Digital Rights Watch is nothing without the committed individuals who support our work. We’re very grateful to be a part of a strong digital rights movement in Australia and around the world.

The current board of Digital Rights Watch

Tim Singleton Norton
Chair
Tim is a specialist in political engagement and communication strategy. He has worked as a campaigns and advocacy manager in a range of non-profit and charity organisations, in sectors including international development, environment, unions and human rights. He is the co-founder of the FWD Digital Campaigning Conference and a co-convenor of the CIVICUS Mobilisation Lab CampaignCon. In 2017, Tim received special recognition in the global Heroes and Villains of Human Rights and Communications Surveillance awards.
Nic Suzor
Deputy Chair
Associate Professor Nicolas Suzor is an ARC DECRA Research Fellow at the Law School at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane and a Chief Investigator of QUT’s Digital Media Research Centre. His research examines the peer economy, the governance of social networks, digital copyright, and knowledge commons. Nic is also the Legal Lead of the Creative Commons Australia project.
Lizzie O'Shea
Board member
Lizzie is a human rights lawyer specialising in public interest litigation. She has worked with indigent prisoners on death row in the Deep South of the US and at the United Nations in Geneva. Lizzie is passionate about equality before the law and that the rule of law should be protected, particularly given the incursions on civil liberties that have become a staple part of the war on terror. She also believes a free press is a fundamental part of democracy.
David Paris
Board member
For the last 10 years, David has worked on communications and digital rights policy issues. David trains journalists and activists on digital security, and has campaigned for political parties and not-for-profit organizations working on climate change, refugee rights, LGBTQIA+ equality, income inequality, corporate tax evasion and other social justice and environmental issues. David is currently the Campaigns Director for OpenMedia.
Vanessa Toholka
Board member
Vanessa Toholka is a knowledge management consultant for PwC, Australia. She has over sixteen years experience working in content and digital strategy, across the public and private sectors. She is a technology commentator and radio broadcaster with Triple R’s weekly technology and computing show, Byte Into IT.
Angela Daly
Board member
Dr Angela Daly is Vice Chancellor’s Research Fellow in Queensland University of Technology’s Faculty of Law and a research associate in the Tilburg Institute of Law, Technology and Society (Netherlands). She has expertise in the regulation of technology in Australia and the European Union. She has previously worked for Ofcom and the Electronic Frontier Foundation and been a board member of the Australian Privacy Foundation.
Tom Sulston
Board member
Tom is a software delivery consultant for Thoughtworks Australia, working on continuous delivery, devops culture, and the psychology of failure. He also helps people secure their systems and data from unethical and illegal snooping.
Serina McDuff
Board member
Serina McDuff is Executive Officer at the Federation of Community Legal Centres, and has worked in a range of human rights and community engagement roles throughout the non-profit and legal sectors.

The Digital Rights Watch advisory council

Our advisory council is comprised of academics, activists and advisors. They support our work by providing their expertise and understanding of policy, research and advocacy. Advisory council members provide us with critical input, but are not responsible for and do not necessarily endorse the work or policy positions of Digital Rights Watch.

Our current advisory council members are:

  • Sarah Agar
  • Jessica Coates
  • Hayley Conway
  • Benedict Coyne
  • Christiane Gillespie-Jones
  • Jon Lawrence
  • Tama Leaver
  • Monique Mann
  • Adam Molnar
  • Nick Moriatis
  • George Newhouse
  • Xavier O’Halloran
  • Kylie Pappalardo
  • Soung Takayama
  • Kim Weatherall
  • Asher Wolf