7th Forum on the Social Implications of National Security
Key Stakeholder Symposium - Toronto, Ontario CANADA
30th June 2013

Press release available here

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs or UASs) popularly known as drones are having a substantial presence in our skies and featuring in media around the world. Legislation restricting or banning the use of these technologies in various airspaces is having a direct impact on the policing, commercial, community engagement and educational potential of these technologies.

A direct correlation between augmented reality and lifelogging data repositories with UAVs / UASs bring this technology even further into contention with privacy, security and identity management authorities and advocates. The explosion of inter-related applications and diffusion of these technologies in an everyday, publicly accessible and smartworld context, calls for a Symposium that brings interdisciplinary, cross-sector, interagency and multinational perspectives together in a forum addressing the immediate issues and challenges of working in this space.

This Symposium will bring together key stakeholders on the 30th June 2013 in Toronto, Ontario Canada in a face-to-face forum / debate, with key speakers and representative figures from the (but not limited to) military, national security, medical, law enforcement, privacy, journalism, suppliers, academic and business leaders.


Draft program available now here


Ryerson University, Canada - Ted Rogers School of Management (TRSM): 575 Bay Street (entrance at 55 Dundas St. West) Toronto, Ontario, M5G 2C5

Please navigate to TRS 3-176 (9th floor).

Reception at Cara Commons (7th floor)



Limit of 100 attendees -



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Hospitality Patron






Associate Professor Katina Michael

University of Wollongong, NSW Australia
IEEE Technology & Society Magazine
Editor-in-Chief (2012 - 2013)
Senior member IEEE

Dr Katina Michael (MIEEE’04, SMIEEE’06) holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) from the Faculty of Informatics at the University of Wollongong, NSW, Australia (’03); a Master of Transnational Crime Prevention from the Faculty of Law at the University of Wollongong (’09) and a Bachelor of Information Technology from the School of Mathematical and Computing Science, NSW, Australia at the University of Technology, Sydney (’96).

She is presently an Associate Professor at the University of Wollongong in the School of Information Systems and Technology (’02-‘11) in Australia, and has previously been employed as a Senior Network Engineer at Nortel Networks (’96-‘01).

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Alexander Hayes

PhD Candidate, University of Wollongong
Faculty of Informatics, School of Information Systems & Technology
Co-founder - Drones For Good

Author of Cyborg Cops, Googlers & Connectivism (2012) and co-author of Uberveillance.com

Alexander is currently employed at the Australian National University as a Projects Officer, Training & Communications within the Australian National Data Services (ANDS) with extensive experience as an ICT professional working across the private, public & community service sectors within metropolitan, rural and remote Australian communities.

Alexander is also completing a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) candidate at the University of Wollongong, Australia within the Faculty of Informatics, School of Information Systems & Technology. This research study is focused on the implications of the use of emergent body worn video technologies in an educational context and examines the impacts that these technologies are having upon society, citing user case studies and an extensive series of interviews with lead innovators in this rich field of interdisciplinary endeavor.

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Matthew Schroyer

Founder, Professional Society of Drone Journalists (PSDJ)
Co-founder, Drones For Good

Schroyer has a Master's in journalism from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, where he taught journalism and mapped crime and pollution as part of data journalism investigations. He was a contributor to CampusCrime.net, an interactive web site using computer assisted reporting practices to report on crime at UIUC, which won an Mark of Excellence award from the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).

Presently, he writes and conducts research for the National Science Foundation grant EnLiST, which offers entrepreneurial leadership training and professional development for K-12 STEM teachers. At EnLiST he studies how teaching and learning networks that bridge classrooms, schools, and districts can be used to effect positive changes. At the grant, he also develops the “Drones for Schools” program, and teaches students to design, fabricate and program unmanned aerial systems to monitor the environment.

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Susannah Sabine

Board Member - Drones For Good

Susannah is currently working at the Australian National Data Services (ANDS) located at the Australian National University, Canberra Australia as a Research Analyst.

Susannah has a Masters of Social Research, specialising in Social Science of the Internet, examining information gathered in quantitative (eg surveys) and qualitative (e.g. interviews or focus groups, grounded theory, etc) turned into information that can be used to make policy or business decisions. This study also addressed the role the internet plays in society, research on the internet as well as the internet's influence on people.

Previous experience includes Telescope Operator for the 50" telescope at Australian National University involved in a multi disciplinary and multi university team of cutting edge research scientists working on the detection of Dark Matter including the MACHO ( MAssive Compact Halo Objects) team.

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Rob Manson

Managing Director, MOBLabs

Rob Manson is CEO & co-founder of buildAR.com, the world's leading Augmented Reality Content Management System.  

Rob is an Invited Expert with the W3C and Chair of their Augmented Web Community Group.  He is also one of the co-founders of ARStandards.org and an active evangelist within the global AR & standards communities.  

Rob is regularly invited to speak on the topics of AR, continuous & blended user experiences, multi-device & mobile platforms and the future of the web.

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Jai Galliott

Jai is currently completing his Ph.D. in Philosophy at Macquarie University, Australia. His work focuses primarily on the ethical issues associated with military robotics and has recently been published in the Journal of Military Ethics and IEEE Technology & Society Magazine.

He has also written a chapter on robot ethics for Open Court’s Philosophy and The Good Wife. Galliott served briefly as an officer of the Royal Australian Navy prior to commencing his studies and is an associate of the Consortium on Emerging Technologies, Military Operations, and National Security (CETMONS), the Consortium for Robotics and Unmanned Systems Education and Research (CRUSER) and is a member of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies (IEET) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

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