November 15, 2009


Nicolas Suzor 2014

Nicolas Suzor researches the regulation of networked society. He is a Professor at the Law School at Queensland University of Technology, and one of the leaders of QUT’s Digital Media Research Centre. He is also a Chief Investigator of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision-Making and Society. His research examines the governance of the internet and social networks, the regulation of automated systems, digital copyright, and knowledge commons. He is the author of Lawless: the secret rules that govern our digital lives (Cambridge, 2019).

Nic teaches intellectual property and technology law at QUT. He is an award winning educator, receiving QUT’s David Gardiner Teacher of the Year medal in 2016 and was nationally recognised as a recipient of an Australian Awards for University Teaching Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning in 2017 for his engaging and innovative teaching.

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Other organisations

  • From 2016 – 2020, I was a founding board member and Deputy Chair of Digital Rights Watch, an Australian non-profit organisation whose mission is to ensure that Australian citizens are equipped, empowered and enabled to uphold their digital rights.
  • From 2014 – 2020, I was the Chapter Lead of the Creative Commons Australia project.
  • From 2007 – 2010, I was a member of the Board of Electronic Frontiers Australia, including periods as Chair and Deputy Chair.

Funding and other support

I believe strongly in the importance of independent scholarship. I commit to upholding the ethical principles of academic research, including particularly the shared statement from Robin Feldman et al., Open Letter on Ethical Norms in Intellectual Property Scholarship, 29 Harvard Journal of Law & Technology 1-14 (2016). In accordance with these principles, I do not accept funding from sources that impose restrictions on the publication of research results. In the interests of promoting transparency in academic research, I have received funding from the following sources:

  • The Australian Research Council
  • The Australian Digital Alliance
  • The Queensland Taxi Council
  • The Australian Communications Consumer Action Network
  • The Consumer Policy Research Center
  • The OECD
  • The Conversation

In addition to this research funding, I have consulted with various industry organisations, including Facebook and Google. This work is a direct extension of my research, where I seek to further the public interest in technology policy. I am not paid for this work, but I do accept funding for travel expenses.

None of these organizations has any right to exercise editorial control over my research publications.