Digital Rights logoEFA today announces the launch of the Digital Rights 2016 campaign. This generic and non-partisan campaign is intended to raise awareness of the importance of digital rights throughout the Australian community in the lead-up to the 2016 Federal election and beyond.

The primary issues that will be addressed as part of the campaign are:

  • Privacy – including mass surveillance and privacy protections
  • Access – including net neutrality and digital inclusion (supporting the 2016 National Year of Digital Inclusion)
  • Censorship – promoting freedom of expression online
  • Digital Citizenship – promoting respect and tolerance and resisting bullying and harassment
  • Copyright – including enforcement activities and positive reform such as fair use

The campaign will not be presented as ‘an EFA campaign’ but is rather intended to be open for involvement and collaboration from as wide a range of interested parties as possible. EFA therefore invites civil society organisations, commercial entities and individuals across the country to support this campaign during this election year.

While launching the campaign at the EFA-hosted social event held at the end of Linux Conference Australia in Geelong on Friday 5th February, EFA Executive Officer Jon Lawrence said, “In an increasingly digitised world, digital rights need to be mainstream political issues. Australians lack the constitutional protections that are enjoyed by many other nations and the potential for abuse of these rights here is very real, whether from government overreach, private sector failures or individual actions. With support for innovation already set to be a key policy area for the election, it is critical that digital rights issues are also given mainstream attention.”

The Digital Rights 2016 campaign will utilise the digitalrights.org.au domain name as well as a dedicated Facebook page and Twitter account.

2 comments

  1. I'm so confused about all the privacy issues, and the more recent data retention scheme and TPP aren't clear at all. I'm so confused on so many issues. Examples: if I tape a movie on Foxtel, is that the same as downloading a movie on the computer - and what exactly is a "download" anyway? If it's receiving digital information, then that would include the TV and by definition taping a program could be breaching copyright? If I receive an email from somebody and forward it, am I breaching their authorship by supplying it to other people, especially if I don't have their consent? If I take a picture of somebody, is their digital photo a breach - and who owns the photograph? If anything written within Australia is automatically copywritten, then is the EFA allowed to publish this post, or is consent implied - and if somebody uses my material, who would I take to court: the EFA as a publisher, or a person as the thief (not the best example, but the principle is there for other works, eg, online novels)? I have so many questions and am absolutely confused. I thought the law should be accessible - not convoluted to a degree sufficient enough to ensure people cannot abide by them - I don't think I'm that ignorant - I am confused though. I do hope the EFA, or any organisation, can dumb down the laws both now and in the future including the data retention and the seemingly post-TPP dystopia so idiots like me can follow them.

    Comment by Chris on 10 February 2016 at 20:49
  2. Does this campaign have a CSA for radio? I would be keen to play it.

    Comment by Kim Stewart on 23 March 2016 at 12:24