Policy innovation for inclusive internet governance
Dates and time:
28-29 September, 2023
8:30am – 4:30pm
The Policy & Internet conference will bring together a range of international voices to demonstrate how varying approaches towards internet policy are established, embodied and engaged with by a variety of stakeholders. Together, scholars and policymakers will discuss current practices, alternative designs and the ‘unknowns’ that are required for inclusive internet governance.
Day One: 28 September 2023
Professor Johanna Weaver
Founding Director of the Tech Policy Design Centre at the Australian National University (ANU)
A recovering diplomat, and reformed commercial litigator, Professor Weaver champions tech policy as a tool to shape technology for the long-term benefit of humanity.
Prior to joining ANU, Professor Weaver completed her term as Australia’s independent expert and lead negotiator on cyber issues at the United Nations. Earlier she led the Cyber Affairs Branch at the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, working closely with Australia’s inaugural Ambassador for Cyber Affairs. Professor Weaver is a member of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Global Advisory Board on digital threats during conflict.
Panels: e-Safety: Youth and digital media policy
Chair: Dr Jonathon Hutchinson
Chair of Discipline of Media and Communication at the University of Sydney
He is a Chief Investigator on the Australian Research Council LIEF project ‘The International Digital Policy Observatory,’ and is also a Chief Investigator on the eSafety Commission Research project ‘Emerging online safety issues: co-creating social media education with young people.’
For 2023 and 2024, he holds the prestigious position of President of the Australian and New Zealand Communication Association and is the current Editor in Chief of the Policy & Internet Journal. His most recent book, Digital Intermediation: Unseen infrastructure for cultural production, is available through Routledge.
Chair: Professor John Hartley, A.M
Research professor in the Department of Media and Communications at the University of Sydney
Previously he was Head of the School of Journalism, Media and Culture at Cardiff University, Dean of Creative Industries at QUT, is John Curtin Distinguished Emeritus Professor at Curtin University.
Hartley founded the International Journal of Cultural Studies (Sage), which he edited for 20 years, and Cultural Science Journal (Sciendo). His recent books On the Digital Semiosphere (Bloomsbury) and Advanced Introduction to Creative Industries (Elgar) seek to widen the scope of global technological and media analysis to include the crucial role of culture.
Stigma and Alarm: Problems with Policy for Censoring Harmful Behaviour in Online Communities
More about Dr Zoe Alderton
Dr Zoe Alderton (she/her) is an interdisciplinary scholar working in novel solutions for youth mental health struggles. Her PhD was awarded by the Department of Studies in Religion at the University of Sydney. Zoe’s publications on internet policy, censorship, and harmful online content include her monographs The Aesthetics of Self-Harm (2018) and Preventing Harmful Behaviour in Online Communities (2022).
Building Inclusive Internets:
The Case of Disability and Emerging Technologies
More about Dr Victor Zhuang
Kuansong Victor, Zhuang is a Visiting Fellow at The University of Sydney, and an International Postdoctoral Scholar at the Wee Kim School of Communication and Information, Nanyang Technological University. He was a former Chevening scholar in 2013-2014 and a 2022-2023 Princeton University Fung Global Fellow. His research lies at the intersections of communications, media, and cultural studies, and disability studies.
Mobilising futures: Receptivity and First Nations in telecommunications landscapes in regional and rural smart policy in Australia
More about Dr Holly Randell-Moon
Dr Holly Randell-Moon is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Indigenous Australian Studies at Charles Sturt University. Holly researches community understandings of digital infrastructure and telecommunications and social inclusion. She has worked on projects involving older people’s use of technology, First Nations’ contributions to urbanisation, the First Nations foundations of infrastructure in Australia.
More about Danielle Hynes
Danielle Hynes is a UNSW Scientia PhD candidate and member of the Media Futures Hub. Her research explores social justice in cities, the present and future of non-market housing, and how ubiquitous datafication is impacting urban life. Particularly, how discourses surrounding new technology in cities are shaping urban imaginaries.
News Media & Digital Platforms v The Citizen/ Where’s the inclusivity in Australia’s News Media Bargaining Code?
More about Dr Sacha Molitorisz
Dr Sacha Molitorisz is a senior lecturer with the Faculty of Law at UTS, where he works with the Centre for Media Transition. His research explores journalistic ethics and standards, the news media bargaining code and how the law can best support public interest journalism, including through the implementation of a harmonised cross-platform standards scheme. Previously, Dr Molitorisz was a writer, editor and blogger with the Sydney Morning Herald.
More about Professor Monica Attard
Professor Monica Attard is a Professor of Journalism Practice and Co Director of the UTS Centre for Media Transition. After 45 years of journalism practice, mainly at ABC Australia, she brings to the academic study of journalism a reality of in-the-field challenges and the impact of digital disruption, particularly in the area of information disorder. Monica has won 6 Walkley awards for excellence in journalism, including a Gold Walkley. She is also the recipient of an Order of Australia for services to journalism.
Inclusive Voice in Artificial Intelligence Policy
More about Chika Anyanwu
Chika Anyanwu is a student-centred academic leader with many years of experience transforming educational schools and departments into sustainable 21st-century educational ecosystems. These include as founding Head of Media at the University of Adelaide, Head of the School of Communication and Creative Industries at Charles Sturt University, Head of the Bathurst campus of Charles Sturt University, Director of Partnerships for Southern Cross University, Head of Mass Communication at the Curtin University of Technology and many others.
Presenters: Policy Design
Chair: Milica Stilinovic
PhD candidate at the University of Sydney where she has lectured on media politics and political communication
Her current research focuses on the digitised communication of violence and the language of violent acts through the lens of far-right, white nationalist and white supremacist groups. She is the Managing Editor of Policy and Internet and an author and journalist whose work has appeared in Forbes, TIME, BBC, and other local and international titles.
Uncharted waters: digital sovereignty in Russia’s war against Ukraine
More about Dr Olga Boichak
Dr Olga Boichak is a Lecturer in Digital Cultures in the Discipline of Media and Communications, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. She is a sociologist with expertise in computational social science, and her research interests span networks, narratives, and cultures of activism in the digital age. Boichak is an editor of the Digital War journal and has a track record of publications that lay the groundwork for new directions in information warfare research, particularly in the areas of participatory warfare.
Institutional Layering in Social Media Regulation in South Korea: 1992-2012
More about Jungseok Yu
Jungseok Yu, also known as Lucas, is a PhD candidate in Media, Film, and Communication at the University of Otago. Drawing from his experience as a public and self-regulator of online content in South Korea, his research interests encompass traditional and new media policy, emphasizing internet content regulation, particularly in addressing disinformation, within democratic contexts. His notable publications explore diverse facets of this domain, including an innovative Internet content regulation model, digital properties of the deceased, and the intricate relationship between election fairness and the preservation of free speech.
Day Two: 29 September 2023
Dr Justine Humphry
Senior Lecturer in Digital Cultures in Media and Communications at the University of Sydney
She uses qualitative and participatory research methods to study the impacts of digitisation and datafication in the lives of marginalised media consumers, and to involve these groups in design and policy change.
She is currently the Chief Investigator of the eSafety Commissioner-funded ‘Emerging Online Safety Issues’ project, collaborating with a team of researchers and industry and community partners, to create evidence-based social media education co-designed with young people and parents.
Panels: Digital hostility, policy and social change
Chair: Professor Catharine Lumby
Professor of Media at the University of Sydney where she was founding Chair of the Media and Communications Department.
Prior to entering academia, she worked for two decades as a print and TV journalist for the Sydney Morning Herald, the ABC and The Bulletin magazine.
She has written and co-authored then books and numerous book chapters and journal articles and recently completed a biography of Frank Moorhouse.
Panels: Chat GPT and Gender Bias in the Asia Pacific Region
Chair: Dr Joanne Gray
Lecturer in Digital Cultures in the Discipline of Media and Communications, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.
She is an interdisciplinary academic with expertise in digital platform policy and governance. Her research seeks to understand how digital platforms, such as Google/Alphabet and Facebook/Meta, exercise private power and explore relevant policy options.
Presenters: Content Moderation
Chair: Dr Chunmeizi Su
Lecturer of Digital Cultures at the University of Sydney
Her research interests are mainly focused on Algorithms, and Digital Entertainment Industry, including but not limited to platform studies, Chinese tech industries, screen industry studies, and cultural soft power. Her publications include the monograph ‘Douyin, TikTok, and China’s Online Video Industry: The Rise of Short Video Platforms’ (Routledge, 2023).
Chair: Dr Xiang Ren
Researches digital publishing, open access, social media platforms, and Chinese digital cultures
He was previously a research fellow and academic course advisor at Western Sydney University and a member of the Institute for Culture and Society (ICS), and before that, a research fellow at the Australian Digital Futures Institute (ADFI). He received his PhD, with an outstanding doctoral thesis award, from the Queensland University of Technology.