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Security and Safety

Protecting People, Communities and Property

In a world where new security threats emerge on a daily basis, the University of Waikato is working in partnership with communities, business, governments and law enforcement to make the world a safer place. Our world-leading research is shaping policy, solving crimes, protecting economies and saving lives. The brightest minds in crime science, law, cyber security, psychology and public safety are on the case.

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Throughout the University of Waikato we're working on Security and Safety. Read the stories that have emerged as a result.

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Our researchers are looking into everything from human behaviour in cyberspace to driverless cars on New Zealand roads.

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Throughout the University of Waikato, these are the minds that contribute to our Security and Safety work every day.

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Latest news

12 February 2019

How antiquated legal language undermines complainants in cases of sexual assault

Dr Brenda Midson examines one of New Zealand’s most notorious sexual misconduct cases.

4 February 2019

Who should govern Mars?

Dr Anna Marie Brennan looks at whether Elon Musk could rule a new world.

10 January 2019

Children who kill and child killers - is the current system fair?

A University of Waikato researcher is proposing new ‘degrees of murder’ to help make the criminal justice system fairer for both victims and offenders.

17 December 2018

What do Kiwis think of encryption?

New research by University of Waikato academics reveals what people value most when using encryption.

12 December 2018

Gallagher scholarship for cyber security

Mitchell Grout is the fourth in his family to come to Waikato University and he's just been awarded a substantial masters scholarship.

11 October 2018

When a cyber-intruder is in your home

Locks and traditional alarms can’t keep cyber-criminals out, but a Waikato researcher has developed an app that can raise the alarm if your home network is breached.

21 September 2018

Forging a vision for security in a new age of disruptive techno-politics

Experts from around the country and the world have gathered at University of Waikato to examine technologies that will challenge the very core of the country’s defence and security systems.

14 September 2018

Swarms, Artificial Intelligence and New Zealand’s Security

Dr Reuben Steff is looking at how Artificial Intelligence is going to have immense implications for New Zealand’s national security.

11 September 2018

Disgusting, grotesque and offensive

Dr Dan Weijers is looking at how to deal with the public rejection of new potentially life-saving technologies.

4 September 2018

Armed to the teeth: do military animals deserve protection in war?

University of Waikato’s Dr Anna Marie Brennan is looking at whether animals on the front-line are weapons, or if they should be given the respect of something more sentient.

30 August 2018

Researchers argue backdoors violate encryption principles

Based on an ongoing project, University of Waikato researchers contend that building backdoors into encryption should not be pursued in law or policy.

2 August 2018

Cracking down on conservation crime

From Northern California to New Zealand, Dr Justin Kurland is taking on new challenges in conservation crime.