Dr Ian McShane

Ian McShane is the Deputy Director and Senior Research Fellow at RMIT University's Centre for Urban Research. His research focuses on informal and formal education systems (especially museums, libraries and schools), local infrastructure and community services, and digital technologies.

Ian is currently researching shared use community infrastructure and service co-ordination, the development of publicly accessible wireless networks in Australia and internationally, and the representational politics of cultural diversity in Australian museums. Ian has had a long involvement with the Australian museum sector, working as a senior curator at the National Museum of Australia and consulting to other levels of government on museums and culture.

In 2013 Ian was appointed to UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network external evaluation panel.

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Cultural heritage and institutions, especially museums; Social infrastructure; Informal education systems; Public policy and public management.

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Projects

Practicing Safe Public Wi-Fi: Assessing and Managing Data and Security Risks

This project will produce the first Australian analysis of public Wi-Fi use, and the security and legal risks associated with the use patterns of public networks.

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Analysing the Social and Economic Value of Community Playgroups

Community playgroups (CPs) are unique in Australia’s early years education and care environment. This project fills knowledge and policy gaps by appraising the social and economic value of CPs.

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Public Wi-Fi as Urban Infrastructure – the Australian Case

This project is researching the current surge in government, market and community investment in public Wi-Fi in Australia.

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Publications

Practicing safe public wi-fi: Assessing and managing data-security risks

Dr Ian McShane, Mark A Gregory, Chris K Wilson

Public wi-fi is becoming a key part of Australia’s communication system. However, the convenience and accessibility that make public wi-fi so popular also make it vulnerable to malevolent or illegal activities, particularly targeted at intercepting sensitive or valuable personal information.

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Relationships Matter: The Social and Economic Benefits of Community Playgroups

The study has sought to fill a knowledge gap in the understanding of the value of community playgroups by analysing the social and economic value of participation in community playgroups, with a particular focus on parents and carers.

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