Privacy & security
This is Not a Drill with Ali Moore
A Hypothetical Cybersecurity Crisis
What happens when critical infrastructure comes under attack, and risks escalate with each passing hour? How could we respond to multipronged cyber-attacks, crippling power supply and public institutions? And what if the threat appears to have been instigated by one of our regional neighbours?
At the second event in our This Is Not a Drill series, Ali Moore and our…
The Wheeler Centre
Modern Confidential: Digital Privacy Today
The notion of personal privacy in a digital society may be out of date. While many of us say we still want it, we willingly share our data – and dislike paying to protect it. Governments and online businesses covet our personal information. Meanwhile, almost nobody reads the terms and conditions; we merely trust that if something were awry, someone else would have noticed by now.
But what should we be concerned about … and what can we do about it? Why is privacy even important if, as they say, you have nothing to hide?
Hear from computing and information systems researcher Vanessa Teague (University of Melbourne), tech security strategist Rachael Falk (auDA) and employment and industrial relations lawyer Josh Bornstein (Maurice Blackburn). They’ll talk about open data, de-identification, cryptography, social media – and how to defend our rights to both privacy and free speech in our personal and professional lives. #modernconfidential
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Modern Confidential: Digital Privacy Today
The notion of personal privacy in a digital society may be out of date. While many of us say we still want it, we willingly share our data – and dislike paying to protect it. Governments and online businesses covet our personal information. Meanwhile, almost nobody reads the terms and conditions; we merely trust that if something were awry, someone…
The Wheeler Centre
Central to a functioning democracy is the notion of an informed public. What happens when we don’t know what the government is doing in our name? Coinciding with a report by Liberty Victoria's Young Liberty for Law Reform into government transparency and border protection policy, our panel will explore the legal and cultural barriers to whistleblowing.
In 2014, six Save the Children workers were removed from the Nauru Detention Centre under accusations – later dismissed by two independent reports – that they were coaching asylum seekers to self-harm. Meanwhile, 2015's Australia Border Force Act makes it a crime for anyone who does work for the Department of Immigration to disclose, or even make a record of, ‘protected information’. The penalty is two years in prison.
How do these events work to create a culture of secrecy? How much government secrecy is necessary for the protection of the public? And what are the limitations of our whistleblower protection laws as they stand today?
Join our panellists as they unpack issues of transparency, disclosure and the consequences that unfold when we don’t know what we don’t know.
#secretborders pic.twitter.com/5Tuxp14jEc— YLLR (@YoungLibertyVic) April 27, 2016
Cory Doctorow and Alan Brough: What is the best way to destroy the internet before it destroys us?
What does the internet offer in terms of political freedom and social mobility, privacy and big data, and broadcasting and publishing and political change – and what does it cost us? Blogger, science fiction author, Electronic Frontier Foundation special advisor and Boing Boing co-editor Cory Doctorow speaks with broadcaster Alan Brough about whether we should really destroy the internet –…
New News 2015: Watching Me Watching You: Surveillance and Sources
State surveillance and maintaining the privacy of sources remain key challenges for journalists to overcome. What will become of the rights of investigative journalists and whistleblowers following the Federal Government’s newly introduced national security measures? Paul Farrell, Michael Bachelard and Jason Bosland discuss how journalists balance the public’s right to know with the legal and ethical issues they navigate every day.
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Assange Adulation May be Misplaced
“Throughout Australia there is a strong appetite for debate and discussion about WikiLeaks and Assange,” writes journalist Barbara Gunnell in a piece published last week in the Financial Times. Assange is due back in court this week after several months spent under “mansion arrest”. He’s got a new legal team and, according to Gunnell, a less confrontational courtroom approach. Moreover, there are currently…
Secrets & Lies
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Love him or loathe him, Julian Assange has, with WikiLeaks, irrevocably changed the nature of journalism and governance. As a consequence, a host of similar whistleblowing sites have sprung up, all hoping to emulate WikiLeaks' success. What are the implications for the media, the law, governments, the intelligence fraternity and the wider community?
In this video, our panel of guests…
Griffith Review Lecture - Rebel, Public Nuisance and Dreamer: Julian Assange Standing Alone
Assange and Žižek on Stage
The panel discussion featured in this video is the intellectual equivalent of the Big Day Out, Lollapalooza or Glastonbury. Three of the world’s most outspoken figures in philosophy and journalism appeared on stage together in conversation at London’s Frontline Club earlier this month. Journalist Amy Goodman spoke with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, described by Goodman as “the most widely published person on Earth”, and…
Assange On Trial
If bookings for our WikiLeaks event on February 18 are any indication (it booked out faster than a royal wedding), we just can’t read enough about Julian Assange and his controversial website. Guy Rundle wrote sparklingly yesterday in Crikey of Assange’s extradition fight. Rundle’s piece mentions this New York Times Magazine profile of Assange, but for a more personal insight into Assange there’s this…
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