Modern Confidential: Digital Privacy Today

Start Date - End Date

May 2nd, 2017 - May 2nd, 2017

Start Time - End Time

6:15 pm - 7:15 pm

Event Location

The Wheeler Centre 176 Little Lonsdale Street Melbourne



Event Details
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The notion of personal privacy in a digital society may be out of date.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?

On the panel, chaired by Damien Carrick of ABC Radio National’s Law Report, we’ll 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.

The event will be lived streamed at

Damien Carrick

Damien, a qualified lawyer, joined the ABC in 1996 as the producer of ABC Radio National’s Law Report and in 2001 became the presenter. In the past he has worked as a legal writer for the Victorian Equal Opportunity Commission and written for Australian Lawyer magazine.

Vanessa Teague

Dr Vanessa Teague is a senior lecturer in Computing and Information Systems at the University of Melbourne. Her interest is in cryptographic protocols that support a free and democratic society.

Rachael Falck

Rachael is currently the Director of Technology, Security and Strategy at the .au Domain Administration (auDA).

In this senior role, Rachael provides strategic guidance and advice on cyber security for auDA; she is responsible for ensuring that the online environment is perceived as a safe and trusted. Rachael is collaborating with other key industry advisors on how auDA can become more proactive in the cyber security ecosystem. In this role, Rachael has significant interaction with a range of government, industry, and academic stakeholders.


Josh Bornstein

Josh has been the head of the National Employment and Industrial Relations group at Maurice Blackburn lawyers since 1997. In that capacity he has represented a large number of unions in proceedings before the industrial tribunal and the courts including Australia’s highest court, the High Court.


Presented by Wheeler Centre in partnership with Liberty Victoria, and the city of Melbourne as part of Knowledge Week.

Privacy image credits:
black and white art work © Wilfred Hildonen, and colour art work courtesy The Wheeler Centre