Briefing paper

Facial recognition technology: snapshot paper

This paper distinguishes between proven fact and speculation, and illustrates how facial recognition technology (FRT) can have markedly different implications for society depending on the type of system and the reasons for its use.

Returning to work during the pandemic

How might Australia return to work without getting back on the elevator of exponentially growing infection and deaths? This report sketches out that path, with the answers involving mass testing, and companies funded and supported to do rapid testing, data collection and analysis.
Policy report

A new Sino-Russian high-tech partnership

This paper is intended to start an initial mapping and exploration of the expanding cooperative ecosystem involving Moscow and Beijing. It will be important to track the trajectory and assess the implications of these Sino-Russian technological collaborations, given the risks and threats that could result...

Face to face with the future

One thing is clear: the ethical costs of the new system will depend significantly on its precise operation, which at this point remains uncertain.
Conference paper

Privacy concerns and acceptance of government surveillance in Australia

This research sought to examine the factors influencing public acceptance of government surveillance in Australia.

Bloodborne viral and sexually transmitted infections in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people: Surveillance and evaluation report 2011

This surveillance report provides information on the occurrence of bloodborne viral and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia. Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people continue to be overrepresented in STIs and BBV notification data despite limitations related to...

Privacy in a world of the internet of things: a legal and regulatory perspective

This paper reveals findings from the research project around understanding and rethinking what ‘privacy’ means to individuals and IoT designers/developers in the realm of increasing digital connectivity.

Review of the Search and Surveillance Act 2012

This report is the product of a unique joint review of the Search and Surveillance Act 2012 (the Act) conducted by the Law Commission and the Ministry of Justice.
Other text

Liberty and surveillance: what should governments and private corporations know about you?

Privacy and security are both areas of major importance to civil society, so we must ask when does national security surveillance go too far and erode our civil liberties?
Audio interview

Are governments using the threat of terrorism as a pretext to spy on their citizens?

The United Nation's Special Rapporteur on the Right to Privacy, Professor Joe Cannataci, says governments are using terrorism as a pretext, and wants to regulate government surveillance of citizens.