I research the regulation of networked society. I am an ARC DECRA research fellow, researching notice and takedown and the governance of social networks. I am a Chief Investigator of QUT's Digital Media Research Centre, where I lead a program of research on the regulation and governance of the internet and social media. I am a Senior Lecturer in the Law School at QUT, where I teach intellectual property, internet law, and jurisprudence and research the peer economy, digital copyright, and knowledge commons. I am also the Legal Lead of the Australian Creative Commons project, and the Vice-Chair of Digital Rights Watch.
We have just made two submissions to the Productivity Commission’s Draft review of Intellectual Property. More detail soon, but for now, the documents are available here: Creative Commons Australia’s submission (PDF) Digital Rights Watch’s submission (PDF)
How do we want our shared social spaces to be governed? On Facebook and transparency…
This ARC DECRA fellowship seeks to understand how internet content is moderated and policed across copyright, defamation, and abusive speech (particularly racial and gendered hate speech). It seeks to develop systems to protect the due process and free speech rights of individuals from illegitimate takedown requests, while better protecting people from abuse and harm.
Amazing opportunity to work with an awesome bunch of nice people to develop new agendas and new methods for policy analysis and public debate.
I am pleased to announce that we have officially launched Digital Rights Watch, a new advocacy organisation to protect the human rights of Australian internet users. I am the Deputy Chair of this new non-profit. We have a great Board of Directors, and I am really looking forward to working with our extensive networks of[…]
The Down Under book and film remind us our copyright law's still unfair for artists Nicolas Suzor, Queensland University of Technology and Rachel Choi, Queensland University of Technology Australian copyright law is broken, and the Australian Government isn’t moving quickly to fix it. Borrowing, quoting, and homage are fundamental to the creative process. This is[…]
Our new paper is now available: Witt, Alice, Suzor, Nicolas P., & Wikstrom, Patrik (2015) Regulating ride-sharing in the peer economy. Communication Research & Practice. 1(2), pp 1-16 The rise of the peer economy poses complex new regulatory challenges for policy-makers. The peer economy, typified by services like Uber and AirBnB, promises substantial productivity gains[…]
Exciting news! I am absolutely delighted to announce the launch of our new Digital Media Research Centre. I’m privileged to be a Chief Investigator along with a great group of leading media scholars. I’ll be leading a program of research on the regulation and governance of networked society. In Brian McNair’s words: Queensland University of[…]
Here is our submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee’s review of the Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill 2015. We argue that safeguards are necessary to ensure human rights are adequately protected. All systems of blocking access to online content necessarily raise difficult and problematic issues of infringement of freedom of speech and[…]
We have just lodged our submission to the Communications Alliance draft industry code to introduce a copyright notice scheme. In making this submission, we suggest that Australia learn from the experiences of other jurisdictions, and avoid some of the mistakes that have been made. In particular, this involves: Ensuring that adequate information is available to[…]