This workshop addresses the application of evidence based policy in public administration. It specifically focuses on the issue of new technologies in the form of product and process innovations rolled out in Australia since major international events (e.g. Sept 11, Boxing Day Tsunami, Avian Flu outbreak). These product and process innovations introduced for the ‘common good’ are usually mandated by government agencies, designed and implemented by private business, and obligatorily adopted by citizens in the name of national security. The workshop investigates how information is gathered, processed and disseminated to provide evidence toward policy making. What qualitative and quantitative methods are used to make public administration decisions; how stakeholders are engaged and brought into the wider debate; how legislation is introduced and its effect; what ethical considerations are made prior to implementation of mass market information technologies; and the importance of maintaining the rights of citizens. The workshop brings together academics and practitioners from multiple disciplines including law, information technology, sociology, ethics, policy, medical, business, accounting and economics. The workshop included papers by Professor of Medicine Chris Del Mar (keynote), Associate Professor of Counter-Terrorism Nicholas O’Brien, Professor of Transport Systems Marcus Wigan, Executive Director of Cyberspace Law and Policy Centre David Vaile, Professor of Social Planning The Third Workshop on the Social Implications of National Security Rob Watts. Other professionals presenting included Professor Roger Clarke Principal of Xamax Consultancy, Mr Rob Nicholls and Ms Michelle Rowland with Gilbert + Tobin, Dr Lucy Resnyansky a research scientist with the Defence Science and Technology Office, Mr Mark Loves of the Centre for Transnational Crime Prevention, Mr Nigel Phair Principal of eSecurity Consulting, and Ms Suzanne Lockhart CEO of Biometric Consulting Group.
- Evidence Based Policy,
- National Security,
- Social Implications,
- Information and Communication Technologies
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/mgmichael/27/