The National Security Podcast

Data, cyber, and the social contract

Episode Summary

Is the growing collection and aggregation of data likely to empower the individual and strengthen democracy or benefit manipulative corporations and encourage authoritarian governance? How should society frame the problem of privacy and information control and where does regulation give way to personal responsibility? In this episode Katherine Mansted talks data, cyber, democracy, and the social contract with Dr Lesley Seebeck, CEO of the ANU Cyber Institute.

Episode Notes

On this episode of the National Security Podcast, co-host Katherine Mansted talks data, cyber, democracy, and the social contract with Dr Lesley Seebeck, CEO of the Australian National University's (ANU) Cyber Institute. Is the growing collection and aggregation of data likely to empower the individual and strengthen democracy? Or is it more likely to benefit manipulative corporations and encourage authoritarian governance? How should society frame the problem of privacy and information control, and where does regulation give way to personal responsibility?

Lesley Seebeck is CEO of the Cyber Institute, Australian National University (ANU), on 30 July 2018. Lesley has extensive experience in strategy, policy, management, budget, information technology and research roles in the Australian Public Service, industry and academia.

Katherine Mansted joined the National Security College as a Senior Researcher in 2018. Katherine’s professional background includes work in both law and government. She has been a commercial solicitor with King & Wood Mallesons, a ministerial adviser to the federal government, and served as an Associate in the High Court of Australia.

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