In my day job I am a lecturer in the Department of Internet Studies at Curtin University. I teach in the Internet Communications program and research and write about the internet. If you want to see more about my research and writing you can see it all here: http://www.cultware.com/publications.
I was first a member of the EFA Board and Treasurer in 2006, before moving to the United Kingdom for work. I re-joined the board in 2011, and again served as Treasurer. I have also worked on the organisation’s executive as Secretary, and briefly as the Vice Chair.
Away from EFA I am an active member of the Non-Commercial Users Constituency (NCUC) for the Internet Corporation for Assigning Names and Numbers (ICANN). I serve as a judge for the Australian Web Awards. I am an active volunteer with Save the Children, Western Australia and have advised the organisations in regards to social media policy at a national level. I also often provide advice in the community, particularly in relation to people with disability and the internet including the Australian Society for Intellectual Disability (ASID) WA division, the West Australian Association for Academic Language and Learning and the Western Australian Disability Service Commission. I am a founding member of the Brighton Surf Life-Saving Club and a former Vice Chair and trustee of the organisation.
These are important times for EFA to be an active and effective organisation, particularly in the face of the renewed push to monitor and regulate people’s online activities by the current government. I am hoping to be re-elected to the board this year. I can contribute both my professional experience as an academic who deals directly with the internet and the politics of its regulation and governance, and also as a relatively long standing member of the EFA board with considerable knowledge of the operation and history of the organisation. I think the organisation has developing significantly over the last 4 years since I re-joined the board, and I would like the opportunity to continue to be an active part of that development.