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  • Friday, December 03, 2021 at 10:00 AM
    Zoom

    Webinars

    **NOTE - SPECIAL TIME OF 10AM AEDT**

    Burning Platforms is a fortnightly virtual forum covering the latest in technology news, events and policy.

    This fortnight we ask 'Whatever happened to the free web?'

    The internet promised new ways to challenge power and privilege, so how has it become a tool to promote division and entrench despots?

    Join us as we dive deep with special guest Elaine Pearson from Human Rights Watch into the ways tech platforms have become wilful partners in oppression around the globe.

    This and more in the always busy world of tech!

    Join our regular panellists:

    • Peter Lewis, Director of The Australia Institute’s Centre for Responsible Technology
    • Lizzie O' Shea, Chair of Digital Rights Watch
    • Dan Stinton, Managing Director of Guardian Australia

    And special guest:

    • Elaine Pearson, Australia Director Human Rights Watch

    RSVP with your details and you will receive an email confirmation with instructions on how to join on Friday

  • Friday, November 19, 2021 at 01:00 PM
    Zoom

    Webinars

    Burning Platforms is a fortnightly virtual forum covering the latest in technology news, events and policy.

    This fortnight we ask 'What's the Go with DuckDuckGo?'

    The dominance of Google’s data-hungry search engine is under the spotlight in Australia, with live inquiries on its role in the Ad-tech industry and anti-competitive deals which embed the search engine in smart devices. But DuckDuckGo has proven that you can build a search engine that's not based on user surveillance. In this week's Burning Platforms we’ll chat with DuckDuckGo’s Senior Public Policy Manager to get an idea of what competition in search could actually look like.

    This and more in the always busy world of tech!

    Join our regular panellists:

    • Peter Lewis, Director of The Australia Institute’s Centre for Responsible Technology
    • Lizzie O' Shea, Chair of Digital Rights Watch
    • Dan Stinton, Managing Director of Guardian Australia

    And special guest:

    • Katie McInnis, Senior Public Policy Manager, DuckDuckGo

    RSVP with your details and you will receive an email confirmation with instructions on how to join on Friday

  • Friday, November 05, 2021 at 01:00 PM
    Zoom

    Webinars

    Burning Platforms is a fortnightly virtual forum covering the latest in technology news, events and policy.

    This fortnight we ask 'Will Technology Really Save the Planet?'

    As the world's leaders debate the future of the planet, technology is being put forward as the solution to the earth's climate woes. But will smart energy networks, AI and Bitcoin really save us? As part of the annual NetThing internet governance conference, this week's Burning Platforms dives deep into the environmental impacts of technology.

    This and more in the always busy world of tech!

    Join our regular panellists:

    • Peter Lewis, Director of The Australia Institute’s Centre for Responsible Technology
    • Lizzie O' Shea, Chair of Digital Rights Watch

    And special guest:

    • Benedetta Brevini, academic and author of 'Is AI Good for the Planet?'

    RSVP using the NetThing conference registration here. (This will also give you access to the full two-day program). 

  • Friday, October 22, 2021 at 01:00 PM
    Zoom

    Webinars

    Burning Platforms is a fortnightly virtual forum covering the latest in technology news, events and policy.

    This fortnight we look at platforms vs. the nation-state. Platforms are acting like nation-states and governments are trying to become platforms, but are they both getting it wrong? The idea of the ’platform’ has come to dominate our notion of the internet - that there are corporate networks that we stand on to support us in accessing cyberspace. Governments are employing the same construct - that the role of the state is to provide a base for citizens. What does this mean for individuals?

    This and more in the always busy world of tech!

    Join our regular panellists:

    • Peter Lewis, Director of The Australia Institute’s Centre for Responsible Technology
    • Lizzie O' Shea, Chair of Digital Rights Watch
    • Dan Stinton, Managing Director of Guardian Australia

    And special guest:

    • Jathan Sadowski, Research Fellow in the Emerging Technologies Research Lab and the Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision-Making in Society at Monash University.

    RSVP with your details and you will receive an email confirmation with instructions on how to join on Friday

  • Friday, October 08, 2021 at 01:00 PM
    Zoom

    Webinars

    Burning Platforms is a fortnightly virtual forum covering the latest in technology news, events and policy.

    This fortnight we explore privacy online. With a review of the Privacy Act expected within days, we take a deep dive into the legal frameworks for entrenching digital data rights into Australian law. From informed consent to data matching and security, is the traditional approach to privacy applicable to the online world? This and more in the always busy world of tech!

    Join our regular panellists:

    • Peter Lewis, Director of The Australia Institute’s Centre for Responsible Technology
    • Lizzie O' Shea, Chair of Digital Rights Watch

    And special guests:

    • Anna Johnston, Director at Salinger Privacy
    • David Swan, journalist at The Australian

    RSVP with your details and you will receive an email confirmation with instructions on how to join on Friday

  • Friday, September 24, 2021 at 01:00 PM
    Zoom

    Webinars

    Tech Talk is a fortnightly virtual forum covering the latest in technology news, events and policy.

    This fortnight we explore algorithms that rule Australia, how we are increasingly outsourcing policy and governance to algorithms. We will look at how facial recognition, robo-planning and robo-welfare are entering our policy environments.  This and more in the always busy world of tech!

    Join our regular panellists:

    • Peter Lewis, Director of The Australia Institute’s Centre for Responsible Technology
    • Lizzie O' Shea, Chair of Digital Rights Watch, and
    • Dan Stinton, Managing Director of Guardian Australia

    And special guests:

    • Ed Santow, Industry Professor Responsible Technology at UTS and former Human Rights Commissioner
    • Marie Johnson, CEO of the Centre for Digital Business

    RSVP with your details and you will receive an email confirmation with instructions on how to join the Tech Talk on Friday

  • Friday, September 10, 2021 at 01:00 PM
    Zoom

    Webinars

    Tech Talk is a fortnightly virtual forum covering the latest in technology news, events and policy.

    This fortnight we explore the line between safe and unsafe content online. How does adult and explicit content play into this? Looking at the content platform OnlyFans and the UK/AU Online Safety Acts, we unpack the complex questions around regulation of adult content online. This and more in the always busy world of tech!

    Join our regular panellists:

    • Peter Lewis, Director of The Australia Institute’s Centre for Responsible Technology
    • Lizzie O' Shea, Chair of Digital Rights Watch, and
    • Dan Stinton, Managing Director of Guardian Australia 

    and special guest

    • Professor Kath Albury, co-Leader of the Digital Inclusion Program,
      Swinburne's Social Innovation Research Institute (SIRI)

    RSVP with your details and you will receive an email confirmation with instructions on how to join the Tech Talk on Friday

  • Friday, August 27, 2021 at 01:00 PM
    Zoom

    Webinars

    Tech Talk is a fortnightly virtual forum covering the latest in technology news, events and policy.

    This fortnight we look at sustainable cities and how to build ethical digital frameworks for connected cities, Amazon's excessive data harvesting practices and Google sponsoring journalists.

    Join our regular panellists Peter Lewis, Director of The Australia Institute’s Centre for Responsible Technology and Dan Stinton, Managing Director of Guardian Australia as well as special guests Lucie Krahulcova from Digital Rights Watch and Simon Carter from Sustainable Digitisation Project

    RSVP with your details and you will receive an email confirmation with instructions on how to join the Tech Talk on Friday

  • Friday, August 13, 2021 at 01:00 PM
    Zoom

    Webinars

    Tech Talk is a fortnightly virtual forum covering the latest in technology news, events and policy.

    On this fortnight’s Tech Talk we discuss: the good, the bad and the ugly of data collection - the census, vaccination passports and digital IDs.

    Join our regular panellists Peter Lewis, Director of The Australia Institute’s Centre for Responsible Technology, Lizzie O’ Shea, Chair of Digital Rights Watch and Dan Stinton, Managing Director of Guardian Australia

    RSVP with your details and you will receive an email confirmation with instructions on how to join the Tech Talk on Friday

  • Friday, July 30, 2021 at 01:00 PM
    Zoom

    Webinars

    On this fortnight’s Tech Talk we discuss:

    • What is the metaverse and why is Mark Zuckerberg obsessed with it
    • Spying on individuals using their location data and spying globally using tech like Pegasus
    • and more in the always busy world of tech!

    Join our regular panellists Peter Lewis, Director of The Australia Institute’s Centre for Responsible Technology, Lizzie O’ Shea, Chair of Digital Rights Watch and Dan Stinton, Managing Director of Guardian Australia

    RSVP with your details and you will receive an email confirmation with instructions on how to join the Tech Talk on Friday

  • Friday, July 16, 2021 at 01:00 PM
    Zoom

    Webinars

    On this fortnight’s Tech Talk we discuss:

    • the growth of digital surveillance in Australia including with the Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment Bill;
    • President Biden’s executive order against tech monopolies;
    • and more in the always busy world of tech!

    Join our regular panellists Peter Lewis, Director of The Australia Institute’s Centre for Responsible Technology, Lizzie O’ Shea, Chair of Digital Rights Watch and Dan Stinton, Managing Director of Guardian Australia

    RSVP with your details and you will receive an email confirmation with instructions on how to join the Tech Talk on Friday

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