The 2008 Workshop on the Social Implications of National Security: Australia
and the New Technologies- Evidence Based Policy in Public Administration
was organised by the Research Network for a Secure Australia (RNSA) funded
by the Australian Research Council. The Workshop is a biennial event bringing
together both researchers and practitioners in the fields relating to the national
research priority entitled Safeguarding Australia. In 2008, the workshop was
held on the 23rd-24th July, at Hotel Realm in Canberra between 9.15 am and
The Workshop was organised by RNSA members from the IP Location-Based
Services Research Program (Faculty of Informatics) from the University of
Wollongong, jointly with the University of Melbourne and the Australian
Homeland Security Research Centre.
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
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.