Engineering and technology sciences
Watching me, watching you: worker surveillance in the UK after the pandemic
Worker surveillance is as old as work itself, but new technology is making it easier and cheaper than ever. In this report, the authors make policy recommendations that would help redress the balance of power between workers and employers.
Charging our future: a draft long-term electric vehicle charging strategy for Aotearoa New Zealand
This draft strategy document outlines the New Zealand Government’s long-term strategic vision for Aotearoa’s national electric vehicle charging infrastructure system and the support networks needed to share best-practice between local authorities, industry and central government to ensure guidance and regulations.
Advancing child sexual abuse investigations using biometrics and social network analysis
Stephen Patterson, David Bright, Arun Ross, Katie Logos, Dana Michalski
This paper demonstrates how biometric features can be extracted from people in child sexual abuse material (CSAM) and examines using social network analysis to reveal important patterns across seized media files.
Productivity impacts from improved broadband: firm-level analysis
This research shows that firms that switch from DSL to fibre/cable-based broadband experience increased productivity growth. Growth is highest in the year immediately following adoption of high-speed broadband.
Rethinking Canada’s competition policy in a digital economy
In January 2023, international and Canadian experts attended a virtual workshop to explore implications of digital data for markets and rethink the policy frameworks underlying those markets. This report presents the key takeaways from their discussion.
In whose interest? Why businesses need to keep consumers safe and treat their data with care
Australia’s privacy laws rely on notification and consent as the primary means of protecting consumers. The onus is on consumers to navigate complex privacy protections in a continuously complex digital economy. The author of this paper argues that it's time to consider reforms that hold...
Advanced manufacturing industry transformation plan
This document provides an overview of New Zealand’s advanced manufacturing sector and outlines an action plan to accelerate its growth and transformation.
Linking scholarly articles to SDGs: an automated approach
Shana Chong, Marc Arul Weissmann, Markson Wee Chien Chin, Weng Marc Lim, Tania Sabatino
This paper proposes methodological approaches to automatically categorise journal articles into one or more Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The authors collaborate with Swinburne University of Technology researchers to collect a set of sustainable development articles with topics covering all SDGs.
Digital platform services inquiry – September 2023 Report on the expanding ecosystems of digital platform service providers: issues paper
This issues paper poses questions and seeks submissions from consumers, businesses and interested stakeholders about the investment decisions made by digital platforms, the interconnectedness of expanded products and services within each ecosystem, and the potential impacts on competition and consumers.
Emerging privacy-enhancing technologies: current regulatory and policy approaches
This report examines privacy-enhancing technologies (PETs), which are digital solutions that allow information to be collected, processed, analysed and shared while protecting data confidentiality and privacy. The report reviews recent technological advancements and evaluates the effectiveness of different types of PETs, as well as the...
ICT and older adults in the City of Whittlesea
This report addresses three topics of interest to the City of Whittlesea for the development of support programs for older adults - aspirations of older adults to adopt technology, barriers preventing older adults from taking up technology, and strategies to support older adults.
Building trust in AI: a landscape analysis of government AI programs
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD’s) website on artificial intelligence (AI) policy (the OECD.AI Policy Observatory) is the world’s best source for information on public policies dedicated to AI, trustworthy AI and international efforts to advance cooperation in AI. The author’s review of...
Reporting of dating app facilitated sexual violence to the police: victim-survivor experiences and outcomes
This study examines experiences of victim-survivors who reported in-person to the police about online sexual harassment and violence perpetrated by someone they met on an online dating platform.
ASPI’s Critical Technology Tracker: the global race for future power
The authors of this report argue that Western democracies are losing the global technological competition, including the race for scientific and research breakthroughs, and the ability to retain global talent—crucial ingredients that underpin the development and control of the world’s most important technologies.
A blueprint for building national compute capacity for artificial intelligence
Artificial intelligence (AI) is transforming economies and promising new opportunities for productivity, growth and resilience. This report provides the first blueprint for policy-makers to help assess and plan for the national AI compute capacity needed to enable productivity gains and capture AI’s full economic potential.
2023-2030 Australian Cyber Security Strategy: discussion paper
This discussion paper has been released to seek public and industry feedback to enhance the development of the Australian government's 2023-2030 Australian Cyber Security Strategy.
Smart TVs and local content prominence
To support policy development, this report presents detailed evidence about local content prominence on smart TVs. This research has been conducted as part of an Australian Research Council project, and is independent of any industry funding.
The lobbying ghost in the machine
This report identifies the lobby attempts of large United States tech corporations to influence the European Union’s regulation of artificial intelligence. It finds that 'big tech' has pushed all its levers to water down the regulation.
Technology and Inequality Roundtable Series: summary of discussions
In November 2022, the British Academy convened three roundtable events, as part of its project on Technology and Inequality for the UK Government Office for Science. This document summarises the key insights that emerged during these three roundtable events.
Trust in artificial intelligence: a global study
Ali Akbari, James Mabbott, Rita Fentener van Vlissingen, Jessica Wyndham, Richard Boele
This research examines the public’s trust and attitudes towards artificial intelligence (AI) use across 17 countries. The study asked about who is trusted to develop, use and govern AI, the perceived benefits and risks of AI use, community expectations of the development, regulation and governance...
Digital energy futures: future living energy scenarios 2030/2050
This report explores how diverse households will live and use energy over the coming decades, helping to guide the energy industry to meet the needs and expectations of Australians into the future.
From the top: learning from ACMI’s CEO Digital Mentoring Program 2021-22
ACMI’s CEO Digital Mentoring Program partners senior leaders of arts and cultural organisations with sector-recognised technology experts to develop their digital mindsets. Drawing on findings from the qualitative and quantitative research evaluation conducted alongside the program, this report evidences program need, outcomes and challenges.
Changing nature of patents in Australia
The digital revolution and continued globalisation have caused a paradigm shift in every aspect of the economy, including the innovation environment. The author of this paper argues that these shifts could have implications not only for the future of innovation in Australia, but also for...
Cyber Security NSW: governance, roles, and responsibilities
This audit assesses the effectiveness of Cyber Security NSW's arrangements in contributing to the NSW Government's commitments under the NSW Cyber Security Strategy, in particular, increasing the NSW Government's cyber resiliency.
Effects of digitalization on the human centricity of social security administration and services
The author of this working paper argues that there is no substitute for sound, evidence-based policy development to support a human-centric approach to social policy and government to service delivery. To enhance the benefits from AI while minimising the adverse risks, social security administration needs...