Photo of Dr Yeslam Al-Saggaf Dr Yeslam Al-Saggaf

PhD MInfoTech CSturt, BE(Hons) I.I.U.Malaysia

Dr Yeslam Al-Saggaf is a Senior Lecturer in Information Technology and a Research Fellow in the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics (CAPPE). He has been teaching at CSU since 2003. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree (with honours) in Computer and Information Engineering from Malaysia and a Master of Information Technology and a PhD from Charles Sturt University, Australia. His research interests lie in the areas of ICT ethics, online communities and social networking sites (SNS).He has published in those areas more than 35 publications, 15 of which are in journals or conferences which are ERA 2010 ranked B and above, and has been a Chief Investigator in two successful Australian Research Council Linkage grant applications. He is also the leader of the ICT Security Group, which is one of the Strategic Research Areas (SRAs) within the Faculty of Business. His current research project focuses on privacy in SNS.

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Teaching Responsibilities

·         ITC711 - Research Issues in Information Technology

·         ITC712 - Conducting a Research Project in IT

·         ITC506 - Topics in IT Ethics

·         ITC493 – IT Project Management

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Research

Research Focus
  • ICT ethics
  • Online communities
  • Social networking sites (SNS)
Research Project Supervision
  • ICT ethics, online communities and social networking sites (SNS)
Current Research Students
  • Rath Kanha Sar, PhD, Privacy in Social Network Sites
  • Manny Diaz, PhD, Towards A Definition Of Cybercrime
  • Saeed Shariati, BIT (Honors), The Digital Divide in Iran

 

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  • Professional

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Leader of the ICT Security Group
  • Research Associate, Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics (CAPPE)
  • Member of the Internal Management Committee Centre for Research in Complex Systems (CRiCS)
  • Member of the School of Computing and Mathematics Research Committee
  • Member of the School of Computing and Mathematics Ethics Committee

Grant and Awards

  • 2013- Awarded FOB Research Fellowship 2013
  • 2012 - Faculty of Business Compact Grant, worth $8607.20, to conduct a research project titled ‘The threats of data mining applications to consumers’ privacy’
  • 2012 - Faculty of Business Honors Research Assistant Scholarship, $10000, to support my ARC grant application
  • 2012 - Faculty of Business Compact Grant, worth $5596, to assist with the costs of meeting with the CIs and the partners and also with the cost of the preparations of an ARC grant application
  • 2011- Faculty of Business Compact Grant, worth $7998, to conduct a research project titled “Threats to privacy from data mining”
  • 2008- Recipient of the Faculty of Business’ Emerging Researcher Award
  • 2006 -ARC Linkage Grant (LP0667487), worth $206,497, to conduct a research project titled “Generating knowledge and avoiding plagiarism: Smart information use by secondary students” (Chief Investigator).
  • 2005- ARC Linkage Grant (LP0560659), worth $109,372, to conduct a research project titled “Ethics and Regulation in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Industry” (Chief Investigator).  This project is in partnership with the Australian Computer Society (ACS).
  • 2007- Faculty of Business Seed Grant, worth $3000, to conduct a research project titled “Extremism on Saudi Online communities”
  • 2006- Science and Agriculture Publication Assistance Scheme, worth $1000, to assist with writing up.
  • 2003- ACS Code of Ethics Project Grant, which generated ethical scenarios that highlighted the ACS code of ethics. I contributed 5 scenarios of the 30 submitted to the ACS. The grant given to the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics for this project was $5000.

Reviewer

  • Journal of Gender, Technology and Development
  • Journal of Behavior and Information Technology
  • Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society
  • Computer Journal
  • Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication
  • Journal of Ethics and Information Technology
  • NanoEthics

 

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Selected Publications

Books
  • Al-Saggaf, Y. (2012). Online Communities in Saudi Arabia: An Ethnographic Study. Saarbrücken: LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing.
  • Weckert, J. and Al-Saggaf, Y. (eds) (2003), Selected papers from the Computers and Philosophy (CAP) conference, The Australian National University, 13 October - 2 November, 2003. CRPIT, vol 37: Australian Computer Society, Sydney.
Book Chapter
  • Weckert, J. & Al-Saggaf, Y. (2008). Regulation and governance of the Internet. In H. T. Tavani, and K. Himma (Eds.), Handbook of Information and Computer Ethics (pp. 475-495). Hoboken, New Jersey: John Wiley and Sons.
  • Al-Saggaf, Y. (2007). Exploring political online forums in Saudi Arabia through thematic content analysis. In S. Hongladarom (Ed.), Computing and Philosophy in Asia (pp. 13-30). Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • Al-Saggaf, Y. (2007). The digital divide within the digital community in Saudi Arabia. In E. Rooksby & J. Weckert (Eds), Information Technology and Social Justice (pp. 262-282). Hershey, PA:  IGI.
  • Al-Saggaf, Y. (2007). The digital divide within the digital community in Saudi Arabia. In T. B. Felix (Ed). Global Information Technologies: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications (6 Volumes), Hershey, PA:  IGI (Reprinted), pp. 394-409 
  • Al-Saggaf, Y. & Weckert, J. (2006). Political Online Communities (POCs) in Saudi Arabia. In S. Marshall, W. Taylor & X. Yu (Eds.), Encyclopaedia of Developing Regional Communities with ICT (pp. 557-563). Hershey, PA: Idea Group Reference.
  • Al-Saggaf, Y. & Kharabsheh, R. (2006). Healthcare-Related Web Forums in Saudi Arabia: Understanding their Use Through Silent Observation and Thematic Content Analysis. In P. Liamputtong (Ed.), Health Research in Cyberspace (pp. 257-272). New York: Nova Science Publishers

 

Refereed Journal Articles

1.    Al-Saggaf, Y. & Islam, Z. (2012). Privacy in Social Network Sites (SNS): the threats from data mining. Ethical Space: The International Journal of Communication Ethics, 9(4), 32-40. ERA 2010 ranked A journal 

 

2.    Al-Saggaf, Y. & Burmeister, O.K. (2012) Improving skill development: an exploratory study comparing a philosophical and an applied ethical analysis technique. Journal of Computer Science Education, 22(3), 1-19. ERA 2010 ranked A journal

 

3.    Al-Saggaf, Y. & Weckert, J. (2011). Freedom of expression online in Saudi Arabia. Ethical Space: The International Journal of Communication Ethics, 8(1-2), 61-68. ERA 2010 ranked A journal

 

4.    Al-Saggaf, Y. & Weckert, J. (2011). Privacy from a Saudi Arabian Perspective: the case of students in a private university. Journal of Information Ethics, 20(1), 34-53. ERA 2010 ranked B journal

 

5.    Al-Saggaf, Y. (2011). Saudi Females on Facebook: An Ethnographic Study. International Journal of Emerging Technologies and Society, 9(1), 1-19. ERA 2010 ranked B journal

 

6.    Zia, T., Al-Saggaf, Y., Islam, M. Z., Zheng, L., & Weckert, J. (2009). The Digital Divide in Asia: Cases from Yemen, Bangladesh, Pakistan and China. Journal of Information Ethics, 18(2), 50-76. ERA 2010 ranked B journal

 

7.    Al-Saggaf, Y. Himma, K & Kharabsheh, R. (2008). Political online communities in Saudi Arabia: the major players. Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society, 6(2), 127-140. ERA 2010 ranked B journal

 

8.    Al-Saggaf, Y. (2006). The online public sphere in the Arab world: The war in Iraq on the Al Arabiya website. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 12(1), 311–334.  Ranked Q1 in ISI + ranked Q1 in Scopus

 

9.    Al-Saggaf, Y. & Williamson, K. (2006) Doing ethnography from within a constructivist paradigm to explore virtual communities in Saudi Arabia. Qualitative Sociology Review, 2(2), 5-20. ERA 2010 ranked B journal

 

10.  Ferguson, S., Salmond, R., Al-Saggaf, Y., Bowern, M. & Weckert, J. (2005). The use of case studies in professional codes of ethics: The relevance of the ACS experience to ALIA’s code of ethics.  Australian Library Journal. 54(3), 299-308. ERA 2010 ranked B journal

 

11.  Al-Saggaf, Y. (2004). The Effect of Online Community on Offline Community in Saudi Arabia. Electronic Journal of Information Systems in Developing Countries, 16, 2, 1-16. ERA 2010 ranked C journal

 

12.  Al-Saggaf, Y. & Begg, M. (2004). Online Communities Versus Offline Communities, Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society, 2(1), 41-54. ERA 2010 ranked B journal

 

13.  Al-Saggaf, Y. & Weckert, J. (2004). The Effects of Participation in Online Communities on individuals in Saudi Arabia. Computers and Society ACM SIGCAS, 34(1), p. 1. Retrieved from http://www.computersandsociety.org/sigcas_ofthefuture2/sigcas/index.cfm.

 

14.  Al-Saggaf, Y. & Williamson, K. (2004). Online Communities in Saudi Arabia: Evaluating the Impact on Culture Through Online Semi-Structured Interviews. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 5(3), 1-16. Retrieved from http://www.qualitative-research.net/fqs-texte/3-04/04-3-24-e.htm. Ranked Q3 in Scopus

 

15.  Weckert, J. & Al-Saggaf, Y. (2003). Online Cultural Imperialism: Is it an Ethical Issue? Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society, 1(1), 21-29.  ERA 2010 ranked B journal

 

Refereed Conference Papers

1.    Sar, R.K.& Al-Saggaf, Y. (2013). Applying contextual integrity to the context of social networking sites tracking. ETHICOMP 2013. University of Southern Denmark, Kolding, Denmark, June 12-14, 2013. ERA 2010 Ranked B conference

 

2.    Al-Saggaf, Y. (2012). Social Media and political participation in Saudi Arabia: The Case of the 2009 Floods in Jeddah. In M. Strano, H. Hrachovec, F. Sudweeks and C. Ess (Eds). Proceedings of the Eighth International Conference on Cultural Attitudes towards Technology and Communication, (pp. 1-15). Aarhus, Denmark, June 18-20, 2012. ERA 2010 ranked B conference

 

3.    Sar, R, Al-Saggaf, Y. and Zia, T (2012). You are what you type: Privacy in Online Social Networks. In S. Leitch and M. Warren (Eds.) Proceedings of the Sixth AICE conference, (pp. 13-18). Melbourne, Australia, 13 February 2012. Deakin: School of Information Systems, Deakin University. ERA 2010 ranked C Conference

 

4.    Al-Saggaf, Y. & Weckert, J. (2010). Freedom of expression on the Saudi Internet. In F. Sudweeks, H. Hrachovec & C. Ess (Eds.) Proceedings of the Seventh International Conference on Cultural Attitudes towards Technology and Communication. (pp. 247-262). Vancouver, Canada, 15-18 June 2010. Murdoch: School of Information Technology, Murdoch University. ERA 2010 ranked B Conference

 

5.    Al-Saggaf, Y. & Kharabsheh, R. (2009). Political online communities in Saudi Arabia: the major players. In S. Hongladarom (Ed.), Proceedings of the Third Asia Pacific Computing and Philosophy Conference. (pp. 27-47). The Center for Ethics of Science and Technology, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand.

 

6.    Al-Saggaf, Y. (2008). Online media and freedom of expression in the Arab world: the case of the Al-Arabiya site. In M.B. Nunes, P. Isaías and D. Ifenthaler (Eds.). Proceedings of the IADIS International Conference WWW/Internet 2008. (pp. 499-503) Freiburg, Germany. 13 - 15 October 2008.

 

7.    Al-Saggaf, Y. (2008). Breaking the taboo: the case of marriage education communities in Saudi Arabia. In M.B. Nunes, P. Isaías and D. Ifenthaler (Eds.). Proceedings of the IADIS International Conference WWW/Internet 2008, (pp. 339-343). Freiburg, Germany. 13 - 15 October 2008.

 

8.    Al-Saggaf, Y. (2006) Online media and the Public Sphere in the Arab World. In L. Stillman & G. Johanson (Eds.), Proceedings of the 3rd Prato International Community Informatics Conference, (pp. 1-17). Prato, Italy, 9-11 October 2006.

 

9.    Al-Saggaf, Y. & Weckert, J. (2004). Keeping the public in Saudi Arabia informed: the role of virtual communities. In P. Rushbrook & G. Whiteford (Eds.), Proceedings of the Continuing Professional Education Conference 2004, (pp. 1-8). Australian National University, Canberra, Australia, 5-6 March 2004.

 

10.  Al-Saggaf, Y., Weckert, J. & Williamson, K. (2002). The Effect of Online Community Experience on Individuals’ Offline Lives: A Saudi Arabian Perspective. In L. Stillman & G. Johanson (Eds.). Proceedings of the Electronic Networking 2002 Building Community, (pp. 1-14). Melbourne, Australia. 3-5 July 2002.

 

11.  Al-Saggaf, Y., Weckert, J. & Williamson, K. (2002). What Do Individuals in Saudi Arabia Say About their Participation in Online Communities. In P. Isaías (Ed.). Proceedings of the IADIS International Conference WWW/Internet, (pp. 363-370). Lisbon, Portugal. 13-15 November 2002.

 

12. Al-Saggaf, Y., Williamson, K. & Weckert, J. (2002). Online Communities in Saudi Arabia: An Ethnographic Study. In A. Wenn, M. McGrath & F. Burstein (Eds.) Proceedings of the Thirteenth Australasian Conference on Information Systems ACIS, (pp. 1-13). Melbourne, Australia. 4-6 December 2002. ERA 2010 ranked A Conference

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