Online abuse, harassment and gendered cyberhate are global, social and pervasive problems. GEN VIC and Digital Rights Watch have been working hard to bring attention to gendered online violence while remaining critical of state power, coercion and reactionary measures that do not address the root cause of the problem.
In this important online webinar, we will be talking about the newly announced Online Safety Act. This new piece of legislation is a first in Australia and is significant in the fight for a safe and gender equitable internet.
Hear from a panel of digital rights, technology and privacy experts who will discuss:
- What is the Online Safety Act designed to do?
- How does the Act propose to improve online safety?
- Who (and what) does it include/exclude?
- Are there any assumptions the Act makes?
- Now that the Act is implemented, what do activists and the public need to be watchful of?
- What other measures would be beneficial to keep people, especially those targeted by online abuse, safe online?
Our panelists include
- Samantha Floreani, Project Lead, Digital Rights Watch – a digital rights activist and writer who works at the intersection of tech, human rights, and feminism. Previously, Sam has worked in information privacy across the public and private sectors, and as the Program Director for Edu-tech start-up, Code Like a Girl.
- Kathryn Gledhill-Tucker, Board Member, Electronic Frontiers Australia – a Nyungar technologist, writer and digital rights activist currently serving on the board of Electronic Frontiers Australia. Their work explores the intersection of activism, science-fiction, and technology in imagining radical futures and ushering them into existence.
- Eliza Sorensen, Co-founder, Assembly Four – a a queer disabled hacker, troublemaker, freedom of information enthusiast, sex worker, adviser, and co-founder of Assembly Four; a collective of sex workers and technologists who founded the recently shutdown sex work friendly social space Switter.at and advertising platform Tryst.link
- Moderator – Caitlin McGrane, Project Lead, Gender Equity Victoria