M.G. Michael coined the term "überveillance" in 2006 to denote omnipresent electronic surveillance embedded beneath the skin. The term was entered into the official dictionary of Australia, the Macquarie Dictionary in 2008.
Michael received a PhD from the School of Theology at the Australian Catholic University in 2003 in Brisbane, Queensland, and a Master of Arts Honors from the School of Philosophy, History and Politics at Macquarie University in 1999 in Sydney, New South Wales. Michael also completed a Master of Theology from the University of Sydney in 1991 in New South Wales, a Bachelor of Theology from Saint Andrew's Theological College (SCD) in 1990 in New South Wales, and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Sydney in 1984.
Between 2004 and 2010 he was tutor, lecturer, course coordinator and then honorary senior fellow at the School of Information Systems and Technology at the University of Wollongong, NSW. During this post his responsibilities ranged from coordinating Information and Communication Security, introducing a strong applied ethics component into guest lectures he delivered for subjects in the Social Policy major in the Bachelor of Information and Communication Technology. He was a member of the Centre for Business Services Science (CBSS) and the Institute for Innovation in Business and Social Research (IIBSOR), contributing to a variety of grants on the theme of Location-Based Services.
Dr Michael is a member of the American Academy of Religion. He is also an Affiliate Member of the IEEE Society for the Social Implications of Technology (SSIT, '11) and the Research Network for a Secure Australia (RNSA) 2005-2010. In 2010, Dr Michael co-guest edited a special section on the theme of Uberveillance for IEEE Technology and Society Magazine, and in 2011 he co-guest edited a special issue on the Fallout of Emerging Technologies for the same publication. Dr Michael was partly responsible for bringing the International Symposium on Technology and Society to Australia having published widely in numerous IEEE conferences. Dr Michael has edited three books for the RNSA on the topic of the social implications of national security technologies.