During the Pandemic the balance between individual privacy rights and public interest has shifted firmly towards mass surveillance and data collection. This is against the background of the post 9-11 trend in which vaguely defined security needs are used to justify wholesale online communications surveillance, and a pending explosion of new technologies to track activity in the physical world. Is this privacy’s dying gasp?
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Ed Santow has been the Human Rights Commissioner at the Australian Human Rights Commission since 2016, during which time he has led the Human Rights and Technology inquiry. His work also focuses on refugees and migration, human rights issues affecting LGBTI people, counter-terrorism and national security, freedom of expression, freedom of religion, and implementing the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture (OPCAT).
Ed's roles prior to the AHRC include chief executive of the Public Interest Advocacy Centre, a Senior Lecturer at UNSW Law School, and a research director at the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law.
Dr Suelette Dreyfus is a Lecturer in the School of Computing and Information Systems at the University of Melbourne and a frequent public commentator in the media on IT-related topics. Her main areas of research are: Cyber Security and Hacking Digital Privacy and Anonymity, The impact of technology on integrity systems (whistleblowing), and Social Media as a Tool for Language Learning in Schools.
Suelette wrote the first mainstream book about computer hacking in Australia, Underground: Hacking, Madness and Obsession on the Electronic Frontier and is a member of the inaugural ACLI committee.
David Watts is one of Australia's leading data protection experts with experience as a regulator, policy maker, public and private sector lawyer. David has held roles including Victoriam Commissioner for Privacy and Data Protection and Task Force Leader on Big Data and Open Data for the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Privacy.
David is currently Principal lawyer at Data Protection Legal and Professor of Information Law and Policy at La Trobe University.
Ariel Bogle is an award-winning technology reporter at the ABC. Ariel has previously held roles at The Conversation, Future Tense and Mashable, with work published in the New York Times, The Atlantic, Australian Financial Review, and Slate.
Her LLB honours thesis on the public policy implications of digital publishing was included in the Australian government's Standing Committee on Infrastructure and Communications' investigation into information technology pricing. Ariel's recent work explores topics including the CovidSafe tracing app, disinformation on social media, and facial recognition technology.
Moderator: Jaynaya Winmar
Jaynaya Winmar is a proud Noongar/Balladong woman from Quairading in Western Australia, and is National Reconciliation Relationship Manager at Indigenous Technology and Telecommunications Network (iNTTN). She is a member of organisations including Noongar Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Victorian Indigenous Professionals Network, Bunjil Energy and SheEO. Jaynaya has a strong background in the Education and Training Industry and dedicates herself to developing and strengthening Indigenous businesses and entrepreneurship.