Our staff

Sam de Silva
Sam is Digital Rights Watch's Partnerships Director, based in Melbourne. Sam is also a Senior Advisor with Internews and was previously the organisation’s Country Director for Sri Lanka and the Maldives. He has experience designing and delivering digital literacy and digital security programs to journalists and advocates, and working in the tech startup industry in Australia and around the world. His skills also include building communities and startup/tech ecosystems and social innovation.
Elissa Jenkins
National Campaigner
Elissa is Digital Rights Watch's National Campaigner, and coordinates our various public campaigns and outreach activities. Elissa has worked as a journalist, community organiser and communications manager for a range of non-profits. She was a founding Board Director of The Green Institute, and has sat on the boards of 4ZZZ Community Radio and the Brisbane Corporate Community Network.
Erin Farley
Media Manager
Erin Farley is Digital Rights Watch's Media Manager. Erin has an extensive range of experience in politics, campaigning and advocacy roles with a speciality in media and communications strategy.

The board of Digital Rights Watch

Tim Singleton Norton

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. Tim is currently Australian Communications Manager for the Pew Charitable Trusts.

Professor Nic Suzor
Deputy Chair

Nic researches the regulation of networked society. He is a Professor at the Law School at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane and a Chief Investigator of QUT’s Digital Media Research Centre. Nic is also the Chapter Lead of the Creative Commons Australia project.

Tom Sulston
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.
Lizzie O'Shea
Board member

Lizzie is a human rights lawyer specialising in public interest litigation. Lizzie has local and international experience in a wide array of court jurisdictions, and 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. In 2019, Lizzie received the Human Rights Hero Award for her work campaigning against Australia's encryption laws.

Lilly Ryan
Board member

Lilly is a digital security consultant and public speaker. She specialises in web application security, privacy education, and the history of technology-related issues, bringing these topics to an international audience. Lilly believes in the power of consumer and tech worker action to help the technology industry better serve the people it affects.

David Paris
Board member

For more than a decade, 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.

Vanessa Toholka
Board member
Vanessa is National Knowledge Lead for Consulting 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.
Roselina Press
Board member

Roselina Press is a writer, editor and communications specialist, currently working at the Human Rights Law Centre on digital engagement and communications. She is also a board member at Right Now, an Australian human rights media organisation, where from 2014-2018 she served as editor-in-chief.

Past board members include: Amy Gray, Chris Berg, Nick Jaffe, Rick Chenn, Suzy Wood, Angela Daly, Serina McDuff.