Dr Suelette Dreyfus

Research interests

  • Computer Security and Hacking; Digital Privacy and Anonymity
  • Digital whistleblowing
  • Health Informatics
  • Social Media - Language Education Tools


Dr Suelette Dreyfus is a Lecturer in the School of Computing and Information Systems at The University of Melbourne. She did her Bachelor's Degree at Columbia University (Barnard College) in New York and her Ph.D. at Monash University. She is a frequent public commentator in the media on IT-related topics. Her main research areas are in: Cyber Security and Hacking Digital Privacy and Anonymity The impact of technology on integrity systems (whistleblowing) Social Media as a Tool for Language Learning in Schools She wrote the first mainstream book about computer hacking in Australia, which was subsequently made into two different films and translated into seven other languages. Rolling Stone Magazine described the work as ‘entirely original’, and the book has become a cult classic. For her research work on the impact of digital technologies on whistleblowing, she has been invited to appear before several parliamentary committees at a state and federal level in Australia. She has co-authored a number of international reports and papers in this area. She works with civil society not-for-profit NGOs internationally which seek to improve the whistleblower protection structures in their society, both in law and via use of technology. She has integrated these two research areas by co-developing an experimental program to teach journalists how to protect their whistleblower sources by improving data security and anonymity. Her e-education research work is in the use of social media for education. She initiated an innovative cross disciplinary project using social media to teach Chinese to Australian primary school children in Australia, and English to Chinese students in China. Prior to earning her PhD and entering academia, she trained and worked as a staff journalist on a major daily newspaper in Australia. Suelette is particularly enthusiastic about encouraging and supporting women in IT.

Recent publications

  1. Kesiilwe, AB.; Lederman, R.; Dreyfus, S.; Kurnia, S.; Knott, J. The Impact of Information Systems Use on Work Tasks and Work Practices in an Emergency Department.. Studies in Health Technology and Informatics. IOS Press. 2019, Vol. 266, pp. 108-114. DOI: 10.3233/SHTI190781
  2. Lederman, R.; Kesiilwe, AB.; Dreyfus, S.; Knott, J. A time motion study evaluating the impact of information technology on emergency department consultants activities. 26th European Conference on Information Systems: Beyond Digitization - Facets of Socio-Technical Change, ECIS 2018. Association for Information Systems. 2018.
  3. Kesiilwe, AB.; Lederman, R.; Dreyfus, S.; Knott, J. The impact of information systems on work structure and culture in an emergency department. ACIS 2018 - 29th Australasian Conference on Information Systems. UTS. 2018.
  4. Lederman, R.; Smith, S.; Dreyfus, S.; Alzougool, B. Tailoring patient information to encourage patient engagement. International Journal of Networking and Virtual Organisations. Inderscience Publishers. 2016, Vol. 16, Issue 2, pp. 191-203. DOI: 10.1504/IJNVO.2016.076487
  5. Slaughter, Y.; Hajek, J.; Smith, W.; Chang, S.; Dreyfus, S. Languages Education through Virtual conferencing: How to set up or participate in languages programs using virtual conferencing - A Manual for principals and teachers. . Department of Education and Train. 2015, pp. 1-34.
  6. Lederman, R.; Kurnia, S.; Peng, F.; Dreyfus, S. Tick a box, any box: a case study on the unintended consequences of system misuse in a hospital emergency department. Journal of Information Technology Teaching Cases. Palgrave Macmillan: 18 month embargo. 2015, Vol. 5, Issue 2, pp. 74-83. DOI: 10.1057/jittc.2015.13
  7. Bosua, R.; Milton, S.; Dreyfus, S.; Lederman, R. Going public: Researching external whistleblowing in a new media age. . EDWARD ELGAR PUBLISHING LTD. 2014, pp. 250-272. DOI: 10.4337/9781781006795.00019
  8. Lederman, RM.; Dreyfus, S. Managing Health Information Delivery Processes for Better Medical Decision Making. DSS 2.0 - Supporting Decision Making with New Technologies. IOS Press. 2014, Vol. 261, pp. 329-340. DOI: 10.3233/978-1-61499-399-5-329
  9. Miceli, MP.; Dreyfus, S.; Near, JP. Outsider 'whistleblowers': Conceptualizing and distinguishing 'bell-ringing' behavior. . EDWARD ELGAR PUBLISHING LTD. 2014, pp. 71-94. DOI: 10.4337/9781781006795.00010
  10. Brown, AJ.; Vandekerckhove, W.; Dreyfus, S. The relationship between transparency, whistleblowing, and public trust. . Edward Elgar Publishing. 2014, pp. 30-58. DOI: 10.4337/9781781007945.00008
  11. Lederman, R.; Dreyfus, S.; Matchan, J.; Knott, JC.; Milton, SK. Electronic error-reporting systems: A case study into the impact on nurse reporting of medical errors. Nursing Outlook. ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC. 2013, Vol. 61, Issue 6, pp. 417-426. DOI: 10.1016/j.outlook.2013.04.008
  12. Peng, F.; Kurnia, S.; Lederman, RM.; Dreyfus, S.; Knott, J. Exploring the Impact of Information System Introduction: The Case of an Australian Hospital Emergency Department. Proceedings of the Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences. IEEE Explore. 2013, Vol. 2013, pp. 2525-2534. DOI: 10.1109/HICSS.2013.223
  13. Dreyfus, S.; Lederman, RM.; Brown, AJ.; Milton, S.; Miceli, MP.; Bosua, R.; Clausen, A.; Schanzle, J. Human Sources: The Journalist and the Whistle-blower in the Digital Era. . Oxford University Press. 2013, pp. 48-61.
  14. Smith, SP.; Lederman, R.; Monagle, P.; Alzougool, B.; Naish, L.; Dreyfus, S. Individually tailored client-focused reports for ubiquitous devices: An experimental analysis. ACIS 2012 : Location, location, location : Proceedings of the 23rd Australasian Conference on Information Systems 2012. Australasian Conference on Information Systems ACIS. 2012, pp. 1-11.
  15. Peng, F.; Kurnia, S.; Lederman, R.; Dreyfus, S. Information systems and hospital work: A structuralist investigation. Proceedings of the 16TH PACIFIC ASIA CONFERENCE ON INFORMATION SYSTEMS. Association for Information Systems. 2012.
  16. Kee, R.; Knott, JC.; Dreyfus, S.; Lederman, R.; Milton, S.; Joe, K. One hundred tasks an hour: An observational study of emergency department consultant activities. Emergency Medicine Australasia. WILEY-BLACKWELL. 2012, Vol. 24, Issue 3, pp. 294-302. DOI: 10.1111/j.1742-6723.2012.01540.x
  17. Kee, R.; Knott, JC.; Dreyfus, S.; Lederman, R.; Milton, S.; Joe, K. One hundred tasks an hour: An observational study of emergency department consultant activities. Emergency Medicine Australasia. 2012, Vol. 24, Issue 3, pp. 294-302. DOI: 10.1111/j.1742-6723.2012.01540.x
  18. Dreyfus, S.; Lederman, RM.; Bosua, R.; Milton, S. Can we Handle the Truth? Whistleblowing to the Media in the Digital Era. Global Media Journal: Australian Edition. 2011, Vol. 5, Issue 1:2011, pp. 1-6.
  19. Dreyfus, S.; Lederman, R.; Smith, SP.; Monagleglegle, P. Customising pathology report design for patient use. eJournal of Health Informatics. 2011, Vol. 6, Issue 2.
  20. Peng, F.; Sharma, R.; Kurnia, S.; Lederman, R.; Dreyfus, S. Organisational culture and organisational impacts of information systems: A review of the empirical literature. Australasia Conference on Information System. Association for Information Systems. 2010.

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