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Mr Steven Clark 

Position: Tutor Mr Steven Clark
Division/Portfolio: Division of Information Technology, Engineering and the Environment
School/Unit: School of Information Technology and Mathematical Sciences
Campus: Mawson Lakes Campus

Position: SAIBT
Division/Portfolio: Non Division / Portfolio.
School/Unit: SA Institute of Business and Technology
Campus: City East Campus

Email: Steven_dot_Clark_at_unisa_dot_edu_dot_au
URL for Business Card: http://people.unisa.edu.au/Steven.Clark

I am a sessional academic in the School of Information Technology and Mathematical Sciences, at Mawson Lakes, and for and completing a PhD in Business and Management.

My research interests centre around regulating technology; especially the 'balancing' of legal, technological, and socio-technical issues. My PhD research examines the 'balancing' of privacy and security in identification systems.

I have worked in numerous roles across the information technology sector; including systems administrator, software developer, database administrator, desktop support, and cat herder (aka programming team leader).

I came to realise that I am far better at breaking things, and at figuring out how they broke, than fixing them. I also like to talk, and to write, and thus, perhaps, a natural academic.

I have also spent time as a medical microbiologist, morgue attendant, crowd controller, dishwasher, lawyer, private tutor, door-to-door salesman, barman, and so on.

I have completed a Science degree (Microbiology & Genetics) with Honours (Molecular Biology and Biochemistry) and an Law degree with Honours. I have also undertaken postgraduate studies in Computer Science, and in Law, and in Education (secondary school teaching).

I am member of several professional associations (see below).

Teaching interests

  • Problem Solving, Analysis, and Design
  • Information Systems, and Information Technologies
  • Regulating Technology; Law and Technology
  • Privacy, Security, Identification
  • Social Aspects of Technologies

I teach the following courses

INFT 1016Information Technology Fundamentals
INFT 3025ICT Project

Professional associations

Australian Computer Society (ACS), Member Grade (MACS) and Certified Professional (CP)

Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE):
Computer Society (CompSoc); Society on Social Implications of Technology (SSIT) (Australian Chapter); Communications Society (COMSOC); Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society (SMC)

Association for Computing Machinery (ACM):
Security, Audit, and Control (SIGSAC); Computers and Society (SIGCAS)

Association for Information Systems & Australasian Association for Information Systems

Law Society of South Australia (LSSA)

Internet Society (ISOC) & Internet Society of Australia (ISOC-AU)

Australasian Human Research Ethics Association (AHREA)


Member of the Australian Computer Society [MACS], 2007
Certified Professional [CP], 2010

Barrister and Solicitor in the Supreme Court of South Australia, Admitted 11 February 2002
Commissioner for Taking Affidavits in the Supreme Court of South Australia, 2002

Honours Degree of Bachelor of Laws and Legal Practice [LLB/LP(Hons)] Flinders, 2001

Honours Degree of Bachelor of Science [BSc(Hons)] Flinders, 1992
Ordinary Degree of Bachelor of Science [BSc] Flinders, 1991

Research interests

  • Regulating Technology
  • Technologies and Identification
  • Identity Management Systems;
  • Databases; Biometrics;
  • Location Technologies: including RFID, GPS, GIS
  • Privacy and Security
  • Design and Development of Information Systems
  • Law and Technology
  • Professional Ethics and Professional Practice
  • Teaching and Learning for Technology Literacy

Research publications

My SSRN Author page: http://ssrn.com/author=595512
My ResearcherID page: http://www.researcherid.com/rid/D-5225-2011

Clark, Steven R. 'Balancing Privacy and Security in the Australian ePassport System' (2011) Deakin Law Review (forthcoming 2011)
APS Draft on SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1808356

Clark, Steven R. 'Privacy and national identity cards: A legal and technical study', Australia and the New Technologies: Evidence Based Policy in Public Administration (The Third Workshop on the Social Implications of National Security), July 2008, 223.

Clark, S & Jenkins, A. 'Paired Programming in a Clayton’s Capstone Project Course' in Spencer, S & Jenkins A, Proceedings of the 17th Australasian Conference on Information Systems (Australasian Association for Information Systems, 2006)

Siegloff Clark, S. 'Prescribing Power and the Power to Prescribe: nurse practitioners in rural and remote Australia' [2000] AltLJ 6; (2000) 25(1) Alternative Law Journal 29.

Siegloff Clark, S. 'The Broadcasting Services and Online Services Act 1992 (Cth)' (1999) 3 Flinders Journal of Law Reform 299.

Expertise for Media Contact

I am able to provide media comment in the following areas of expertise:

Discipline: Law and Technology

  • Social Implications of Technology
  • Regulating Technology
  • Privacy
  • Identification Technology
  • Identification Systems
  • RFID (Radio Frequency ID)
  • NFC (Near Field Communications)
  • Hackers and Hacking

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