Policy Team

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EFA's Policy Team is a key part of the organisation and is responsible for the development of all public policy statements, position papers, research proposals and other public policy-related outputs.

The Policy Team is formally constituted as a Standing Committee under the EFA Board. See the Standing Committees Policy [PDF] and the Terms of Reference for the Policy Committee [PDF].

Current Work

See the main Our Work page for the various issue areas we work on and to review recent submissions and other publications from the team.

The following Working Groups have been established within the Policy Team to focus on key policy issue areas:

Copyright and Censorship Working Group

Covers all issues relating to copyright and access to knowledge and information, including the introduction of fair use in Australia, the extension of the copyright safe harbour scheme and internet filtering activities.

Data Ethics Working Group

Covers a broad range of policy issues dealing with algorithmic bias, big data, data governance and social issues.

Internet Governance Working Group

Covers the evolving policies and mechanisms under which the Internet community’s many stakeholders make decisions about the development and use of the Internet.

Online Safety Working Group

Covers a broad range of policy issues dealing with online safety and technology-facilitated abuse.

Privacy Working Group

Covers all issues relating to digital privacy, including identity verification and management services and encryption technologies.

Policy Team Members

To contact the Policy Team, please use our Contact Form.

Policy Updates

Want to keep up to date with our work? You can subscribe to our Policy Updates using the form below. For our other mailing lists, please see our Subscribe page.



Join the Team

All EFA teams are open to applications from members with a relevant interest and/or expertise.

The teams work collaboratively using various platforms and formal meetings (online or off) are kept to an absolute minimum. The time commitment involved in joining a team will vary depending on what you're prepared and able to take on, but as a minimum, one hour per week or equivalent (such as one afternoon per month) is generally expected.

Before deciding whether to apply to join a team, please read this first: Volunteer Guidelines [PDF]

Then complete the new Volunteer form.

Academic Internships

The Policy Team has some capacity to supervise project-based academic internships (ie research work undertaken for credit). If you are interested in undertaking such a project with EFA, please complete our Volunteer form advising your area(s) of interest and timeframe.