2020 Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of Electronic Frontiers Australia Inc. will be held on Saturday 21 November 2020, via videoconference, at:

  • 16:00 AEDT (NSW, ACT, VIC, TAS)
  • 15:30 ACDT (SA)
  • 15:00 AEST (QLD)
  • 14:30 ACST (NT)
  • 13:00 AWST (WA)

Zoom/Teleconference Information

The videoconference technology used will be Zoom.

Topic: Electronic Frontiers Australia Annual General Meeting 2020
Time: Nov 21, 2020 04:00 PM Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney

Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/97256104841?pwd=OTJGUThzbkZOSTdjTkNxTzN5ZVRnQT09

Meeting ID: 972 5610 4841
Passcode: 117395

Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/adtGt04CRb

For In Person Attendance

Due to the COVID situation, there is no in person attendance this year and the meeting will be held by Zoom.

Voting at the AGM is open to all financial EFA members, regardless of their membership type, who joined prior to the close of nominations (23:59 AEDT on Friday 23 October 2020 at 11.59pm).

If you are unsure of your membership status, please email secretary[AT]efa.org.au.

If you are unable to attend the AGM, you are able to appoint a proxy.

Meeting Agenda

The meeting will consider the following matters.

  1. Minutes of 2019 AGM
  2. Chair’s report
  3. Annual financial statements and auditor’s report
  4. Appointment of auditor for FY2020-2021
  5. Election of board members

The meeting is anticipated to run for no more than 1.5 hours.

Meeting Documents

Minutes of 2019 AGM

Board Election

There are currently 11 members of the board.

  • Shaun Haddrill is stepping down from the board at the AGM;
  • El Gibbs is stepping down from the board at the AGM;
  • Carley Tonoli was co-opted for the board, and will be seeking re-election.

​Michelle Meares, Rita McIlwraith, Richard Prangell, Matt Watt and Alejandro V. Betancourt are the other board members, who aren't in this years election.

There are five vacancies for the EFA board. The six candidates are:

  • Kathryn Gledhill-Tucker
  • Lyndsey Jackson
  • Daniel Lindley
  • Carley Tonoli
  • Justin Warren
  • Tyson Williams

Election Process

Members have been sent the electronic voting link.

As per last year, we are using Scottish STV as the voting method.(https://www.opavote.com/methods/single-transferable-vote#scottish-stv)

As more nominations have been received than there are available positions, a secret ballot will be held to elect board members. The ballot will be conducted using the Opavote online system, as in previous years. 

All eligible members will be sent an email containing a unique URL, which will enable them to cast their vote through OpaVote's web interface.

Thanks,

Michelle Meares

Secretary

[email protected]

Proxies

You are able to nominate a proxy for any votes at the AGM. The Rules of Incorporation state:

22. PROXIES

  1. A member shall be entitled to appoint in writing the chair of the meeting, or a natural person who is also a member of the Association, to be his / her proxy, and to attend and vote at any meeting of the Association.
  2. A member, other than the chair of the meeting, shall not be entitled to exercise more than ten (10) proxy votes upon any motion.

If a member has more than 10 proxies assigned to them, I will only be allowing the first ten received to be counted. I will allow members to nominate the Chair as a second preference should this happen.

As such, if you would like someone to be your proxy at the AGM, please copy the below text into an email body and fill in the appropriate fields. Add the final line if it is your preference.

Return it to the Secretary by 20 November 2020 by emailing to [email protected]

Note that there will be no opportunity to proxy for the election of Board members as that will be managed through an automated system which will send people a separate email. Members will have a week in which they can vote for the new Board members, so a proxy isn’t necessary.

2020 EFA AGM Proxy Nomination

I,

_________________,

a current member of the EFA, nominate

_________________,

to vote as my proxy in the 2020 AGM of the EFA.

I allow the Chair to be my proxy in the case that my preferred proxy has over 10 nominations.

Candidate Statement: Kathryn Gledhill Tucker

Kathryn uses technology to increase the legibility of the world. She has worked in the tech industry for eight years across online streaming services, data and analytics consulting, and has now landed in product managment. She excels as a conduit, translating between technical and non-technical teams.

As a First Nations technologist, Kathryn is passionate about exploring new methods of education and mentoring to build better pathways for Indigenous people to find careers in technology. She regularly volunteers as a SheCodes mentor, helping other women to learn tech skills and build new careers the industry.

Kathryn is dedicated to increasing the digital literacy of our community, from teaching privacy and legal professionals about web technologies to helping people protect their privacy online, and is a fierce advocate for digital rights.

Intentions

I am interested in contributing to digital rights campaigns, policy submissions, and the general administrative work required to keep an organisation running. My personal focus is in education and finding new ways to communicate digital rights and privacy, particularly issues that disproportionately affect marginalised groups. I plan to do more speaking engagements in 2021, reach as wide an audience as possible re: digital rights in Australia, and would love to do so with the support of the EFA.

Candidate Statement: Lyndsey Jackson

Lyndsey Jackson has worked in the Internet technology sector for over a decade, working with not for profits, government, and startups. As an activist and community builder Lyndsey was a key organiser in the Robodebt movement, crowdsourcing the #NotMyDebt website and working to build community. Lyndsey is committed to fairness, access and accessibility online. 

Lyndsey joined the EFA board in 2017 and became Chair. During this time Lyndsey has worked to build internal organisation capacity, including an active board. Working as a team the organisation turned a corner, becoming financially stable, with an operational board and support network that is responsive to media, submissions, and communication needs of the organisation. 

Committed to collaboration Lyndsey has worked to build and strengthen relationships with other organisations and the digital rights community. For the past two years Lyndsey has been involved in NetThing, the rebirth of the Australian multistakeholder Internet Governance community, in 2020 she was Vice Chair. 

Based in regional Australia, Lyndsey is a co-founder and Chief Technical Officer of an agtech startup. Lyndsey is active at supporting and promoting digital skill development especially in regions and for women. Lyndsey sits on her local Regional Development Australia board. She is currently completing the Australian Institute of Company Directors, which will help to strengthen EFA board governance. 

Intention

The past three years have been a lot of work, and incredibly rewarding. I am committed in my belief that digital rights are one of the most pressing issues facing our society at this time, and it’s shocking as a citizen that this space is so underdeveloped and unsupported. With a 26 year legacy, EFA is an organisation thatI believe is worth the time and effort to see it strengthen and thrive. The last three years have felt like a rescuing and restoring mission, now over the next two years I’d like to be a part of the board to see the work of collaboration and capacity development really start to come into its own. And I believe it will. If reelected I will continue to work hard, build relationships, and encourage and support the EFA team and broader community. 

Candidate Statement: Daniel Lindley

My name is Daniel Lindley. I have been passionate about technology and the web since a young age, and began providing web development services and graphic design to local businesses and groups from the age of 15. I studied a Bachelor of Business and a Bachelor of Computer Science at Edith Cowan University. Over many years I experienced the web (2.0) developing amazing new potential as I jumped from early service to service and trying to build my own, I also watched- with increasing concern- as tracking also grew; analytics became more invasive, terms of service became more demanding, techniques for fingerprinting and profiling more complex. More worryingly, I watched as more companies were losing control of this data, without penalty, while the troves of data became more consequential. I’m passionate about the individual right to privacy and its critical importance to a civil society. I watch with concern as new dynamics created by technology are allowing formerly clear procedures for police investigation and surveillance to be circumvented, and in ways that the consequences are not yet known. In 2016, I was nominated to stand as a candidate for the federal seat of Moore, and was an advocate for fibre optic technologies, fighting increased surveillance legislation, and advocating awareness around the privacy impacts to society. I understand the potential of the technologies that underpin modern society, both positive and negative, and the vast amounts of data that can be obtained through them.

Intentions

As a member of the board, I intend to dedicate as much time as I can contributing to the administrative and operational needs of the EFA, to lending my ideas and energy to the creation of policies and campaigns, finding ways to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the organisation, and working toward significantly increased awareness of the organisation, its profile, and the importance of privacy in Australian society. Becoming part of the EFA board will give me the opportunity to work with like minded people, grow my network of people who have the same concerns and solutions and work towards a safer world. I’ll be even try my hand at convincing millions of Australian’s take to the streets to defend privacy.

Candidate Statement: Carley Tonoli

Carley Tonoli has been an active member of the Australian internet community since the early 1990s, serving as a system administrator for Suburbia—Australia’s first public access internet service provider. This volunteer experience engendered a strong sense of civic responsibility and passion for active participation in civic life. Before accepting an EFA Board position in early 2020, Carley has held various volunteer and community-based committee and coordination roles. Carley has a strong commitment to advocating for digital rights, individual privacy, institutional transparency and accountability, social justice, and equality of opportunity for all.

Carley is currently a graduate researcher at the University of Melbourne's School of Historical and Philosophical Studies. Her research focuses on the ethics of emerging technologies, and her current work examines the impacts of emerging technologies on the moral and political community. Carley’s research is informed by her previous work and studies in the fields of applied ethics, IT, journalism, and communications. Carley is currently working toward a PhD in Philosophy specialising in Technoethics. Her Masters in Professional and Applied Ethics thesis investigated potential post-war (jus post bellum) obligations that may arise as result of drone use in warfare using the US Drone War in Pakistan as a case study. During her career she has also worked for a number of non-profit, government, and charitable organisations in, information technology, communications, media, and research roles. Presently, Carley works developing and delivering philosophy and technology related programs for gifted students throughout Australia.

Intention statement

After joining the EFA board early in 2020, I have developed a solid understanding of the organisation’s operations, remit and scope for extension.  As a returning EFA Board member, I would like to continue to develop and realise projects aimed at digital rights education and training. Furthermore, I wish to engage young people in the digital rights movement and assist in fostering collaboration and community in the digital rights space. I strongly believe that information and awareness are integral to sounds decision-making, and, as a result, one project I am particularly passionate about advancing is the Digital Rights Summer School project which is currently in the early stages of planning. This program will aim to provide a strong foundational understanding of the digital rights landscape in Australia and provide the opportunity for further public engagement and involvement in the Australian digital rights community.

Candidate Statement: Justin Warren

Justin Warren, MBA, GAICD is the founder of PivotNine Pty Ltd, a boutique consulting firm based in Melbourne, Australia that specialises in positioning and messaging consulting for technology companies.

Justin has worked with numerous well-known companies around the world, including ANZ, Australia Post, IBM, NetApp, Nutanix, Pure Storage, Suncorp, Telstra, and VMware, as well as a variety of Silicon Valley startups.

He is a regular contributor to Forbes.com and has written for CRN, iTNews.com.au, The Saturday Paper, and has appeared on theCUBE.

Justin holds an MBA from Melbourne Business School, and is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

He has been a member of EFA since 2001, and a member of the EFA Board since 2017.

Intention

EFA has now stabilised its financial position and has a strong balance sheet from which to grow, thanks to the efforts of the board over the past few years, of which I am proud to have played a part.

It is time for EFA to take a bolder leadership role in the debate over what the future of digital rights should be.

I intend to help EFA broaden its appeal to more Australians and to build a larger base of support for its goals and objectives.

I intend to continue providing sound financial oversight and governance to ensure that EFA remains financially sustainable as it fulfils its mission.

Candidate Statement: Tyson Williams

My name is Tyson Williams and I have a passion for digital education, privacy and rights.

I have predominantly worked in various forms of IT and Telecommunications since my first job after leaving school to work in the fairly new area of mobile phones in 1995.

Throughout my career, I have worked for organisations such as OPTUS, Primus Telecom, Motorola, various government roles and small businesses.

I have recently finished my Graduate Certificate in Business and currently run my own company that supplies IT management to the Department of Education Victoria and a mobile/radio antenna wholesale/retail business.  I also have my ITIL Certification, Prince 2 certification and am a certified trainer.

I enjoy contributing to the community and have been on various committees and councils, such as a local basketball club and school councils.

I am currently a member of the Director Institute and was looking for an opportunity to volunteer for a board, particularly with relation to my passions around IT and Privacy.  The EFA is exactly the type of board I would like to be on.

Intention

My intentions on the board of the EFA would be to assist with any ongoing projects and offer my experience in business, training, IT education and support where needed.

I believe there are opportunities to engage the community in the objects and purposes of EFA through expanding the events into possibly workshops (virtual and possibly in person when possible) and would be keen to work on creating this sort of program.

With a recent rekindled interest in all things audio, I’d like to see and be involved with an ongoing podcast, that can include audio replays of the “EFA Talks with” events as well as a regular “standard” style podcast.

I also intend to engage with my IT contacts  to promote membership and assist with fundraising however possible.