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Professional Ethics Committee

Terms of Reference    
  • Dr Kirsten Wahlstrom


    Kirsten Wahlstrom is a teaching and research academic at the University of South Australia. Her research focuses on the social effects of emerging technologies and she has been involved in two successful grant applications. The first funded research into personalisation and search; the second aims to identify false discourse online. She applies a critical theoretic method to investigate whether emerging technologies disrupt privacy. Kirsten holds five awards for outstanding teaching practice, among them a national award for providing experiential learning to transnational teams of students. Her teaching ethos blends constructivist, humanistic, and experiential pedagogies to initiate and support meaningful transformation. Students are invited to undertake purposive active learning tasks and critical reflections; these intellectual activities support the completion of cognitively demanding, multifaceted assessment tasks. Kirsten’s teaching practice is also characterised by collaboration and her professional network plays an important role, with representatives from industry providing talks, projects, one to one coaching of students, placements, and more. Kirsten’s commitment and motivation emerge from her respect for others, inclusivity, intellectual practice, and social responsibility. Kirsten is currently enrolled in a doctoral programme with the Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility at DeMontfort University, in Leicester in the UK. The doctoral project identifies and studies privacy disruptions arising from emerging technology; it's theoretical framework is part Theory of Communicative Action and part privacy in context; it's definition of privacy acknowledges the natural fact of privacy while anchoring research design and analysis in privacy as a social construct. Thus far, the project has produced three papers.

  • Mrs Rosemary Cooper

    Vice Chair

    I have done studies in stakeholder theory which has a high component of ethics I am particularly interested in the ethical use of data, privacy and data governance - which is my current role at Sonic Healthcare- the 3rd largest healthcare company in the world. We have also undertaken a lot of work in AI in the health sector and can see that ethics will be a necessary part of ensuring that these technologies are used responsibly. I feel that with my depth of knowledge and passion for this topic, I could make a valuable contribution to the committee.

  • Professor Alex Reid


    Alex Reid has had over 55 years’ experience in the ITindustry, over 50 in Higher Education, where most recently he was IT Director at the University of WA, and previously IT Director at Oxford University, UK. Until recently, he consulted as an Advisor on a part-time basis to AARNet, Australia’s National Research & Education Network, regarding its eResearch program, and also undertakes a small amount of other consultancy work, especially in eInfrastructure policy and strategy and eLearning.He maintains active liaison with colleagues in UK and Europe, where he visits each year.He has undertaken consultancy for universities in Australia, UK, Hong Kong, Kuwait and Qatar, as well as for UNESCO regarding the establishment of NRENs in Syria, Lebanon and Palestine, and for OECD on student ownership of computers.He remains an Honorary Professorial Fellow at the University of Western Australia, where he still undertakes some teaching on Ethics in the School of Computer Science & Software Engineering.Alex is a founding member and Fellow of the Australian Computer Societyand a member of the US Association for Computing Machinery;he is a former Fellow of the British Computer Society, the Australian Institute of Management and Wolfson College, Oxford.

  • Dr Anisha Fernando


    Dr Anisha Fernando is Discipline Lead - Tertiary Studies (Diploma of IT) at the South Australian Institute of Business and Technology (SAIBT, in partnership with the University of South Australia and Navitas). She works collaboratively with the SAIBT academic team in curriculum development and management of student outcomes and experience, in addition to lecturing and course coordinating responsibilities. She also lectures at Eynesbury College. As an educator, she enjoys teaching students with diverse learning needs and strives to create meaningful learning opportunities, to empower students in their learning journey. Anisha’s research focuses on the societal effects of technology on people's quality of life and the use of disruptive technologies to catalyse innovations for social good, specifically in the areas of information privacy, data ethics, innovation and technology design. She was a research assistant for the Regional Innovation Systems in Northern Adelaide Project, in collaboration with the City of Salisbury. She is passionate about communicating data ethics research to the general public. To this end, she recently collaborated, co-wrote and performed a science communication piece titled, ‘The Private Lives of Data’ for South Australia's National Science Week 2018, after winning a Perform Your Science Grant from the Inspiring South Australia program.

  • Dr Georg Thomas

    MACS Snr CP (Cyber Security)

    Georg is an information security, cyber risk, and technology expert with extensive experience protecting organisation across the globe from cyber threats. He has worked with organisations of all sizes from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies to identify areas of cyber risk and mitigate those risks through pragmatic program development, control implementations and ongoing operation; including audit. Georg has degrees in information technology, technology management, and research, and has worked with organisations in several industries including; legal, financial services, non-profit, media, education, and government. He is currently the National Information Security & Risk Manager at Corrs Chambers Westgarth in Melbourne and prior to returning to Australia was at leading advisory firm Grant Thornton as an Experienced Manager (Business Risk Services) and Director, Information Security Management at Kraft Kennedy Inc. while based in New York City. Georg has also served as a Board Director on the ISACA New York Metropolitan Chapter Board and is a three-time Microsoft MVP award recipient. He is a senior member of the ACS and holds a number of certifications including ACS CP(Cyber Security), C|CISO, CDPSE, CISSP, CISM, C|EH, ISO27001 Lead Implementer, MCSE(Security), MCSA, and MCTS. In addition to his work protecting organisations, Georg also teaches Master of Cyber Security students at Charles Sturt University and IT Masters on Cyber Warfare and Terrorism, and volunteers with non-profit organisations EX-MED Cancer and Bicycles for Humanity (Melbourne).

  • Professor Oliver Burmeister


    Oliver Burmeister is a professor in information technology at Charles Sturt University (CSU). His research is focused on ethics and on the social impact of technology. One way he achieves this is through his contributions to the field of value sensitive design, a design approach which puts ethics into practice. Another way is through his efforts to improve professional practice. Until Oct 2020 he is a Senior Research Fellow, co-leading the CSU “Flourishing Communities” research sphere; one of the three research spheres in the CSU strategic plan. 30% of the fellowship is for leadership in that sphere, and the other 70% is devoted to pursuing his research.

  • Mr Philip Argy


    Philip is an experienced commercial mediator and arbitrator specialising in intellectual property, science, technology, consumer, franchising and competition issues. He has been a computer buff for nearly 50 years and is an experienced programmer. Philip is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Past President (and Honorary Life Member) of the Australian Computer Society and he speaks extensively on subjects such as alternative dispute resolution, professionalism, risk management, electronic evidence and record retention. Philip has appeared as an expert witness before Parliamentary hearings in relation to On-line Content Regulation, Cybercrime and Spam. He also chairs the Ethics and Standards subcommittee of the Australian Council of Professions.

  • Mr Royce Michael Lee

    MACS Snr

    Royce Michael Lee is Director Digital Product & Service Delivery at the NSW Department of Customer Service, and has previously held executive technology positions at UNSW, Qantas, and GrainCorp. He is the Vice President of peak cycling organisation Bicycle NSW, and is on the Professional Ethics Committee of the Australian Computer Society. Royce completed a master's degree in business and technology at the Australian Graduate School of Management, and holds certifications in Enterprise Architecture, IT governance, and IT service management. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Managers and Leaders, a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Senior Member and Certified Professional of the Australian Computer Society, and a Justice of the Peace in the state of NSW.

  • Ms Hannah Kuhar


    As a young tech professional, actively engaged with peers across a variety of subject areas and networks, I have the ability to provide ACS with a fresh perspective and reach within the ICT community. A former Commbank Tech Grad, and a current freelance strategy analyst with organisations such as LSV, Seven Network and SEN, I have a broad knowledge of ICT practises across a variety of environments. Irrespective of the organisation, my ability to deliver outcomes to a high standard is consistent, and I look forward to bringing the same attitude and fervour to my work with ACS should I be appointed. I am recognised as a strong and influential leader across industries. With a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the University of Melbourne, alongside 7+ years of national debating experience, my verbal and written communication skills are regularly sought after by the ABC, Foxtel and Cluch TV.