2017 Speakers

Dr Robert Ackland – ANU

Associate Professor, School of Sociology and Centre for Social Research & Methods, ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences.

Robert works at the intersection of empirical social science and computer science, developing new approaches (involving information retrieval, data visualisation and social network analysis) for studying networks on the World Wide Web.

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Angie Abdilla – Old Ways, New

Founder and CEO of Old Ways, New. Previously, Director of the Indigenous Digital Excellence, as part of the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence.

As a United Nations Delegate, she has presented on the Ethical Digitisation of Indigenous Culture at the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. Angie worked with the United Nations Development Programme for the protection of Indigenous Peoples’ rights within world Climate Change negotiations, as part of the Paris Agreement and is part of the international United Nations Digital Rights Working Group. She has worked in digital product development, policy, strategy and research and is an acclaimed film Director and Producer for her immersive documentary film and cross-disciplinary arts works. Angie continues to utilise the craft of story-telling as the central component to all her work.

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Michele Berkhout – TAFE QLD

Director, Corporate Solutions and Industry Engagement at TAFE Queensland South West.

I am a catalyst for creating and mobilising integrated, customer-focused strategies that deliver brand-aligned, differentiated market growth through effective customer experience management. I have a bias for action and a passion for creating business value at the intersect of people and their conversations and the data and technology to support these conversations.

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Jeffrey Broadfield – Craftsman

Jeffrey Broadfield is a master timber builder & craftsman, trusted with the visions of Australia’s leading architects including Richard Leplastrier, Peter Stutchbury & Glenn Murcutt.

Jeffrey has a deep understanding of how humans interact with materials and space, his artistry creates unique and sensual places for people to live.

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Professor Axel Bruns – QUT

Prof. Axel Bruns is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow and Professor in the Digital Media Research Centre at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia. He is the author of Blogs, Wikipedia, Second Life and Beyond: From Production to Produsage (2008) and Gatewatching: Collaborative Online News Production (2005), and a co-editor of the Routledge Companion to Social Media and Politics (2016), Twitter and Society (2014), A Companion to New Media Dynamics (2012) and Uses of Blogs (2006). His current work focusses on the study of user participation in social media spaces such as Twitter, and its implications for our understanding of the contemporary public sphere, drawing especially on innovative new methods for analysing ‘big social data’. His research blog is at http://snurb.info/, and he tweets at @snurb_dot_info. See http://mappingonlinepublics.net/ for more details on his research into social media.
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Nick Byrne

Digital iD Consumer Lead at Australia Post leading a team who is focused on understanding the consumer value proposition for citizen digital identity, informing the direction of the Australia post Digital iD project.

Previously at Thoughtworks as a Lead Consultant (Specialist), focusing on bridging the business – technical team worlds during the agile delivery of software products, as well as extending the agile philosophy beyond just software teams – extending into the ‘responsive organisation’.

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Ibrahim Elbadawi- ODI Australian Network

Ibrahim is an Associate and Registered Open Data Trainer at the Open Data Institute (ODI) Australian Network.

He is also a member of the United Nations e-Government Expert Group and the founder of ODI Dubai & Exantium, a Dubai-based interdisciplinary innovation laboratory for the public sector which focuses on creating public value through the convergence of technology, data, and public policies.

Ibrahim has contributed to key programs in UAE, Qatar and other countries in the areas of innovation, leadership, digital government, open data & related domains.

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Rob Fitzpatrick – AIIA

CEO of the Australian Information Industry Association.

Rob Fitzpatrick is a passionate technology advocate, and has been so for much of the past 3 decades. His career spans research and advocacy at the Property Council of Australia, corporate strategy, sales & marketing at McKinsey & Company, telecommunications at SingTel Optus, technology innovation at shopfast.com.au, commercialisation of early stage research at Data61, foundation investor in technology-based startups and company director influencing technology adoption in traditional businesses.

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Dr Jon Gray – AUSTRAC – Data61

Jon has 25 years of computing experience in industry and academia both in Australia and the UK. Jon’s research interests have encompassed parallel and distributed systems design, database technologies, software engineering methods and tools, organisational capability development, and business process improvement.

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Dr Nicholas Gruen – Lateral Economics

Nicholas Gruen is a policy economist, entrepreneur and commentator on our economy, society and innovation. He advised two cabinet ministers in the 1980s and 90s, taught at ANU and sat on the Productivity Commission (then Industry Commission) from 1993 to 1997. He directed the New Directions project at the Business Council from 1997 to 2000.

He is CEO of Lateral Economics, Adjunct Professor at UTS Business School, Chair of the Open Knowledge Foundation (Australia) and Patron of the Australian Digital Alliance. He chaired The Australian Centre for Social Innovation (TACSI) from 2010 to 2016, the Federal Government’s Innovation Australia in 2013-14 and in 2009 chaired the Government 2.0 Taskforce.

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Professor Susan Halford – Web Science Institute

Susan Halford is 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.”

“There is nothing inevitable about the future of Web: we must think now about where we want to be in another 25 years. Web Science gives us the power to do that.”

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Professor Dame Wendy Hall – Web Science Trust

Dame Wendy Hall, DBE, FRS, FREng is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Southampton, UK, and is the Executive Director of the Web Science Institute. She was Dean of the Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering from 2010-2014.

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.

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Dr Simon Longstaff – The Ethics Centre

Simon’s distinguished career includes being named as one of AFR Boss’ True Leaders for the 21st century. Simon began his working life on Groote Eylandt (Anindilyakwa) in the Northern Territory where he worked in the Safety Department of the then BHP subsidiary, GEMCO. He is proud of his kinship ties with members of the island’s Indigenous community.

Following a period studying law in Sydney and a brief career teaching in Tasmania, Simon undertook postgraduate studies in philosophy as a Member of Magdalene College, Cambridge. Simon commenced his work as the first Executive Director of The Ethics Centre in 1991. Simon is a Fellow of CPA Australia and in June 2016, was appointed an Honorary Professor at the Australian National University – based at the National Centre for Indigenous Studies.

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Tris Lumley – New Philanthropy Capital

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.

“Digital technology and data present the greatest opportunity, and greatest threat, to civil society’s core purpose. We can either grasp the challenge and transform civil society, or slide into obscurity and obsolescence.”

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Professor Deborah Lupton – University of Canberra

Deborah Lupton joined the university in early 2014 as a Centenary Research Professor associated with the News & Media Research Centre in the Faculty of Arts & Design. Her research and teaching is multidisciplinary, incorporating sociology, media and communication and cultural studies. Deborah has previously held academic appointments at the University of Sydney, Charles Sturt University and the University of Western Sydney.

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Dr Katina Michael – University of Woollongong

Katina Michael is a professor in the School of Computing and Information Technology at the University of Wollongong.  She is the IEEE Technology and Society Magazine editor-in-chief and also serves as the senior editor of the IEEE Consumer Electronics Magazine. Since 2008 she has been a board member of the Australian Privacy Foundation, and also served as Vice-Chair.

Michael researches on the socio-ethical implications of emerging technologies. She has also conducted research on the regulatory environment surrounding the tracking and monitoring of people using commercial global positioning systems (GPS) applications in the area of dementia, mental illness, parolees, and minors for which she was awarded an Australian Research Council Discovery grant.

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Chris Monk – Decoded

Chris is an Economist by training having achieved a First Class degree from UCL but his true passion is in the world of technology, software development, the internet of things and cybersecurity all wrapped up in a bundle of a passion to educate.

In Sydney Chris heads up a team of permanent staff and freelance facilitators to educate some of the worlds largest corporations about all things technology.

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Associate Professor Ellie Rennie – RMIT

Principal Research Fellow, RMIT University.

Ellie researches digital inclusion, broadly defined. Her work is focused on how user practices and choices intersect with infrastructures, products and policies. In recent years she has been working with remote Aboriginal communities, looking at the social outcomes of online communication (positive and negative). She is also working on policy questions arising from automation and the ‘trust machine’ (blockchain).

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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.

Tom is seeking to apply the culture, practices & technologies of the internet era to respond to our users raised expectations- so that Wellcome Collection can engage with a wider, more diverse audience that ever before and in doing so challenge the ways people think and feel about health by connecting science, medicine, life and art.

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Dr Gavin Smith – ANU

Gavin J.D. Smith (@gavin_jd_smith) is Deputy Head of the School of Sociology in the ANU Research School of Social Sciences. His research explores the social and subjective impacts of digital technologies and datafication processes. He is especially interested in the labour relations attendant on practices of watching and being watched. His recent book, Opening the Black Box: The Work of Watching (2015, Routledge), provides an ethnographic account of CCTV camera operation, specifically looking at the situated experiences of camera operators. His work appears in leading journals such as Body & Society, The British Journal of Criminology, Critical Public Health, Big Data & Society, Theoretical Criminology, Surveillance & Society, and Urban Studies. He served as an editor of Surveillance & Society between 2011-2017 and is on the Sage Sociology Video Collection Editorial Advisory Board.

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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.

We used to think that people invented machines and controlled them. Now we’re worrying that machines are inventing and controlling us instead. We’ve arrived at the heart of the conversation about people and machines working together in the service of a new humanity. What does that look like? Is it possible? And, if it is, what does it mean for power, control and accountability?

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Peter Thompson – Centre for Leadership

Peter Thompson is a broadcaster, educator, author and communication consultant. Peter directs the Centre for Leadership which works with the public, private and not-for-profit sectors on communication strategy and practice.

He is a Fellow of the Australia and New Zealand School of Government where he teaches executive programs in communication strategy and adaptive change, risk and crisis communication and behavioural change.

He presented ABC TV’s Talking Heads – a program of intimate conversations about the lives of prominent Australians – for six seasons.  Previously – he was the voice of ABC Radio’s AM and Radio National Breakfast – for fourteen years.

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Dr Ramine Tinati – University of Southampton

Ramine holds a PhD, a MSc, and BSc (Honours) in Computer Science from the University of Southampton, United Kingdom. Ramine is a researcher, computer scientist, focusing on data engineering and analysis challenges, with a broad interest in exciting areas including as social computing, crowdsourcing, and constructing high-performing data pipelines.

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Pia Waugh – AUSTRAC

Project Manager for NFIC International and Strategic Initiatives at AUSTRAC.

Pia Waugh is 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.

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Barbara Wilby – Corporate Wisdom

Barbara Wilby is the founder of Corporate Wisdom, consultants in leadership. Barbara’s original one-on-one work with business leaders has proven to be an integral part of the cultural transformation of a number of companies over the last decade.

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