Prof. Reece Walter with speakers
Belinda Carpenter opening the event
On Thursday the 5th of October the Crime and Justice Research Centre, in collaboration with civil society groups the Australian Privacy Foundation, Digital Rights Watch Australia and FutureWise, and industry partner ThoughtWorks, hosted an event on ‘Attacks on Encryption.’ This in response to the Australian Government’s intention to pursue new and increased powers to access encrypted communications via s’backdoors.’
A panel of encryption experts, international privacy law experts, politicians, digital rights advocates, and journalists examined the social and technical consequences of the proposed new ‘backdooring’ powers. They argued these powers are unnecessary and should be highly concerning for Australians who, unlike other western democracies, do not have a constitutional right to privacy.
Presentations from the night are available at the following links:
Former Senator Mr Scott Ludlam
Legal dimensions of the global #waronmaths
Angela Daly, Digital Rights Watch Australia and QUT Law
Government attacks on encryption and civil society coalition campaigns
Justin Clacherty, Redfish Group, Australian Privacy Foundation, and Future Wise
Breaking Encryption for Dummies
Robin Doherty, ThoughtWorks and Hack for Privacy and Eru Penkman, ThoughtWorks and brisSafety
Encryption for journalists
Felix Münch, PhD Candidate QUT Digital Media Research Centre
The contested moral legitimacy of encryption ‘backdoors’
Michael Wilson, QUT Justice PhD Candidate
Phil Green, QLD Privacy Commissioner
Further information about the event can be found at this link:
CJRC PhD student Tien Hoang Le has been notified that he has been awarded a Doctor of Philosophy for his thesis on Human trafficking in Vietnam: Preventing crime and protecting victims through interagency cooperation. Le’s Principal Supervisor was Associate Professor Molly Dragiewicz and his Associate Supervisor was Professor Kerry Carrington. Read more
Join the Australian Privacy Foundation, Digital Rights Watch Australia, Future Wise, and the QUT Crime and Justice Research Centre at ThoughtWorks Brisbane to discuss ‘Attacks on Encryption: Privacy, Civil Society, and the Surveillance State.’
The Australian Government’s intention to pursue new and increased powers to access encrypted communications via statutorily required ‘backdoors’ has been met with wide-ranging privacy and information security concerns.
On 5 October 2017, a panel of encryption experts, international privacy law experts, academics, politicians, digital rights advocates, and journalists will unpack the social and technical consequences of the proposed new ‘backdooring’ powers.
At present, it is unclear if Australia’s laws will require so-called ‘backdoor’ vulnerabilities to be built into messaging applications like Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp. However, if this were to occur, it would enable government access to these services via decryption keys and/or enable remote access to devices for interception of communications “at the ends”. Experts argue that these powers are unnecessary and should be highly concerning for Australians who, unlike other western democracies, do not have a constitutional right to privacy.
This Attacks on Encryption event is relevant to anyone concerned about security and responsible governance and will cover the consequences of engineering ‘backdoors’ into commercially available encryption software, the issues associated with companies being compelled to decrypt user data, and forcing the design of communications tools that allow government interception.
- Former Senator Mr Scott Ludlam: Surveillance politics
- Angela Daly, Digital Rights Watch Australia and QUT Law: Legal dimensions of the global #waronmaths
- Justin Clacherty, Redfish Group, Australian Privacy Foundation, and Future Wise: Government attacks on encryption and civil society coalition campaigns
- Robin Doherty, ThoughtWorks and Hack for Privacy and Eru Penkman, ThoughtWorks and brisSafety: Breaking Encryption for Dummies
- Brenda Moon, QUT Digital Media Research Centre and Felix Münch, PhD Candidate QUT Digital Media Research Centre: Encryption for journalists
- Michael Wilson, QUT Justice PhD Candidate: The contested moral legitimacy of encryption ‘backdoors’
- Discussant: Phil Green, QLD Privacy Commissioner
The event will be hosted at ThoughtWorks Brisbane with catering and refreshments provided, but we will also be live streaming and providing remote links via the cyber.
For more information and speaker biographies and abstracts: https://www.attacks-on-encryption.com/
Note: The event is currently sold out with a waitlist but in the event that CJRC members register then tickets will be released to them as priority attendees.
For further information contact Dr Monique Mann as event organiser.
CJRC member Associate Professor Molly Dragiewicz will present on the Misuse of New Technology in Domestic Violence at the Magistrates Courts of Queensland Specialised DV Conference: Domestic Violence- A New Approach.
The panel is chaired by Dr Anne Purcell from Resolution Partners and is paired with a panel on the Misuse of New Technology: An Investigative Perspective by Acting Inspector Peter Bowser from Queensland Police Service, chaired by Magistrate Kilmartin.
The conference will take place 30 and 31 May, 2017 in Brisbane and address a variety of domestic violence related topics for judicial officers practicing in the area of domestic violence.
This is a new initiative by the Queensland Courts intended to support the emerging specialised domestic violence courts and other practices that have been implemented to enhance domestic violence responses in Queensland.
CJRC member Associate Professor Molly Dragiewicz will speak at a free two day Domestic Violence conference for QUT students
Dr Ron Frey from the School of Psychology and Counselling has organised a free two day domestic violence conference for QUT students.
May 27th and 28th May
10 am – 4 pm
H101, QUT Kelvin Grove Campus
Please note attendance is free, but there is somewhat limited seating in the auditorium.
All QUT students, family and friends are most cordially welcome. The programme is designed to maximise the participation of the audience and allow them to ask the questions they would really like answered.
Natalie Walker, a student in JS12, QUT’s Graduate Certificate in Domestic Violence, founded PartnerSPEAK, an online peer support forum for people concerned about child exploitation material viewed by their partners or other family members. PartnerSPEAK is hosting its first symposium. Details are below. Read more
Dr Claire Ferguson, QUT lecturer
Associate Professor Molly Dragiewicz, QUT
Angela Lynch, Women’s legal service
Hetty Johnston, Bravehearts
Bill Potts, Qld Law Society
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Criminologists in Australia have warned that the family court system is exposing children to abuse. New research reveals that allegations of child sexual abuse raised during divorce or domestic violence cases are often not treated seriously enough.
Katherine Gregory reported this story on Tuesday, October 25, 2016