Power & Surveillance

Photo: Alexander Hayes

Photo: Alexander Hayes

On the 5th July 2019 I presented at SAE Institute in Perth, Western Australia. The topic was power and surveillance and as a visiting researcher I was invited to speak of the findings of my PhD research investigation.


I have been invited to connect with participants in the 'Electronic Village Online' (EVO) upcoming events sometime in February 2018 [ change the date here and link to the online event ]

As a presenter I am going to explore the notion of how Minecraft is affecting our method of loci, reshaping (eroding?) our memory palace skills and with the onset and convergence of mixed reality wearable technology in this space how it may be contributing to the shift in humanity as we know it, especially in younger children who are heavily involved in that space (not place).

The following is how I plan to deliver my presentation and connect with that community of adults online as far afield as Dubai and Canada with me located in Australia.

  • Introduction - formal titles, past experience, current projects, links

  • Caveat - technological skeptic / techno-optimist statement

  • Concepts - realities - augmented / virtual / augmendiated / mixed

  • Technologies - MagicLeap, Hololens, Occulus Rift et al.

  • Notions - Place, country, memory, time (relative)

  • Frameworks - method of loci, memory palace, Kalara, dadirri, socio-ethical

  • Hypothesis - Factions (Minecraft) as neural brain wash, placeless corporations

  • Discussion - power, control, privacy, politics, policing and perception

  • Context - based on links provided

  • Questions - open discussion

Presentation Title

Minecraft: My Experience and Your Dilemma


As active agents of sociological change children now challenge the researcher stereotype amidst a battleground of virtual, augmented and mixed reality wearable computing. Fractals once closer to philosophical ramblings of the mathematical in the field of chaos theory are now an educative and neurological rearrangement as STEAM gets creative in Minecraft. A dilemma has emerged as participatory netnography reveals the longer term socio-ethical effects of corporations punching through our privacy firewalls, programming our minds and harvesting our creativity. 


Recommended Reading / Viewing

Innovation 14

On July 10, 2014 I co-presented at the Department of Education, Australian Government Canberra ACT Australia ‘Innovation 14’ event (Thomas 2014) with an audience of 80 face-to-face public servant employees and 11,770 active participants online via desktop web conferencing.

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EyeQ Skillstech Conference

I attended and presented at the 'EyeQ Skillstech' Conference at the Brisbane Convention Centre on the 25th and 25th October, 2013. I presented as a representative of Augmate Corporation who I was 'working' with at that time.

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The Revolution will be Humanized

On May 27, 2013 I met with the 'Webheads' group run by Vance Stevens and Jeff Lebow which is an online community of practice initiative spanning many years. Using the live studio facilities Jeff Lebow hosted an online web conference bringing together a number of guests including professor Steve Man from Toronto, Canada with conversation topics such as Google Glass, the MIT Wearable Computing group, the impacts of body worn video on society, the wider implications of ubiquitous technologies including cameras installed in everything.

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ANU HCC Presentation

On the 9th April 2013 I was invited to present at the Australian National University Engineering and Computer Science event as part of the ‘HCC & Friends series’ on the main Canberra ANU Campus, ACT Australia. Another opportunity to inform the research inquiry arose with approach to Roger Clarke, Visiting Professor at the Australian National University (ANU) and President of the Australian Privacy Foundation (APF) who agreed to also join as a participant in the research project.

The title of my presentation was called ‘Veillance: Techno-social Transparency’ and the focus of the presentation and workshop was surrounding the perceptions of Google Glass impact on society, privacy and alternative technologies they believed would have a greater impact on society.

“… Lifelogging, body-worn-video and augmented / augmediated technologies will substantially shift the way in which we interact with the world and in the short term how we interact with each other. Google Glass, Memoto, Autographer, Sensecam.”

Access the ANU website entry [ HTML ]

The Sixth Workshop on the Social Implications of National Security

On the 22nd February 2012 I presented at 'The Sixth Workshop on the Social Implications of National Security: Sousveillance and the Social Implications of Point of View Technologies in the Law Enforcement Sector' ITAMS, Centre for Transnational Crime Prevention (CCTP), The University of Sydney, Sydney Australia.

Access the presentation in Figshare [ HTML ]

Download the presentation [ PDF ]

Download the event program booklet that was put together by my Eldest Daughter [ PDF ]


On December 7-8, 2009 I attended and presented as a representative of EDUPOV Pty Ltd at the eLearning09 event TAFE NSW and hosted by the Australian Flexible learning Framework (AFLF) in Sydney, Australia.

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Photo: Alexander Hayes

Photo: Alexander Hayes

In 2009 the researcher attended ‘ArtStart’ (Hayes 2017a) at the Australian Technology Park  (ATP) in Redfern, NSW Sydney Australia, presenting a case for how web 2.0 technologies and the rhetoric of the open web had paved the way for human engagement with social media.

“… The researcher recounted the many ways in which mobile technologies have influenced human behaviour and provided examples of how wearable computing would likely revolutionise certain occupations such as policing.”

Access the ArtStart presentation [ Figshare ]