In whose interest? Why businesses need to keep consumers safe and treat their data with care
Australia’s privacy laws rely on notification and consent as the primary means of protecting consumers. The onus is on consumers to navigate complex privacy protections in a continuously complex digital economy. The author of this paper argues that it's time to consider reforms that hold...
Emerging privacy-enhancing technologies: current regulatory and policy approaches
This report examines privacy-enhancing technologies (PETs), which are digital solutions that allow information to be collected, processed, analysed and shared while protecting data confidentiality and privacy. The report reviews recent technological advancements and evaluates the effectiveness of different types of PETs, as well as the...
2023-2030 Australian Cyber Security Strategy: discussion paper
This discussion paper has been released to seek public and industry feedback to enhance the development of the Australian government's 2023-2030 Australian Cyber Security Strategy.
The lobbying ghost in the machine
This report identifies the lobby attempts of large United States tech corporations to influence the European Union’s regulation of artificial intelligence. It finds that 'big tech' has pushed all its levers to water down the regulation.
Trust in artificial intelligence: a global study
Ali Akbari, James Mabbott, Rita Fentener van Vlissingen, Jessica Wyndham, Richard Boele
This research examines the public’s trust and attitudes towards artificial intelligence (AI) use across 17 countries. The study asked about who is trusted to develop, use and govern AI, the perceived benefits and risks of AI use, community expectations of the development, regulation and governance...
Privacy Act Review report 2022
This report is the culmination of two years of extensive consultation and review of the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth). The review was instigated following the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s 2019 Digital Platforms Inquiry final report, which made several privacy recommendations.
Secrecy, sovereignty and sharing: how data and emerging technologies are transforming intelligence
This policy brief draws on empirical research conducted at Deakin University, which involved interviews with almost 50 participants inside all the Australian National Intelligence Community agencies. It focuses on the unique impacts of big data and emerging technologies on intelligence and excluded discussion of broader...
Cyber Security NSW: governance, roles, and responsibilities
This audit assesses the effectiveness of Cyber Security NSW's arrangements in contributing to the NSW Government's commitments under the NSW Cyber Security Strategy, in particular, increasing the NSW Government's cyber resiliency.
Effects of digitalization on the human centricity of social security administration and services
The author of this working paper argues that there is no substitute for sound, evidence-based policy development to support a human-centric approach to social policy and government to service delivery. To enhance the benefits from AI while minimising the adverse risks, social security administration needs...
ACCC CDR compliance review of authorisation processes
The Consumer Data Right (CDR) gives consumers greater control over their consumer data by enabling consumers to direct a data holder to safely share their CDR data with an accredited data recipient. This report outlines findings regarding six data holders’ compliance with their authorisation-related CDR...
Data breaches and cybercrime victimisation
This paper draws on data from a large national survey conducted in 2021 to examine the prevalence of data breaches among Australian computer users and the relationship between data breaches and other forms of cybercrime victimisation.
A Data Capability Framework for the not-for-profit sector
As community services rapidly digitise, they are generating more data than ever before. This research shows that data capability involves fostering effective and responsible data practices across three integrated dimensions - data access and infrastructure, data skills and data governance.
Public exposure and responses to data breaches in Australia: October 2022
This paper reports Australians' views about data trust, cybercrime and data breaches and how these have changed. It is based on data from four waves of the ANUpoll collected over the period October 2019 to October 2022.
The state of open data 2022
Based on a global survey, this report is now in its seventh year. It provides insights into researchers’ attitudes towards and experiences of open data. With more than 5,400 respondents, the 2022 survey is the largest since the COVID-19 pandemic began.
Statutory review of the Consumer Data Right: report
This review finds that the Consumer Data Right's (CDR's) statutory framework has so far been broadly effective in supporting the CDR's rollout, is sufficiently flexible and robust to accommodate further changes to achieve policy objectives, and has scope to further explore its limits as the...
Digital futures in mind: reflecting on technological experiments in mental health and crisis support
Leah Harris, James Horton, Simon Katterl, Keris Myrick, Kelechi Ubozoh, Alberto Vasquez
The authors of this report argue that urgent public attention is needed to make sense of the expanding use of algorithmic and data-driven technologies in the mental health context.
Toward an international agenda to protect the forum internum
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...
Publishing sensitive data
This ARDC guide will help you to understand how to publish sensitive data for maximum benefit in a way that is safe and ethical.
Consumer data right: non-bank lending sectoral assessment - final report
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.
Public interest sex tech hackathon: speculative futures and participatory design
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...
Australia’s data-enabled research future: the social sciences
The aim of this project was to identify recent developments, opportunities, and priority gaps in Australia’s social science research data ecosystem.
Decentralising data governance: Decentralised Autonomous Organisations (DAOs) as data trusts
This paper explores the idea that Decentralised Autonomous Organisations (DAOs) are a new type of data trust for decentralised governance of data.
Australia’s data-enabled research future: health and medical sciences
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...
Australia’s data-enabled research future: technology and engineering
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.
A future built on data: data strategies, competitive advantage and trust
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.