I research the regulation of networked society. I am an ARC DECRA research fellow, researching notice and takedown and the governance of social networks. I am a Chief Investigator of QUT's Digital Media Research Centre, where I lead a program of research on the regulation and governance of the internet and social media. I am a Senior Lecturer in the Law School at QUT, where I teach intellectual property, internet law, and jurisprudence and research the peer economy, digital copyright, and knowledge commons. I am also the Legal Lead of the Australian Creative Commons project, and the Vice-Chair of Digital Rights Watch.
Ten years ago, whenever we spoke about the digital divide in Australia, the answer was always ‘The NBN’. Prof Thomas and his team have asked whether the digital divide is still a problem, whether there is truth that it is ‘narrowing but deepening’. Today at the Digital Media Research Centre, Julian Thomas talks about the[…]
We hosted Prof Andrew Stewart to talk about crowd working in the gig economy. The new forms of work are not entirely new, nor are they entirely negative in their implications for workers. But they do shake up social structures and relationships of work, and this has important ramifications. In these systems, workers bear a[…]
I really enjoyed talking about feminism, online abuse, and regulation at Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art recently. You can watch the video below. We were told that new technology would unshackle women from the domestic duties of the home, and yet in the 21st century women’s experience of online and social media is one of[…]
Jeremy Shtern: ‘Better than Random: The chance for democratic governance of the advertising supported internet’
Yesterday at the DMRC, we hosted Jeremy Shtern, directory of the Global Communication Governance Lab. Shtern argues that advertising supported social media business models drive the evolution of internet architecture, but that we have not sufficiently thought about advertising in the context of infrastructure and governance debates. Advertising strategies are shifting away from paid advertising.[…]
From QUT News: Associate Professor Nicolas Suzor, Law and Digital Media Researcher, is the 2016 winner of the esteemed QUT David Gardiner Teacher of the Year Award. The QUT Teacher of the Year Award recognises excellence in creating engaging classrooms and a sustained positive impact on students’ learning. The late Professor David Gardiner AM, former[…]
We have just made two submissions to the Productivity Commission’s Draft review of Intellectual Property. More detail soon, but for now, the documents are available here: Creative Commons Australia’s submission (PDF) Digital Rights Watch’s submission (PDF)
How do we want our shared social spaces to be governed? On Facebook and transparency…
This ARC DECRA fellowship seeks to understand how internet content is moderated and policed across copyright, defamation, and abusive speech (particularly racial and gendered hate speech). It seeks to develop systems to protect the due process and free speech rights of individuals from illegitimate takedown requests, while better protecting people from abuse and harm.
Amazing opportunity to work with an awesome bunch of nice people to develop new agendas and new methods for policy analysis and public debate.
I am pleased to announce that we have officially launched Digital Rights Watch, a new advocacy organisation to protect the human rights of Australian internet users. I am the Deputy Chair of this new non-profit. We have a great Board of Directors, and I am really looking forward to working with our extensive networks of[…]