Day 1 – Conference
Content, program and breakout discussions
Times (AEST) Theme Description
9:00am – 9:30am

(NetThing Steering Committee member)

+ Opening remarks

Acknowledgement of Country

Background and purpose of NetThing

Outline of Program for the 2 days

How participants can access, comment and engage

Thanks to sponsors

Thanks to steering committee

Handover to first session


9:30am 10:45am


The Growing Role Of Digital Platforms In Our Economy — How Are Governments Responding And How Should They? Location: 100% Online

Format: Panel + discussion

The major transnational digital platforms have achieved a level of ubiquity and market dominance which may be unprecedented in the global economy. Governments around the world (e.g. Europe with the GDPR; Australia’s response to the ACCC’s recommendations; and recent Congressional hearings in the USA) are starting to respond. At least some of these Governments are looking at rules-based systems in an attempt to level the playing field. For their part, the platforms themselves are responding, often positively, to some of these. This panel will look at what is happening and explore what should happen.

Coffee break
11:00am 12:15pm
Information, Misinformation and Disinformation Location: Queensland and Online

Format: Panel

Format: PanelThis panel will explore the complex nature of infodemics and the role played by algorithms, Big Data, influencers, and social media that thrives on viralities and all varieties of information flows. Featuring prominent journalists and social media experts, it will provide a snapshot of contemporary concerns over infodemics and, as importantly, emerging solutions to what most believe is a free for all.

Who is responsible for solutions and what can be done to curb those who believe that a dose of bleach is an antidote to Covid19 or that fit young adults are immune to Covid19? What appetite is there for regulation following the ACCC’s report, cyber security issues and many moral panics over social media’s deep impact on society, politics, economics and privacy? And how does one redeem trust in information and in the purveyors of information that is a vital to our democracy? Does our wounded and battered legacy journalism have a continuing role to play in the provisioning of objective information? Or do we simply have to leave our information pasts behind and embrace new possibilities for story telling.

1:00pm 2:15pm
Internet Infrastructure Security Location: 100% Online

Format: Panel

The internet functions as an interconnection of networks across the globe with thousands of co-operating firms and many non-government bodies maintaining standards and obligations.  Yet, it has become an essential service like water and electricity in the developed world and even surpassing that in some developing countries.

We attempt to answer: How secure is the (Australian) infrastructure that overlies the internet, who maintains that and what are the current problems and solutions.

Coffee break
2:30pm 3:30pm
Gaming Our Future: Emerging Technology and the future of internet governance in Australia Location: 100% Online

Format: Panel

This panel and Q&A explores how emerging technologies, such as blockchain, artificial intelligence (AI) and automation, may influence the Internet for Australians, and how people can get involved.

Coffee break
3:45pm 5:15pm
Censorship & Expression Online: whose voices are amplified and whose are silenced? Location: Online

Format: Panel Discussion

The Internet and social media are often framed as a place in which people have an opportunity to be heard, find and build communities and express themselves freely. Yet marginalised voices continue to face disproportionate harassment and silencing online. In this panel we will explore the causes and impact of algorithmic bias, the tension between content moderation, policing and censorship, and the impact of US legislation such as SESTA/FOSTA and EARNIT within an Australian context.


This session will highlight the ongoing role that the internet community can play in reducing harm in digital spaces.

Wrap up