Julian Thomas talks at the DMRC

Prof Julian Thomas: The digital divide is still a cause for concern in Australia.

Ten years ago, whenever we spoke about the digital divide in Australia, the answer was always ‘The NBN’. Prof Thomas and his team have asked whether the digital divide is still a problem, whether there is truth that it is ‘narrowing but deepening’. Today at the Digital Media Research Centre, Julian Thomas talks about the[…]

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Digital Rights Watch: A new voice in Australian civil society

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 Marrakesh Treaty could bring the world’s books to the blind

Originally published in The Conversation by Nicolas Suzor and Suzannah Wood. An estimated 285 million people worldwide are visually impaired. Some 90% of those live in developing nations, where less than 1% of the world’s books are available in a form they can read. In developed countries, the situation is only marginally better: only around[…]

The ‘miracle of Marrakesh’: negotiating the VIP Treaty for books for the blind

Today the PIJIP held a panel on the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired, or Otherwise Print Disabled. The people involved in the negotiations explain that from the start of the diplomatic conference, it appeared that the treaty would not be successful. So how did the[…]

Authors Guild v Hathi Trust: do accessible repositories harm copyright owners?

You may have seen the most recent development in the Google Books litigation: Authors Guild v Hathi Trust. There’s plenty of commentary around, including from the EFF here (full judgment). One of the interesting points to come out of the case is Judge Baer’s finding that creating accessible digital repositories, in order to give access[…]