology.
This broad research theme underpins a range of research vectors including counter terrorism, money laundering, crime prevention, online security, accessibility, new media security, deception, accessibility, gerontechnology, and seniors security.


Present Chair of the WA Branch of the ACS, Australian Computer Society
Present Researcher ECU SRI Security Research Institute, Edith Cowan University
Present Researcher/Lecturer - School of Science, Edith Cowan University

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

HCI, e-Governance, Trusted Computing, Money Laundering, Computer Security, New Media security, Senior Citizens online security, Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design, Virtual Reality, and Gerontechnology

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Professional Service and Affiliations

2015 - Present Director, Indonesia Institute
2012 - Present Researcher, ECU SRI Security Research Institute
2007 - Present Fellow, Australian Computer Society
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Honors and Awards

  • 2013 Vice Chancellor's Staff Award for Community Engagement
  • 2013 Best paper Award for the Australian Information Warfare Conference
  • 2012 Winner of the WAITTA Communit Service award for the Seniors Identity Training program
  • 2010 Best paper Award ( WA Police Award) for the Australian Counter-Terrorism Conference
  • Fellow of the Australian Computer Society
  • 2018 Best Paper Award IEEE 14th International Conference on Information Processing


  • CSI 6113 IT Professionalism and Practice
  • CSI 6206 Information Warfare


2014 - 2018 PhD, Edith Cowan University ‐ School Of Science
2009 - 2010 MBA, Murdoch University ‐ School of Business and Law
2008 - 2009 BA Honours 1st Class, Murdoch University ‐ School of Governance
2004 - 2007 Bachelor of Asian Studies (Specialist), Murdoch University ‐ School of Governance

Contact Information

Edith Cowan University (Building 18)
Joondalup Drive
Joondalup 6027 Western Australia


Information Warfare (4)

Accessible Turing Tests (2)

The distinction between a human and a robot is becoming increasingly difficult to determine. Online authentication systems for the protection of sensitive information, privacy, and financial accounts often anchors to Turing tests to determine the identity of an online interaction. In some cases Multi-Factor Authentication includes such a test. Papers in this category examine the need for such authentication through the lens of accessibility, including older people, and those from minority groups.

Virtual Reality (2)

The papers in this category look at the application of Virtual Reality systems to the improvement of the quality of life. Papers focus on usability, accessibility, authentic tasking, and social inclusion.

Informal Money Transfers - Issues of Laundering, Compliance and Governance (4)

Papers listed in this grouping consider the mobility of money and its impact on issues such as money Laundering, Terrorism Financing, Regulatory Compliance, and Governance. They form comparisons between state controlled financial systems and informal systems.

New Modes of E-Based Governance (5)

This grouping considers new modes of governance, and the way in which rules, regulatory governance, and decision-making are influenced by online interactions, social discussions, and non-state actors.

Cyber Security for Older Citizens (9)

This category looks at the online security of older people. It makes comparisons in terms of cyber security, access, physiology, acceptance, and technology rejection issues.