Bytes & Rights: Perth, 3-4 April 2017

Bytes & Rights 2017 is being held as part of the Festival of the Web, an 8-day series of international conferences in early April in Perth.

Bytes and Rights is a conference focused on the many issues around how society responds to changing technology, especially technology related to the Internet.

We will discuss legal, policy, regulatory and social responses to issues such as human rights, intellectual property enforcement, security and harassment. We aim to bring together experts including academics, lawyers, commercial practitioners, technologists, and civil society groups in a open dialog that cuts across specific disciplines.

See our Bytes & Rights page for more information.


Chapter Launches

We're launching chapters around the country. See our Chapters Page for more information.

EFA Speak Outs

EFA Speak Outs: Discussing Digital Rights are a series of regular events showcasing local and international guests discussing and answering questions about a range of digital rights issues.

Previous Events

RightsTalk: Human Rights Commission, 24th March 2015 - SydneyAHRC logo

EFA Executive Officer Jon Lawrence speaks at the Australian Human Rights Commission about The Digital Rights Agenda.

Watch the video from this event.

Stop Data Retention event, 29th October 2014 - Parliament House, Canberra

Senators Scott Ludlam, Nick Xenophon & David Leyonhjelm hosted an event at Parliament House in Canberra that featured dozens of civil society and industry players who share an opposition to mandatory data retention legislation.

Listen to the audio from this event.

The Privacy Workshop, 17th October 2014 - Melbourne

TPWEFA was very proud to support Electron Workshop in the hosting of the first edition of The Privacy Workshop, a world class symposium on digital privacy, rights, and access featuring a range of respected speakers and thought leaders.

Video from this event will be available soon.


Data Retention: the European experience, 15th October 2014 - Sydney

In conjunction with the Australian Privacy Foundation and Privacy International (PI), EFA presented Carly Nyst, PI's Legal Director in conversation with Australia's favourite mononymist Stilgherrian.

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They discussed a range of issues relating to privacy around the world, with a particular focus on the European experience with mandatory data retention.

Read Stilgherrian's op-ed for ZDNet, based on this conversation:
Will metadata musings ever mature beyond paranoid fears?

Listen to Stilgherrian's Corrupted Nerds podcast which is a lightly edited version of this conversation:
Conversations 12: Metadata & surveillance with Carly Nyst

Julian Burnside: 11th October 2014 - Brisbane

In conjunction with Queensland Council for Civil Liberties, this event featured leading Human Rights lawyer Julian Burnside AO QC, who was introduced by Carly Nyst, Legal Director of Privacy International.

Listen to the audio for this event.

Citizens, Not Suspects: 11th September 2014 - Canberra

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EFA's Jon Lawrence moderated an expert panel discussion about data retention and mass surveillance. Panel members included:

Listen to the audio for this event.

Citizens, Not Suspects: 4th September 2014 - Melbourne

Fairfax Media's Technology Editor Lia Timson moderated an expert panel discussion about data retention and mass surveillance. Panel members:

Video to be posted shortly.

Citizens, Not Suspects: 19th August 2014 - Sydney

Leading technology journalist Stilgherrian moderated an expert panel discussion about data retention and mass surveillance. Panel members:


The explosion in mass surveillance and what we can do about it: Jillian York in conversation with Bernard Keane: 24th July 2014 - Melbourne

Edited video below.

Mass Surveillance, Digital Privacy and You: 8th July 2014 - Melbourne

In collaboration with ThoughtWorks and Electron Workshop, EFA presents a free hands-on workshop 'Mass Surveillance, Digital Privacy and You' to be held at ThoughtWorks Melbourne offices - learn how to use practical privacy tools - BYO laptop!

Creating the Web We Want: 17th June 2014

A thought-provoking examination of privacy issues vital to the future of digital freedom. Speakers included Senator Scott Ludlam, EFA's Jon Lawrence, along with Lindy Stephens, Keith Dodds and Tom Sulston from ThoughtWorks Australia.

The Day We Fight Back

11th February 2014

EFA kicks off 20th Anniversary celebrations

Perth, 10th January 2014

Celebrate Internet Freedom Day

18th January 2013

The War on The Internet

Melbourne, 21st January 2012

Wild West Forum

Melbourne, 25th June 2010



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