Thomas P, (Tom) Keenan, BA, MSc, MA, Ed.D, I.S.P., FCIPS

BA in Philosophy and Mathematics Columbia College of Columbia University / U.S.A.
M.Sc. in Mathematical Methods and Operations Research Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science / U.S.A.
MA in Higher and Adult Education Teachers College of Columbia University / U.S.A.
Ed.D. in Higher and Adult Education Teachers College of Columbia University / U.S.A.

Thomas P Tom Keenan

Areas of Research

Social Implications of Technology
Research into how advances in computer and telecommunications technology are changing our lives now and in the future. Everything from how Social Media is changing the justice system to how Autonomous Vehicles will re-make our cities.
Privacy and Security
The social, cultural and legal concepts of privacy in various contexts
Smart Communities
How technology can be applied to improve the lives of citizens.
A dissection of the "wheels within wheels" that make technology feel "creepy" and how this will change in the future. For more details, please see my book Technocreep
Cybersecurity and Cyberwarfare
Related to my Research Fellow connections with the Centre for Military, Security and Strategic Studies and the Canadian Institute for Global Affair Institute
Non-financial Applications of the Blockchain
Blockchain, the technology underlying cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum, has significant potential for applications like anti-counterfeiting and self-executing "smart contracts". There are also major security implications. Please view my talk at RSA 2017 for more details

Supervising degrees

Environmental Design - Doctoral: Accepting Inquiries
Environmental Design - Masters: Accepting Inquiries
Military, Security and Strategic Studies - Doctoral: Accepting Inquiries
Military, Security and Strategic Studies - Masters: Accepting Inquiries
Computational Media Design - Doctoral: Accepting Inquiries
Computational Media Design - Masters: Accepting Inquiries

Working with this supervisor

I am interested in top-notch students at both the Masters and Doctoral level in my research areas as listed here. I only accept "self-starters" who are able to manage their own academic and research program with suitable guidance but without excessive nagging to meet deadlines etc. Excellent proficiency in the English language is a requirement because much of the literature in my fields requires the ability to read and write at the graduate school level. While the University of Calgary, and other institutions, may provide some financial assistance, and I do encourage students to apply for everything possible, I specifically do not provide funding for graduate students out of research projects. Therefore I expect that applicants will have already arranged the resources to support their study and living expenses in Calgary and demonstrate this through a realistic funding plan with the application.

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