Associate Professor Amanda Third is Principal Research Fellow in Digital Social and Cultural Research in the Institute for Culture and Society. Her research focuses on the socio-cultural dimensions of young people's technology use, with particular emphases on children's rights in the digital age, the intergenerational dynamics shaping technology practice, and vulnerable young people's technological engagements.
Andrew has 15 years of teaching experience and is currently working as Deputy Principal at Upper Harbour Primary school in Auckland. He is a board member of Netsafe.
Annabel is an ABC writer and broadcaster who has hosted six seasons of ABC's Kitchen Cabinet and is a longstanding member of the Federal Parliamentary Press Gallery, having worked as a newspaper and broadcast journalist for 20 years. She won a Walkley for her 2009 essay about Malcolm Turnbull, Stop At Nothing, and has written several books including 2014's best-selling The Wife Drought. She co-hosts the popular podcast Chat 10, Looks 3 with ABC colleague Leigh Sales.
Head of Global Safety at Facebook, Antigone works with internal teams and with external safety organisations and government bodies to ensure that Facebook remains a leader in online safety, and that stakeholders understand the steps Facebook takes to promote safety online.
For more than 20 years Brad has studied the impact of change across business and society, initially as a technology and business journalist.
Bruce Wolpe served as a Senior Adviser to Prime Minister Julia Gillard of Australia from 2012-13, and is Chief of Staff to the former prime minister. He was the liaison for Prime Minister Gillard with the business community and was involved in key economic initiatives.
Bryan is the President and Founder of 2C Solutions, LLC; an organization dedicated to training other professionals on how to investigate, prosecute, and proactively monitor the use of technology by probation clients, as well as how to deal with various digital crime/technology based investigations. 2C Solutions, LLC has provided training to military, federal, state and local agency personnel as well as private sector personnel.
Carly Findlay is an award-winning blogger, writer, journalist and appearance activist. She is an accomplished keynote speaker who holds a bachelor of E-Commerce and a Master of Communication. Carly boldly challenges her audiences’ thinking about what it is like to have a disability or a different appearance and shares her story with confidence, courage and humour. Carly helps us to see through the eyes and ears of marginalised people and takes her audience on a journey of empathy and realisation.
Cliff is a former Team Leader of the New South Wales Police Cybercrime Command. He has lead high profile cyber investigations working alongside national and international enforcement agencies including the FBI and United States Secret Service.
As the Head of Social Media at Content and Social Agency Colloquial Craig drives and develops social media strategy, content and best practice. Craig is a member of the TEDxSydney Social team, the Social Strategist for LGBT Youth charity The Pinnacle Foundation, a blogger, model, and Ambassador for RUOK Day. This diversity provides Craig a unique broad view of social media and the impact it can have on both individuals and society.
Daniel holds a PhD from the London School of Economics and a post-doc at Karolinska Institutet. He works at UNICEF's Office of Research where he coordinates a global research project on children & digital technology. Data has been collected from nearly 10,000 children and 5,000 parents across 4 continents.
David Harvey (LLB; MJur; PhD) is Director of the New Zealand Centre for ICT Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Auckland. Prior to his appointment to that position in July 2016 he was a District Court Judge for 27 and a half years after having practiced as a barrister and solicitor in litigation for 18 years.
David has over 20 years’ experience in senior management positions in the not-for-profit and technology sectors. He is passionate about creating a more digitally inclusive society and improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the not-for-profit sector. Before joining Infoxchange in 2009, he worked for Kronos Incorporated where he led business partner operations across Asia Pacific and Europe. He is currently Chair of the Australian Digital Inclusion Alliance.
David has worked extensively in the area of online safety for many years not only with children, schools and wider communities but also with partner agencies such as the Police and social work, as well as Government, Local Child protection authorities and school inspectorates.
Darren Kane has been the Chief Security Officer at nbn™ since March 2015. Under his leadership the Security Group has become a converged centre of physical and cyber security enabling nbn to better protect its people and assets against evolving threats.
Dianne is a insights innovator with over 20 years experience in understanding consumers and their relationships with brand, products and services. Dianne established Bastion Latitude, as an agile customer and market research company to help improve the human experience of brands products, organisations and the community through insight generation.
Dr Donna Cross
Dr Donna Cross is a Professor with the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences at the University of Western Australia and the Telethon Kids Institute. She is the Head of Health Promotion and Education Research and Director of the Early Childhood Development and Learning Collaboration.
Dr Ranjana Kumari
A renowned social activist and a prolific academician, Dr. Ranjana Kumari is the Director of the Centre for Social Research as well as Chairperson of Women Power Connect. Dr. Kumari has dedicated her life to empowering women across the South Asia region, and is also a prolific writer of many well-known publications.
One of Australia’s most recognised plus sized influencers. With over 66,000 engaged followers on Instagram, Fiona’s fans look to her as a real, relatable and aspirational role model.
Ginger is a fearless and multi award-winning social justice journalist. She has an innate ability to connect and communicate with some of the most interesting and marginalised people in our community. Ginger works hard to translate those untold stories into powerful and insightful journalism.
Helen Campbell is the Executive Officer of Women's Legal Services NSW, a statewide specialist community legal centre for women. She is a lawyer with over 20 years' experience in the community and public sectors. In addition to her legal qualifications she is a Master of Women’s Studies and holds a Diploma in Frontline Management. Previously Helen managed Redfern Legal Centre, and has also held a wide range of voluntary appointments including Chair of Community Legal Centres NSW, Director of NCOSS and consumer representative on the Council of the Energy and Water Ombudsman. In 2011 Helen was awarded a medal in the Order of Australia for services to the law and to the community of Redfern.
Helen is the Chief Executive of Good Things Foundation, a staff-led charity that works with over 5,000 hyper-local community partners in the UK, Australia and Kenya supporting people to benefit from everything the internet has to offer, and driving digital and social inclusion. Since 2010 her organisation and their local partners have helped more than 2 million people to cross the digital divide. Helen has over 30 years’ experience of developing internet education services and content in the UK, Australia and Japan. Helen was awarded an OBE for services to digital inclusion in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in June 2015. In 2017 she won the coveted title of Digital Leader of the Year (UK).
One of the preeminent voices of young Australian women online, Jamila injects her own special brand of humour, irreverence and authenticity into the public debate.
Jane is an author, novelist, journalist, broadcaster, columnist, advertising writer and media and social commentator. She has published five books, most recently “Just a Queen”, a sequel to her earlier works “Just a Girl” and "Plain-Speaking Jane”.
John has extensive leadership and governance experience from numerous CEO and Board appointments in health, not-for-profit, government, education and research sectors, which he now uses to 'help leaders and their organisations thrive in an ever disrupted world'. He has a keen interest in technology and collaborative impact, leading to his appointment as the Australian Digital Inclusion Alliance Facilitator earlier this year. John works to progress the development of the Alliance, helping to build the essential partnerships and frameworks to maximise impact to close the digital divide.
Jon is the Head of Trust & Safety at Trade Me, New Zealand's largest online marketplace. His team is responsible for regulating the activities of the 3.5 million active Trade Me memberships to make sure members are kept free from harm and maintain their trust in the platform.
Jono Nicholas was a founding member of ReachOut when it launched in 1998 as the first digital mental health service in the world and has gone on to become one of the most passionate advocates for the mental health of young people. Jono spent the early part of his career developing and leading the ReachOut service before establishing ReachOut in Ireland in 2009. Since his appointment as CEO of ReachOut Australia in 2010, ReachOut has gone on to become the digital entry point to the mental health system for young people and their parents and is now accessed by over 1.58 million Australians per year for everything from exam stress, relationship difficulties to suicidal thoughts. By 2020 ReachOut plans to help a further one million people per year.
Joseph Di Gregorio
Joseph has extensive research experience in digital societal issues from a demand and supply perspective, having worked on related research in organisations such as the Australian Communications and Media Authority, the Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts , the National Office for the Information Economy and the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Presently, Joseph, as Manager of Research and Data Analysis Section, is responsible for developing the eSafety Office’s research and reporting program. To date, the section has undertaken a wide range of research relating to drivers and barriers of youth digital participation including cyberbullying, digital youth and social cohesion, image-based abuse and older Australians online engagement.
Detective Inspector Jon Rouse has 33 years operational service with the Queensland Police Service and has been an appointed Detective for 27 years, with 18 years devoted to investigating crimes against children.
Originating from New Zealand, Julia joined the NZ Police at the early age of 20 before gaining international experience through her work as a Corporate Investigator in the United Kingdom.
Julie Inman Grant
Julie has extensive experience in the non-profit and government sectors, and spent two decades working in senior public policy and safety roles in the tech industry at Microsoft, Twitter, and most recently Adobe. Julie’s career began in Washington DC, working in the US Congress and the non-profit sector before taking on a role at Microsoft. Julie’s experience at Microsoft spanned 17 years, serving as one of the company’s first and longest-standing government relations professionals, ultimately in the role of Global Safety Director for safety policy and outreach. At Twitter, Julie headed up Public Policy for Australia and South East Asia, managing a range of public policy issues, including online safety and countering violent extremism. Most recently, Julie served as Director of Government Relations Asia Pacific at Adobe.
Julie is the National Chair of WESNET (Women’s Services Network) Australia's peak body for domestic and family violence services, and the Chair of AWAVA, the Australian Women Against Violence Alliance.
Justin W. Patchin, Ph.D., is a Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in the United States. Since 2002 he has been exploring the intersection of teens and technology, with particular focus on cyberbullying, social networking, and sexting.
As Head of Public Policy at Twitter Australia, Kara Hinesley works with government policymakers, regulators, and civil society groups on a diverse range of tech and digital issues. She holds legal credentials in the United States and Australia, is an accredited mediator, and was previously a media and policy adviser focusing on the digital and technology sector before joining the team at Twitter.
Karen is the National Director for the Safety Net Australia Project, which she helped establish for WESNET in Australia in 2011. Since then, the SafetyNet Australia program, which examines the intersection between domestic violence and technology has provided technology safety training to over 4,000 frontline workers in Australian agencies and organisations that work with women experiencing or escaping gender-based violence and stalking.
Karla is the Director and Co Founder of Sticks & Stones; an organisation of young people founded in 2013 committed to challenging and changing norms attitudes and behaviours that enable bullying. A Primary Trained teacher, Karla has also worked as a regional ICT PD facilitator before founding SnS alongside 30 teenagers.
Kath is an experienced Consultant, Facilitator and Executive Coach. She was a solicitor for 17 years including 6 years as a partner at Wisewoulds Lawyers and 4 years as an executive at WorkSafe Victoria. Her practice while a solicitor was a combination of insurance litigation and worker’s compensation litigation. She holds a Masters degree in psychology and is a fully registered psychologist. She has been working as a consultant, facilitator and executive coach since 2008.
Kathleen was previously a Vice President at Internews, managing global technology and policy programs. She has background and experience in Internet policy, philanthropy, and media development programs. At Internews she worked with teams who launched international development media and IT projects across the Asia region from 1998 - 2011 with a focus on South East and South Asia. Kathleen is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, A Company Of Good Fellow with the National Volunteer and Philanthropy Center (NVPC) of Singapore and was a Fellow at the Shorenstein Center at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.
Lesley came into the not-for-profit sector after undertaking a number of senior roles in the Australian government – she was the head of the Office of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health for nearly five years and among many other innovations, introduced the Nurse Family Partnership to Australia with Professor David Olds.
As a keynote speaker, facilitator and MC, Lucy has personally worked with hundreds of thousands of young people all over the world, from Wangaratta to Texas, Wollongong to Auckland, Atherton to Fremantle. Her work has been honoured by UNICEF, The University of Melbourne, The Foundation of Young Australians, the global Family Online Safety Institute and many more. In 2015, Lucy was named among 12 Digital Champions for Children's Rights in the Digital Age around the world by UNICEF, and was announced as a Finalist for LGBTI Person of the Year in the GLOBE Australia Awards.
Maree is co-producer and co-director of the documentary films "Love and Sex in an Age of Pornography", broadcast on SBS in Australia and in eight other countries, and "The Porn Factor", broadcast on SBS. She is also author of "In The Picture", a resource to support secondary schools to address the influence of explicit sexual imagery.
Marian holds a PhD (Crisis Informatics) from the University of Melbourne. Over the past 18 months working in the Office, Marian has led a number of research projects examining social cohesion, cyberbullying complaint mechanisms and technology use amongst older Australians. He is an accreditated mental health social worker with extensive clinical experience in child protection, sexual assault and aged psychiatry.
Maria is the Acting Executive Manager at the Office of the eSafety Commissioner. Previously she was Manager of the Cybersmart Outreach and Strategy Section, which was responsible for the strategic development and roll out of the Cybersmart Outreach program in Australian schools and universities, including the oversight of Cybersmart Outreach trainers. Maria has had a number of Manager positions overseeing the conduct of public hearings, complex investigations and the administration of a broadcasting complaints scheme, and has worked as a Senior Lawyer advising on litigation and investigations, including the set up and implementation of the Online Content scheme in 1999/2000.
Marie is the Managing Director of the Centre for Digital Business and advises major organisations globally on digital disruption and transformation. Marie is a National Board Director of the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA); a member of the New South Wales Digital Government Advisory Panel; and a member of NZ Tech.
As a nonprofit executive, Marsali Hancock has twenty years of experience working with leading national and international policy leaders, top-ranked Fortune 50 companies like Google, AT&T, Verizon, Comcast, Target, Intel, Microsoft, Facebook, and Dell, along with highly respected organisations, maximising technology uses to improve the quality of life, education, and economic opportunities.
Martin joined NetSafe as the Chief Executive Officer in March 2006. Netsafe takes a positive approach to online safety with the aim of empowering New Zealanders to confidently take advantage of the opportunities technology makes available to them. This focus comes easily to Martin after ten years working in the local ICT industry including a role leading the delivery of ICT services to schools.
Matt is well known globally across industry and government as a highly technical straight shooter. Effectively translating complex technology to the lay-person.
Mia manages policy for Facebook in Australia and New Zealand and works with government, child safety and other stakeholders to promote greater awareness about Facebook’s policies and products. Prior to joining Facebook, Mia was the Assistant Secretary for Digital Economy and Convergence Strategy at the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy during which time she served on the Government 2.0 Taskforce, which advised the Government on how best to engage on social media and adopt a more open data policy. Mia joined the Department after working in Silicon Valley as the Product Counsel for YouTube and, prior to this, the General Counsel for the non-profit Creative Commons. She has a Bachelor of Arts and Law from the University of New South Wales and a Masters of Law from Stanford University.
Dr Carr-Gregg is one of Australia's highest profile psychologists, author of 10 books, broadcaster and a specialist in parenting, children, adolescents and the use of technology for mental health.
Detective Inspector Mick Haddow joined the New South Wales Police Force in 1994 and was initially stationed at North Sydney Police Station performing General Duties. He commenced training as a Detective in 1997 and was formally designated as a Detective in 1999. In 2001 he transferred to the Violence and Major Offenders Unit (Crime Agencies) which later became the Robbery & Serious Crime Squad (State Crime Command).
Nan Bosler is committed to the growth and development of the Australian Seniors Computer Clubs Association (ASCCA) as it seeks to empower Seniors Computer Clubs to help older people use modern technology. She was the foundation president of ASCCA. Nan feels strongly that learning is a lifelong experience. She was over 50 when she first went to University and now has six tertiary qualifications. She is a published author. She has also written many articles and made presentations about the value of technology for seniors. Before retiring more than 20 years ago she worked in Local Government and was an Adviser and part time Lecturer in the Faculty of Adult Education at the University of Technology, Sydney. She represents older Australians on many committees and boards and celebrates Positive Ageing on many platforms in Australia and Internationally. Was 2016 Champion for Digital Inclusion and was awarded the 2017 Not-for-Profit Technology Lifetime Service Award.
Neil is the Director of Policy at Netsafe. Before joining Netsafe he worked in the education sector where his interest in the potential of digital technology for learning was ignited. Around the same time, Neil’s experiences on the periphery of a serious ‘online safety’ incident sparked a parallel interest in the challenges accompanying the use of technology that has continued through to his current role. Working at the interface between Netsafe and its government partners’, Neil provides expert advice on the role and impact of digital technology in the lives of children, young people, family and whānau. Neil played a key role in preparing Netsafe for its appointment to a statutory role under New Zealand’s Harmful Digital Communications Act.
Nick is the APAC Innovation Practice Leader for global law firm, Norton Rose Fulbright. He specialises in the privacy, technology and the law. He has been on the Commonwealth Government’s Consultative Working Group on Cybersafety for over 5 years.
A teacher and wellbeing leader for over 20 years, Nicky is the Student Wellbeing Consultant at the Association of Independent Schools in NSW, Australia.
Dr Henry is Associate Professor and Vice-Chancellor's Principal Research Fellow in the Centre for Global Research at RMIT University. Her research focuses on the prevalence, nature and impacts of gender violence, including the legal and non-legal responses to these harms in Australian and international contexts.
Parry Aftab, Esq.
Parry was among the world's first cyberlawyers, helping found the field of cyberlaw 22+ years ago. Since then, as a digital privacy and security lawyer, she has advised nations, UNESCO and the UN, digital and entertainment industry leaders and well-known household brands. Parry has been named to and headed national and global task forces. Her keynote presentations and events receive the highest praise from industry and consumers alike.
For more than 30 years Ray worked for the Redfern Aboriginal Medical Service, as one of the founding health workers he was instrumental in the growth and development of the service – a service dedicated to the health and well-being of the local Aboriginal community. Ray worked in collaboration with the community, boards, and management and fellow health service providers to give the Aboriginal community of the heart of Sydney a culturally appropriate and professional health service. Ray advocates for social justice, community development and empowerment, equity and equality for all.
Detective Sergeant Richard Long has been a member of the New South Wales Police Force for in excess of 33 years. He joined in 1984 and was initially stationed at The Rocks Police Station where he commenced his criminal investigation career in 1986. He continued criminal investigation duties at The Rocks, several City locations and Mt Druitt in western Sydney. He began major criminal investigations with the major crime squad in 1997 conducting investigations at the Organised Crimes Squad and Homicide Squad until 2005.
Rick has a first class Masters degree in internet and copyright law and is the first lawyer to have obtained the IT Professionals, CITPNZ certification. He combines this with high level corporate, commercial and business expertise, derived from close working relationships with business clients for over 25 years, including in governance roles.
As a highly energetic and passionate facilitator, keynote speaker and MC, Rosie's extensive experience working with diverse youth communities has bolstered her strong sense of compassion and understanding towards fellow young people. For the past 10 years, she has dedicated her professional life to helping the lives of young people.
Born and bred in Wellington, Ross manages public policy for Google in New Zealand. After completing degrees in psychology and law, he worked in the public and private sectors in New Zealand and overseas, including the BBC, Vodafone Australia, Minority Rights Group International and the Commerce Commission.
Sam is an accredited mediator, technology lawyer and policy advisor with almost 20 years’ experience working within the digital media and technology sectors both in Europe and Australia.
For the past seven years, Sonya has dedicated herself to the promotion of internet safety through The Carly Ryan Foundation established in memory of her daughter Carly. Befriended by an internet predator posing as a teenage boy, Carly was groomed by the middle-aged man who convinced her to meet him. Tragically that meeting in February 2007 resulted in her brutal murder. Filled with grief and despair, Sonya Ryan did not turn inwards, instead reaching out to others to ensure that similar tragedies could be avoided.
The Carly Ryan Foundation is a non profit, registered harm prevention charity created to promote internet safety and prevent crime.
Sue has 11 years of experience with complex families within the Family and Community Services sector. She is an accredited trainer in the Beyond the Violence Program which is a multi-agency, multi –disciplinary program for women and children who have experienced family violence. She is a qualified workplace trainer and assessor. Sue was a Senior Constable with Victoria Police for 12 years performing both general duties and specialised roles within a range of fields.
Susan is a leading expert in cyber safety and was a member of Victoria Police for 27 years. She was the first Victoria Police officer appointed to a position involving cybersafety and young people where she established and managed the Victoria Police Cybersafety Project.
Tessy is a passionate and practical campaigner who has gained an international reputation for ‘fostering positive change in the lives of young people’ and the impact it has on communities around them.
Already a successful Sydney Chiropractor with his own practice, it was through his lead role on the very first Australian version of popular format "The Bachelor" that launched Tim in to the spotlight. This ratings winner on Network Ten was soon followed by guest appearances on "I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here", Seven Network’s "Dancing With The Stars" and most recently Channel Nine’s rating juggernaut "Australian Ninja Warrior".
Tracey Spicer is an author, journalist and television presenter who has anchored programs for ABC TV, Network Ten, Channel 9 and Sky News over the past 30 years. Renowned for the courage of her convictions, passion for social justice, and commitment to equality, she also has a wicked sense of humour. Currently, she works as a weekly columnist for Fairfax, presentation trainer for Outspoken Women and the Australian Film, Television and Radio School, media trainer at Spicer Communications and appears regularly as a commentator on ABC TV and Channel 9.
Walangari Karntawarra is an international award winning artist, Aboriginal elder, educator and performer who lives and works in Sydney. Walangari was raised in a loving traditional family on his Arrernte homelands outside Alice Springs and went on to gain two university degrees and run his own successful business. Walangari has dedicated his life to cross-cultural communication through the arts and improving outcomes for his people.
Will Gardner is the CEO of Childnet International. Will joined Childnet in 2000, and was appointed CEO in 2009. He is an Executive Board member of the UK Council for Child Internet Safety also sits on Facebook’s Safety Advisory Board. In his time at Childnet Will has led the development of Childnet’s range of award-winning internet safety materials aimed at children, parents and carers, and teachers and schools. Will lives in London with his wife and their 5 children.
Dr Yuhyun Park
Fervent advocate of child empowerment and education. Initiated the Digital Intelligence Quotient (DQ) education framework and assessment. Developed the first interactive digital citizenship education platform for children in Korea & Singapore including a research hub for shaping public policy for internet safety. Started ProjectDQ - #DQEveryChild movement to empower children worldwide with core DQ skills to thrive in the digital economy. Founder of DQ Institute, a think tank committed to improve digital education, culture and innovation through cross-sector collaboration and big data research. Chair of infollutionZERO Ahn-Sei Foundation focusing on advocating and educating for internet safety based on research. Founder of DQ Lab, an online education platform that enables children to self-learn DQ.
Zoe is currently a Cyber Policy Officer working to the Ambassador for Cyber Affairs at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. She previously worked as an Analyst in the International Cyber Policy Centre at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, where she published and spoke on domestic and global cyber issues and organised international cyber policy dialogues. Prior to this, Zoe was a Researcher on quantum technology policy for the Centre for International Security Studies at the University of Sydney.