In the twenty-first century, new developments in technology are increasingly being designed to get inside our minds and change the way we think. In this paper, the author argues that the United Nations should establish practical frameworks to guarantee our absolute right to freedom of...
The Consumer Data Right (CDR) currently applies to the banking, energy and telecommunication sectors. This assessment report recommends the designation of the non‑bank lending sector for the CDR.
Sex tech has emerged as a site in which sexual pleasure, wellbeing and health are increasingly understood as data. The Public Interest Sex Tech Hackathon offered new perspectives on ethical data governance and public interest technologies by exploring a topic that has been both sensationalised/stigmatised...
The aim of this project was to identify recent developments, opportunities, and priority gaps in Australia’s social science research data ecosystem.
This paper explores the idea that Decentralised Autonomous Organisations (DAOs) are a new type of data trust for decentralised governance of data.
This report argues that in order to capitalise on the opportunities to improve health and make use of the ever-increasing volume of health data, Australia must develop an environment that enables the safe and secure use of patient data for legitimate research purposes – balanced...
This project is the result of a partnership between the ARDC, Australia’s five Learned Academies and ACOLA, to ensure Australia can undertake excellent data-enabled research across all fields of research.
In the twenty-first century, data became the subject of national strategy. This paper examines these visions and strategies to better understand what policy-makers hope to achieve.
Concurrently with the adoption of 5G technology, the number of automated sensors and devices connected to wireless networks will continue to grow in the next few years. Increasingly, these networks will inform artificial intelligence algorithms, which will then autonomously make decisions and take actions—with human...
Our physical public areas – town squares, pedestrian zones, shopping centres and bus stops – are increasingly subject to unfettered digitalisation. This report sets out a number of concrete actions cities can take to increase their influence and effectiveness in protecting the data of their...
In the lead-up to the 2022 federal election, the Lowitja Institute is calling on the incoming Australian government and federal Parliament to prioritise the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
This discussion paper aims to ignite a conversation about the current reality that Australian professional sports are collecting extraordinary amounts of personal information about athletes. Concerningly, this data—which is continuous, personal, sensitive, and can be intimately revealing—amounts to excessively more information than has been shown...
This discussion paper focuses on policy settings for state and territory governments, businesses and the broader economy and is seeking views as to how the Australian Government can best achieve data security uplift at a national level.
This paper examines whether current measurement tools suffice in capturing the positive development impact of digital infrastructure and provide a lens through which to assess its potential downside risks.
Data abundance, digital connectivity and ubiquitous technology are redefining national security and the way governments protect individual rights and freedoms. This analysis examines Australia’s policy options in a world defined by big data.
This report identifies ‘Open Finance’ as the next priority area to expand Consumer Data Rights (CDR).
Australia’s first data strategy sets the federal government's vision to become a modern, data-driven society by 2030. It outlines the national approach to data as a key driver of the future economy. The strategy seeks to maximise data’s value, protect it to build trust and...
The State of Open Data 2021 report is the sixth in the series and includes survey results and a collection of articles from global industry experts.
This report on the use and utility of data in Victorian courts and tribunals adds a critical dimension to the understanding of the data environment, and through it, the opportunities and challenges in its effective application.
The implementation of Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) systems highlights the risks of uncritical adoption of data-centric technologies in the provision of public services. This policy brief describes the harms that EVV and—technologies like it—create, and the stakes of continued inaction by federal and state governments.