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IPR Special Issue Launch: Australian Internet Policy eds. J Thomas & A Daly
Wed. 3 May 2017, 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm AEST
The School of Media and Communication at RMIT is pleased to host the launch of the 2017 Special Issue of the Internet Policy Review: Australian Internet Policy, edited by Professor Julian Thomas (RMIT) and Dr Angela Daly (QUT). The issue will be launched by Senior Telecommunications Advisor and Lawyer Leanne O'Donnell. Refreshments will be served.
Where: Staff Lounge on Level 4 of Building 9, RMIT (corner Bowen and Franklin streets, Melbourne CBD)
When: Weds 3/5/17 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
The Special Issue provides a snapshot of developments on various topics (access, privacy, censorship) as a means of understanding better the state of play in Australia, and also how this compares to internet policy in other parts of the world, especially Europe and North America. Given changing geopolitics, the influence of internet policy in the rest of the Asia Pacific through vehicles such as the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) may become increasingly important in Australia in the coming years. This leaves Australia, and its internet policy, at a crossroads, which may reflect broader dynamics in internet policy internationally, and makes this an interesting time in which to explore what is happening in this particular country.
Leanne O'Donnell is a senior advisor in the telecommunications industry. She has a particular interest in issues where technology and the law intersect. Leanne played a central role as a senior lawyer in the legal team representing iiNet in its landmark copyright litigation right through to iiNet’s unanimous High Court win. Following this experience, other roles which extended her expertise include working as iiNet's Regulatory Manager and as a Senior Lawyer at the Law Institute of Victoria. She is an avid user of social media, and tweets as @MsLods.
Special Issue Editors
Professor Julian Thomas is Director of the Social Change research platform, and Professor of Media and Communications at RMIT in Melbourne. He works on new communications technologies and public policy. Recent publications include Internet on the Outstation: The Digital Divide and Remote Aboriginal Communities (INC, 2016), Measuring the Digital Divide: The Australian Digital Inclusion Index (2016), The Informal Media Economy (Polity, 2015), and Fashioning Intellectual Property (Cambridge University Press, 2012).
Dr Angela Daly is Vice Chancellor’s Research Fellow in Queensland University of Technology’s Faculty of Law and a research associate in the Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology and Society (Netherlands). She is a comparative socio-legal scholar of technology and is the author of Socio-Legal Aspects of the 3D Printing Revolution (Palgrave 2016) and Private Power, Online Information Flows and EU Law: Mind the Gap (Hart 2016). She is also a digital rights advocate and currently a director of the Australian Privacy Foundation. Prior to QUT, she was Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Media and Communications Law at the Swinburne Institute for Social Research and she has also previously worked for Ofcom (UK) and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (US).