EFA Speak Outs: Discussing Digital Rights


EFA Speak Outs use Google Hangout On Air via our EFA Google+ page or our EFA YouTube channel to showcase local and international guests discussing and answering questions about a range of digital rights issues.

In the one hour timeslot our guest speaks for between 15 and 30 minutes on their specialist topic. The remaining time is devoted to live Q&A from EFA Board members and invited guests on the Hangout or your text questions from the Hangout Q&A plugin, Twitter, or Facebook.

We invite EFA members and other interested parties to apply to be a live participant in the Hangout. Please send all requests to: [email protected]

We also invite Twitter, Facebook, and Google+ participation, using the hashtag #efaspeakout. Relevant comments/questions will be relayed on air by the host.

Introducing Fair Use: Niva Elkin-Koren - 15th May 2014

Niva Elkin-Koren

Israel adopted a new copyright law in 2007, which included a shift from a British-style 'fair dealing' framework to an American-style 'fair use framework.

The Australian government is currently considering its response to the Australian Law Reform Commission's recent report, which recommends that Australian copyright law be shifted in the same manner.

We're therefore delighted that Niva Elkin-Koren is able to join us to share the benefit of Israel's experience, particularly as she was due to speak on this subject at the Australian Digital Alliance's copyright forum in Canberra in February, but was unfortunately unable to attend.

Niva is the founding director of the Haifa Center for Law & Technology (HCLT) and the former dean of the University of Haifa Faculty of Law. Her research focuses on the legal institutions that facilitate private and public control over the production and dissemination of information. She is currently focusing on studying the legal challenges arising from crowd management, exploring the changing nature of online intermediaries, and developing a comprehensive approach to user rights under copyright law. She is a co-founder of the Alliance of Israeli Institutions of Higher Education for Promoting Access to Scientific Materials which drafted a Code of Fair Use Best Practices for academic institutions in Israel.

Participate in this live Speak Out event, via YOUTUBE or GOOGLE+ on Thursday 15th May at:

  • 6:30pm AEST (NSW, VIC, QLD, TAS)
  • 6.00pm ACST (SA), NT)
  • 4.30pm AWST (WA)

Use the #efaspeakout hashtag to send in your questions, or email us at: [email protected]

If you can't attend live, you can watch this and all the other Speak Outs at any time on our Youtube channel.

Speak Out #4: Narelle Clark - 20th March 2014

Narelle ClarkNarelle is a long-standing Life Member of EFA and is currently the President of the Internet Society of Australia and sits on the Internet Society’s global Board of Trustees. Narelle has over 20 years’ experience in network engineering and management positions at Optus, Vodafone and universities, as well as consulting with state and federal governments, overseas telecommunications providers and aid agencies. Narelle also led research in networking technologies at CSIRO. Narelle's day job is as Deputy CEO and Director of Operations at the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN).

Narelle discussed a range of issues relating to infrastructure, surveillance and other challenges facing Australia.

Speak Out #3: Danny O'Brien - 11th Feburary 2014

Danny O'BrienAs part of TheDayWeFightBack EFA hosted our third Speak Out featuring Danny O'Brien, International Director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Danny is a veteran of over two decades fighting for digital rights and provides fascinating insights into previous and current campaigns against mass surveillance and other threats to digital rights around the world.

View the video and read the transcript from Speak Out #3.

Speak Out #2: Matthew Rimmer - 30th January 2014

Matthew RimmerEFA was joined by Dr Matthew Rimmer from the ANU College of Law for our second Speak Out event.

Dr Rimmer is a leading academic commentator on issues relating to intellectual property and international trade agreements. He will be discussing issues relating to copyright reform in Australia: remix culture, the maker movement, fair use, and the potential impact of international trade agreements such as the TPP.

View the video and read the transcript from Speak Out #2.

Speak Out #1: Scott Ludlam - 9th December 2013

Electronic Frontiers Australia was honoured to SpeakOutLudlamhost Australian Greens Senator Scott Ludlam as the first guest in our Speak Out event series.

Senator Ludlam has been one of Australia's strongest political voices for online rights. Senator Ludlam discussed a wide range of digital rights issues, some hot off the press from the day's Senate proceedings.

View the video and read the transcript from Speak Out #1.