november, 2017

27nov6:00 pm7:30 pmDigital Rights: what are they, and why do we need them?6:00 pm - 7:30 pm Event Organized By: Sydney Ideas

Event Details

A Sydney Ideas forum co-presented with the Digital Rights & Governance project

For most of us, whether we like it or not, we live deeply digital lives. ‘Digital’ Australia has steadily been taking shape over the past three or so decades, but the challenges and issues now put us at a crossroads.

Despite Australia’s reliance on digital platforms, and the potential benefits they might bring, there is little consensus, let alone good law, policy, and practice, on key issues –– privacy and security, freedom of expression, digital labour rights, consumer protection, digital inclusion and access, or the emerging terrains of data, algorithms, and artificial intelligence.

A panel of leading experts will look under the hood of digital rights, debating key questions such as:

  • What are digital rights? Why do we need them?
  • What would they look like in Australia?
  • How should we frame and do digital rights?


  • Ellen Broad, freelance data strategist, policy and governance expert and trainer, and previously Head of Policy for the Open Data Institute in the UK.
  • Associate Professor Nicolas Suzor, Law School at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia, and a Chief Investigator of QUT’s Digital Media Research Centre
  • Professor Ariadne Vromen, Professor of Political Sociology at the University of Sydney. Her recent book Digital Citizenship and Political Engagement looks at the rise of digital activism and GetUp in Australian advocacy politics.

Panel chair:

  • Professor Gerard Goggin, Department Media and Communications, University of Sydney

More speaker information

The Digital Rights & Governance project researches the implications of digital disruption for the way we live, work, and participate in politics. It is funded by the University of Sydney’s Sydney Research Excellence Initiative.


(Monday) 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


Law School Foyer

Level 2, Sydney Law School, Eastern Avenue, The University of Sydney