A two day event with over
25 speakers & diverse commentators.
Technology, humans, ethics.
Brave conversations,
smart humans.

A challenging two day conference bringing the global conversation about the changing
relationship between humans & technology to Australia.

A space where participants need to be brave, to say the things that they know need to be said, and be prepared to apply intellectual rigour to challenging ideas that might take us to uncomfortable places.

Without commercial bias and policy overview, we need to talk.

THIS EVENT TOOK PLACE ON APRIL 10TH AND 11TH 2017 AT UNIVERSITY HALL AT THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL UNIVERSITY, CANBERRA.

Thinking + talking + feeling

Key themes

LIFE IN THE SOCIAL MACHINE Humans & Technology - what is the future for both?


AUSTRALIA'S PLACE WITHIN THE DIGITAL WORLD How prepared are we?


CREATIVE-DISRUPTION The future of organisations?


THE NEW ECONOMY Digital identity, new economic models and the economic value of humans.


THE PHILOSOPHY OF TECHNOLOGY What should, and shouldn't, we allow our machines to do for us?


We're for smart humans

who should attend

  • Senior leaders and managers who are responsible for the future direction of their organisations
  • People who manage and care about people
  • Educators and influencers of educational outcomes and policy
  • People interested in new emerging currencies and the challenge of digital identities
  • Students from any discipline which explores the intersection of technology and society
  • Anyone who believes that science and technology need to be more fully understood to create both present and future societies

From one brain to another

our Speakers

Our aim is to draw together people from academia, government, business, the media and the third sector to
address some of the profound issues that are arising as human life becomes progressively entwined with the
internet and the Web.

PROFESSOR SUSAN HALFORD
University of Southampton, UK.

Professor of Sociology and a Director of the Web Science Institute at the University of Southampton, UK. “My research interests range from the sociology of work and organization – with projects on the third sector, the ageing workforce and employee driven innovation – to the sociology of technology and specifically the World Wide Web. I have particular interest in the politics of data and digital artefacts, information infrastructures and digital research methods.”

PIA WAUGH
AUSTRAC

An open government and open data ninja, working within the machine to enable greater transparency, democratic engagement, citizen-centric design and real, pragmatic actual innovation in the public sector and beyond. Basically she is trying to do her part in establishing greater public benefit from publicly funded data, software and research.

TOM SCOTT
The Wellcome Collection

Head of Digital Engagement at Wellcome, responsible for Wellcome Collection’s ongoing digital transformation. Leading digital development across the museum and library including: digitisation, editorial content and digital storytelling, library systems, web design and platform development.

MARTIN STEWART-WEEKS
Public Purpose

Principal of Public Purpose, an advisory practice working at the intersection of policy, government, technology and innovation. Strategist, facilitator and advisor. Formerly in policy and public sector management roles, innovation group at Cisco, advisor to Deloitte public sector team. Now working with PwC on a new social impact practice.

PROFESSOR DAME WENDY HALL
Professor of Computer Science & a Director of the Web Science Institute at the University of Southampton, UK.

One of the first computer scientists to undertake serious research in multimedia and hypermedia, she has been at its forefront ever since. The influence of her work has been significant in many areas including digital libraries, the development of the Semantic Web, and the research discipline of Web Science. She is founding Director of the Web Science Trust, which has a global mission to support the development of research, education and thought leadership in Web Science.

TRIS LUMLEY
New Philanthropy Capital, London

Director of Innovation and Development at NPC in London. Working across the social sector to accelerate the adoption of digital technology and data to maximise social impact.

SEE ALL 2017 SPEAKERS >

2017 Conference Resources

CONFERENCE REPORT BY MARTIN STEWART-WEEKS >

“We need to talk about the web: a new conversation about technology and society”

CONFERENCE REPORT BY ANNI ROWLAND-CAMPBELL >

"Were we “brave” @braveconvos #braveconversations?"

WEB SCIENCE TRUST PHD STUDENTS' CONFERENCE DIARY >

Day One Blog

WEB SCIENCE TRUST PHD STUDENTS' CONFERENCE DIARY >

Day Two Blog

CONFERENCE REPORT BY TONY NOLAN OAM >

Reflections on Brave Conversations

CONFERENCE SPEAKER NICHOLAS GRUEN’S ESSAY IN THE MANDARIN >

“The living and the dead: government’s arteries and capillaries have lost symbiosis”

SPEAKER NICHOLAS GRUEN’S CONFERENCE PRESENTATION >

Too many chiefs and not enough Indians: Escaping Groundhog Day

SPEAKER PIA WAUGH’S CONFERENCE PRESENTATION >

Choose Your Own Adventure, Please!

PROFESSOR DAME WENDY HALL INTERVIEWED ON LATELINE >

Broadcast 12/04/2017 with Jeremy Fernandez

SPEAKER KATINA MICHAEL ON ABC RADIO SYDNEY >

How do you rein in violent live video streaming on FB? Broadcast 19/4/2017 with Wendy Harmer


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About Us

Almost a decade ago a small group of people from industry and government, organised a series of conferences
in Canberra which sought to bring various communities together to talk about the emerging issues related to
humans and technologies.


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