Submission: Restricted Access System

The Online Safety Act 2021 was passed in June 2021. Contained within it is an Online Content Scheme which includes the ability for the eSafety Commissioner to issue ‘remedial notices’. …

August 2021 Roundup

Strap in, August has been a huge month for digital rights! From the passage of the Identify and Disrupt Bill, to Apple’s announcement of its surveillance software update, to the …

Rebalance the Internet Economy: IMAGINE

IMAGINE …a world without the written word. Are digital platforms taking the creative arts for granted? With declining income across the board for creative industries, it seems more like social …

Australia’s new mass surveillance mandate

The Australian government has new laws on the books to hack your computer, your online accounts, and just about any piece of technology and networks you come into contact with. …

Submission: Right to Repair

The Productivity Commission is conducting an inquiry into the ‘Right to Repair’. In June 2021 the draft report was released for public consultation. Digital Rights Watch teamed up with Electronic …

July 2021 Roundup

We’re well past the halfway mark of 2021 now and just when we think we’re going to have a quiet month, the world keeps turning… Government spyware named Pegasus You …

Submission: Digital Identity

In July, the Digital Transformation Agency (DTA) wrapped up a public consultation on the Digital Identity Legislation Position Paper. Needless to say, we are concerned about the way that an …

June 2021 Roundup

Ironside and the International Productions Orders (IPO) Bill Operation Ironside, where an encrypted communications application was used to trick and track criminals, gave us a media storm of discussions around …

Rebalance the Internet Economy: EXHIBIT

What is art? What is pornography? A contested distinction that was once made by adult stores, galleries, and the classification board, now falls to digital platforms and their automated content …

May 2021 Roundup

Greetings from… inside our homes. With the majority of our team back in lockdown in Victoria, we have been keeping an eye on coronavirus updates. If you registered to attend …

Our top picks for RightsCon 2021

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! No, not the holidays, it’s RightsCon season! RightsCon is the world’s leading summit on human rights in the digital age, hosted by …

April 2021 Roundup

As the year crawls forward, we’re busy working across a number of different fronts to advance digital rights in Australia. This month we’re looking back at government inquiries, new legislation, …

Anonymity online is important

Imagine if we walked around the real world with a small screen floating above our heads. That screen would update with a different set of information depending on who looked …

March 2021 Roundup

Can you believe it’s April already? As 2021 zooms along, so too does the digital rights space. Here’s our take on the past month… Techno solutionism strikes again You may …

February 2021 Roundup

What a wild few weeks in the digital rights space! Have you been reading the news? As the government, news media, and tech companies fight it out, we’ve been working …