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.

QUT launches new Digital Media Research Centre

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 Read more about QUT launches new Digital Media Research Centre[…]

Writing ARC grant applications – top tips

Today I attended a session at QUT on grantwriting for ARC competitive grants in the humanities. Here’s the list, and some more detail over the fold:

  1. Do research on what gets funded – what successful projects have been funded before?

  2. Check research priorities; how does your research fit?

  3. Start early.

  4. Clarity and simplicity are the key to success. People have just a few minutes to look through each proposal. Be clear about what you’re doing and why it’s important – make sure it’s right up front.

  5. Follow the guidelines to the letter.

  6. Choose a partner if you do not have a strong track record. Note, however, that if you a person without a strong track record, it will bring down the overall track record. You need to argue the case to support an ECR without a track record in order to justify them. If you have one person with weaknesses, you would need two or three people with outstanding track records.

  7. Review, review, review. Get as many people to provide feedback as possible. Make sure you address all concerns before putting in your final proposal.

  8. Convince the ARC that your proposal is an opportunity to fund something that is urgent. This research needs to be something that is important to fund now, before it’s too late. Don’t insist on this if it’s not urgent, but it does help a proposal.

  9. Write for reviewers. The panel will have diverse disciplinary experiences; it is very important that you assume that the reviewer is an intelligent layperson who doesn’t understand the nature of the field.

  10. Avoid slogans, jargon, polemic. Writing should be straightforward, clear, and very precise.

Ask yourself: would this be something that you would fund?