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About M. G. Michael

Dr M.G. Michael PhD (ACU), MA(Hons) (MacqUni), MTheol (SydUni), BTheol (SCD), BA (SydUni), DipProfCouns (AIPC) is a theologian and historian with cross-disciplinary qualifications in the humanities. Michael brings with him a unique perspective to Information Technology and Computer Science. His formal studies include Ancient History, Theology, General Philosophy, Political Sociology, Ethics, Linguistics, and Government. Presently he is an Honorary Senior Fellow in the School of Information Systems and Technology, at the University of Wollongong, Australia. He was previously the coordinator of Information & Communication Security Issues and since 2005 has guest-lectured and tutored in Location-Based Services, IT & Citizen Rights, Principles of eBusiness, and IT & Innovation. The focus of his current research extends to modern hermeneutics and the Apocalypse of John; the historical antecedents of modern cryptography; the auto-ID trajectory; data protection, privacy and ethics related issues; biometrics, RFID and chip implants; national security and government policy; dataveillance and überveillance; and more broadly the system dynamics between technology and society. Michael is a member of the Research Network for a Secure Australia (RNSA), and the American Academy of Religion (AAR). He has been the recipient of a number of scholarships and awards. Since 2006, Michael has presented papers at numerous IEEE conferences including the International Conference on Mobile Business, the International Conference on Mobile Computing and Ubiquitous Networking, RFID Eurasia, the International Conference on Management of Innovation and Technology, and Cultural Attitudes Towards Technology and Communication. In 2000 he was invited to present a paper “Revelation 20:4-5 Chiliasm in the Early Ecclesiastical Writers”, at the Millennium Conference on the Sea of Galilee and the City of Jerusalem (Israel). More recently he was invited to deliver a paper at the 29th International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners (ubiquitous computing track) in Canada. He has guest edited the December 2006 volume of Prometheus on the theme of the “Social Implications of National Security”, and co-edited the proceedings of the First Workshop on the Social Implications of National Security on Citizens and Business, and also the proceedings of the Second Workshop on the Social Implications of National Security: From Dataveillance to Überveillance and the Realpolitik of the Transparent Society. His publications include papers for Quadrant, Prometheus, the IEEE Symposium on Technology and Society, and the Bulletin of Biblical Studies. Alongside Dr Katina Michael, his wife and colleague, he is credited for having introduced the concepts of ‘überveillance’ and ‘electrophorus’ into the privacy and bioethics literature.

Positions

Present Honorary Associate Professor, School of Information Systems and Technology, University of Wollongong
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Journal Papers (including editorials) (20)

Books (including edited volumes) (5)