When billboards stare back: how cities can reclaim the digital public space
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...
National data security action plan: discussion paper
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.
Big data and national security: a guide for Australian policymakers
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.
COVID-19 practices and perceptions in Australia (2020-2021)
This research project investigated the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on people living in Australia, with a particular focus on their experiences, perceptions and practices—especially in terms of tracking technologies (the COVIDSafe app, the use of QR codes), masks and other prosocial techniques.
The use of QR codes to identify COVID-19 contacts and the role of data trust and data privacy
The aim of this paper is to provide an update on attitudes of the general public to data privacy during the COVID-19 period, as well as the factors associated with the use of QR codes and other government apps/web-sites for contact tracing purposes.
Please check-in: a blueprint for a safe, fair and ethical vaccination 'passport'
Mass vaccination is needed to mitigate against the effects of COVID-19, and to help Australia start to ease restrictions. This paper explores some fundamental principles which form the blueprint for a safe and ethical 'vaccination passport' system.
Why Latin America should protect, not persecute, information security researchers
This report aims to increase awareness of the hostile environment for security research in four Latin American countries — Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador, and Mexico — and propose solutions to protect this important work.
Countering disinformation and protecting democratic communication on encrypted messaging applications
While the debate around encrypted messaging applications and law enforcement is more relevant than ever, especially with the increased reliance on digital communication during the pandemic, this paper recommends that those looking to build policy to curb mis- and disinformation on these platforms recognise that...
Surveillance and the ‘new normal’ of COVID-19: public health, data, and justice
This report maps a range of social fault lines and data-related challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic has raised. In the process, it highlights some emerging best practices and lessons learned that can guide future emergency responses.
Completeness of open access FluNet influenza surveillance data for Pan-America in 2005–2019
The proposed metric outlined in this article could navigate experts in assessing open access data quality and quantity for conducting credible statistical analyses, estimating disease trends, and developing outbreak forecasting systems.
Defending peaceful assembly and association in the digital age: takedowns, shutdowns, and surveillance
This paper, supported by case studies from regions across the world, aims to provide an overview of the state of the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association in the digital age and a series of tailored recommendations for various stakeholders.
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.
Protection before profit: principles for the new data economy
This paper provides six principles that may help ensure that the future data economy puts the protection of people above the interests of private companies’ quest for profit, or the government’s desire to monitor.
Privacy concerns and acceptance of government surveillance in Australia
This research sought to examine the factors influencing public acceptance of government surveillance in Australia.
Data surveillance is all around us, and it’s going to change our behaviour
Enabled by exponential technological advancements in data storage, transmission and analysis, the drive to ‘datify’ our lives is creating an ultra-transparent world where we are never free from being under surveillance. Increasing aspects of our lives are now recorded as digital data that are systematically...