Events

  • Friday, June 10, 2022 at 01:00 PM
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    The Centre for Responsible Technology’s fortnightly catch up on the politics of technology 

    With our regular panelists:

    • 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

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  • Friday, June 24, 2022 at 01:00 PM
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    The Centre for Responsible Technology’s fortnightly catch up on the politics of technology 

    With our regular panelists:

    • 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

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


Past events

  • Friday, May 13, 2022 at 01:00 PM
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    The Centre for Responsible Technology’s fortnightly catch up on the politics of technology.

    In our last Burning Platforms before election day we will run the rule over the policies being offered up by the major parties. Coke v Pepsi? Or are there bigger ideas in play?

    With our regular panelists:

    • 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

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

  • Friday, April 29, 2022 at 01:00 PM
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    The Centre for Responsible Technology’s fortnightly catch up on the politics of technology 

    Humans embrace technology with a child-like optimism, but what are the threats Artificial Intelligence poses our society if its impacts are not thought through?

    Burning Platforms dives deep into the amorality of AI with a special discussion with Professor Toby Walsh, author of the new book ‘Machines Behaving Badly’.

    With our regular panelists:

    • 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

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  • Thursday, April 14, 2022 at 01:00 PM
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    **Special Easter time: 1pm AEST, Thursday, April 14 2022**
    On this week’s burning Platforms we dive deep into digital addiction: are we being played? And what can we do to get ourselves off the bad stuff?

    Burning Platforms is the Centre for Responsible Technology’s fortnightly catch up on the politics of technology 

    With our regular panelists:

    • 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 Carla Wilshire, founder of Centre for Digital Wellbeing.

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  • Friday, April 01, 2022 at 01:00 PM
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    The Centre for Responsible Technology’s fortnightly catch up on the power and politics of Big Tech.

    After turning to new technology in a public health crisis we now face critical questions in what a new surveillance normal looks like.
     
    Special guest Dhakshayini Sooriyakumaran from Reset joins the panel to ask whether we are ready to learn the lessons of 9/11 before a new tech paradigm takes hold.

    With our regular panelists:

    • 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

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  • Friday, March 18, 2022 at 01:00 PM
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    The Centre for Responsible Technology’s regular catch up on the politics of technology this week dives deep into threats to the World Wide Web from the current geo-political conflicts.

    Former president of ICANN Paul Twomey will outline how competing models of state control over online communications are challenging the very essence of the internet.

    With our regular panelists:

    • 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

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  • Friday, March 04, 2022 at 01:00 PM
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    Reminder: True Lies: Disinformation in an Election Year at 1pm today

    Last chance to RSVP this morning to join us for "True Lies: Disinformation in an Election Year".

    As the Federal Election approaches amid heightened geo-political tensions, Burning Platforms looks at a ground-breaking attempt to understand how political actors game the social media algorithms to deliver targeted disinformation.

    We will dive in deep with Timothy Graham, who is tracking online disinformation in the run-up to the 2022 poll through an ARC-funded DECRA project: Combating Coordinated Inauthentic Behaviour on Social Media (2022-2025).

    Join regular panellists Director for the Australia Institute’s Centre for Responsible Technology Peter Lewis and Digital Rights Watch Chair Lizzie O’Shea along with Guardian Australia’s Josh Taylor for our fortnightly discussion on the power and politics of technology.

    Chew over the latest in tech politics and power with our fortnightly regular panel

    Regular panellists:

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

    Special guest:

    Dr Timothy Graham, ARC DECRA Fellow

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  • Friday, March 04, 2022 at 01:00 PM
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    True Lies: Disinformation in an Election Year

    UPDATE: Unfortunately, Timothy Graham is unwell, so we will be speaking with his QUT colleague Professor Dan Angus, who has kindly stepped in. 

    As the Federal Election approaches amid heightened geo-political tensions, Burning Platforms looks at a ground-breaking attempt to understand how political actors game the social media algorithms to deliver targeted disinformation.

    We will dive in deep with Timothy Graham, who is tracking online disinformation in the run-up to the 2022 poll through an ARC-funded DECRA project: Combating Coordinated Inauthentic Behaviour on Social Media (2022-2025).

    Join regular panellists Director for the Australia Institute’s Centre for Responsible Technology Peter Lewis and Digital Rights Watch Chair Lizzie O’Shea along with Guardian Australia’s Josh Taylor for our fortnightly discussion on the power and politics of technology.

    Chew over the latest in tech politics and power with our fortnightly regular panel

    Regular panellists:

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

    Special guest:

    Professor Dan Angus, QUT

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

  • Friday, February 18, 2022 at 01:00 PM
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    We mark 12 months from the Facebook takedown to review the progress of the News Media Bargaining Code with Sydney University’s Professor Terry Flew.

    Has the code achieved its objectives? Who’s missed out? And should it be a global model for managing the relationship between journalism and the platforms.

    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:

    Professor Terry Flew, Sydney University

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  • Friday, February 04, 2022 at 01:00 PM
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    While Australians spent the summer searching for RATs, a hastily convened federal government inquiry was holding public hearings about online safety, as the Morrison Government amps up its war with the Big Tech companies. 

    Burning Platforms is back for 2022 to dissect the inquiry with deputy chair Tim Watts MP to ask whether this is the way to tame Big Tech and how issues of Big Tech power will play out in the lead up to the federal election. He’ll join our regular panel of Centre For Responsible technology directer Peter Lewis, Digital Rights chair Lizzie O’Shea and Guardian Australia managing director Dan Stinton to chew over the latest in tech politics and power.  

    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:

    Tim Watts, Shadow Assistant Minister for Communications and Cyber-Security

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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