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Technology, regulation and society

Responsive regulation

Our researchers are investigating the social, legal and regulatory disruptions created by technological advances and creating new governance frameworks for ongoing future innovation.

We're addressing the need for flexible regulatory frameworks that are responsive to new technologies and developments. We're building innovative solutions where regulation is designed into the product's development.

Research interests include:

  • automated transport systems
  • 3D printing
  • automated systems in health
  • assisted reproductive technologies
  • emerging online social platforms
  • digital business
  • genomic medicine.

Privacy and security

Our research examines the privacy implications of new technology and extends legal analysis to social, individual and information security.

Research interests include:

  • legal challenges associated with privacy, posed by technological advances like drones, robots and autonomous vehicles
  • policing in an information society
  • cloud computing
  • global information flows
  • data protection frameworks.

Impact, access and equity

Technology has the potential to have a transformative impact on society, and issues of access and equity underpin much of our research in this field.

Our researchers are interested in:

  • new opportunities for access and equity created by new technology
  • new forms of personal, social and political expression
  • legal and regulatory aspects of transformative technologies
  • social and ethical dimensions of technological change
  • regulatory aspects in the development of green technology
  • innovation in health care
  • interface between development of new technology and global justice
  • regulatory responses to harm and victimisation.

Media releases

18 Apr 2018

Gender ‘pay gap’: personality affects income

Being high in ‘neuroticism’ and low in ‘conscientiousness’ can come at a cost in terms of income a new study has found. These effects were particularly strong for women, who benefited more than men for being conscientious but were penalised more than men for being neurotic. 

18 Apr 2018

Cybercrime, extradition and autism

This new area of cyber law is the subject of a discussion at the Internet Freedom Hack this weekend (April 20 to 22) in Brisbane.