2016 Biography

My name is Alexander Malkay Hayes.

My Nyikina name is Malkay (pronounced mal-guy). I have a close relationship with the Nyikina people and country of the Kimberley region of Western Australia.

My work over two decades with Aboriginal communities across Australia is focussed on building culturally appropriate information systems, data management services and mobile enabled access to support and meet the needs and aspirations of community. 

My experience in Australia has enabled me in projects around the world in industry, government, not-for-profit, arts, education, justice and welfare sectors.

I was born on Tharawal country (Dharawal) at Caringbah, Sydney Australia and lived as a child in Bexley, Sydney then in a suburb called Kirrawee which derives from a Dharawal word, "gi(a)rrawee(i)" (alternative spelling "garrawi"), which means 'place of white cockatoos' or 'sulphur-crested cockatoos'.

I identify publicly as being an artist (professional) and as an author (varied publications) as well as an academic (PhD) and most importantly as an actionist (NOT an activist, rather a person of action).

I have been far from a perfect Father and certainly the tortured soul that others loved to despise. I am proud when my own children send me messages that read:

"...I find it hard sometimes because i feel like i am very different to xxxx and xxxxxx and even the xxxxxxx, sometimes even you. I guess we are all alone and individual for a reason living separately. I really respect you for treating me like an individual, not just a sporn of your mum or a family. And i guess thats seen as unconventional by society, a father is "meant" to be someone who treats his kids as extensions of himself. Like a loose limb, but you never subjected me to that control or that discipline in a way. And sure you got a lot of backlash but sometimes i think a family can oppress our individuality, and i think being treated like my own whole being aside from any other force of discipline or containment is really important. Because i see xxxxx still treats xxxxx like a child, and i see what it does to cxxx. Children need to be nurtured but adults need to be respected as an individual and some children will only become an adult if you treat them as such."

You can read about my life story at http://www.alexanderhayes.com/publications/real-story

Phd. Scholar - University of Wollongong, Australia
Visiting Researcher - Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland
BA (Fine Art) (Honours) - Curtin University, Australia
BA (Education) - Edith Cowan University, Australia

Research Focus

  • Emerging technologies
  • Wearable Computing
  • Ethics, Cultural and Social Implications
  • Privacy, Security and the Law
  • Data Sciences and Data Management
  • Cultural Rights and Intellectual Property


  • Ethics
  • Culture
  • Community
  • Indigenous Studies
  • Wearable Technology
  • Implantable Technology
  • Educational Technology
  • Informatics
  • Robotics
  • Social Media


Alexander Malkay Hayes is a Phd scholar at the University of Wollongong, Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences (EIS), School of Information Systems & Technology (SISAT). Born in Sydney, Australia on Dharawal country he has a close relationship with the Nyikina people of the Kimberley region of Western Australi. He has also worked on numerous projects with the Martu people of the Great Sandy Desert in Western Australia and the Nyungar people in the South West region or Western Australia.

Hayes has had industry experience in information systems, data sciences and web development with industry, government, not-for-profit in the arts, education, justice and welfare sectors.

Hayes is a visiting Researcher at Aalto UniversityLeGroupMedia Lab, Finland and Professional Associate with the College of Adjuncts at the University of CanberraINSPIRE Centre. He researches the social implications of emergent technologies with a focus on ethics and data sovereignty. Associated research interests include social media, networked & mobile learning, unmanned aerial systems, policing, privacy, state-society relations and national security.

His research is contributing to how academics and practitioners alike think critically about innovations such as Google Glass and related wearable technologies. As a web developer at the University of Wollongong he supports the Transnational Communication Community of Practice (TCCOP) and lectures in Social Informatics and the Workplace (ISIT203).


UOW Blog - Author
Transnational Communication COP - Web Developer / Service Design
University of Canberra, INSPIRE Centre - Professional Associate
IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology - Administrator
IEEE ISTAS13 Conference Site - Administrator
Technology & Society - Author / Administrator
Uberveillance - Author / Administrator

Curriculum Vitae

You can access my CV as a [ Google Document ]