GOMA Talks: The New Feminist Frontier

I really enjoyed talking about feminism, online abuse, and regulation at Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art recently. You can watch the video below. We were told that new technology would unshackle women from the domestic duties of the home, and yet in the 21st century women’s experience of online and social media is one of Read more about GOMA Talks: The New Feminist Frontier[…]

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Jeremy Shtern: ‘Better than Random: The chance for democratic governance of the advertising supported internet’

Yesterday at the DMRC, we hosted Jeremy Shtern, directory of the Global Communication Governance Lab. Shtern argues that advertising supported social media business models drive the evolution of internet architecture, but that we have not sufficiently thought about advertising in the context of infrastructure and governance debates. Advertising strategies are shifting away from paid advertising. Read more about Jeremy Shtern: ‘Better than Random: The chance for democratic governance of the advertising supported internet’[…]

ARC DECRA project: Regulating internet content through notice-and-takedown

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.

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 supporters around Australia and internationally.

My goal for Digital Rights Watch is to build an organisation that can better connect the disparate groups of individuals and organisations who care about how human rights are protected online. A key part of the problem, as we see it, is that while many people care deeply about these issues, as a sector in Australia we lack good channels of communication and strong consensus-based strategies. Recent debates over data retention and copyright policy have demonstrated that civil society must be better organised to be able to effectively represent the public interest.

With DRW, I hope that we can bring together activists, NGOs, technology firms, academics, lawyers, designers, and other individuals to work together to protect and promote human rights online.
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Should social network platforms enforce human rights? IGF 2014 Dynamic Coalition on Platform Responsibility

At the 2014 Internet Governance Forum, the Dynamic Coalition on Platform Responsibility met to discuss the role of private intermediaries in enforcing social norms and law. One of the most interesting points made by Rebecca McKinnon was that corporations have some (limited) responsibility to protect human rights (see further UN, ‘The Corporate Responsibility to Respect Read more about Should social network platforms enforce human rights? IGF 2014 Dynamic Coalition on Platform Responsibility[…]