High-Level Service to the Community and Professions

Presentations to the Standing Committee of Attorneys-General, 22 July, 2011, and the Standing Committee on Law and Justice, 13 April, 2012. In my capacity as ALRC Commissioner, I was invited by the Attorney-General of Australia – with ALRC President, Professor Rosalind Croucher – to present the findings of the ALRC Review of the National Classification Scheme to state and territory Attorneys-General.

Invited Panel Participant, GAME: The Politics of Play (2011). This was a public panel discussion on the content, classification and effect of video games, hosted by Macquarie ICT innovation and Macquarie University’s Interactive Media Institute on 27 October, 2011. Other participants included David Emery (Classification Branch, attorney-General’s Department), Associate Professor Jeffrey Brand (Bond University), Dr. Peter Chen (University of Sydney), and Paul Hunt (former Deputy Director of the Office for Film and Literature Classification).

Leadership of the South-East Queensland Bid Team for the 2016 International Communication Association conference to be held on the Gold Coast. The team consisted of representatives of four South-East Queensland universities (Queensland University of Technology, University of Queensland, Griffith University, Bond University), as well as the Gold Coast Convention Bureau. It involved working with senior academics from the four universities in preparing the bid document, hosting a site visit for the ICA Executive Director, Michael Haley, and representing the bid team at the 2011 ICA Conference in Boston, MA. While this bid was ultimately unsuccessful, it was ranked in the top two bids internationally.

Advising Global Communication and Social Change Division of the International Communication Association on the “Top Book” for 2011 in the field of Global Communication and Social Change.

Presentation to senior managers, Fairfax Digital (2010). As part of Smart Services CRC New Media Services Work Program, I presented the findings of research undertaken into user expectations of the Apple iPad and internal Fairfax manager understandings of the new device, at Fairfax Digital Head Office in Sydney on 15 September, 2010. Others involved in the presentation included Kate Morrison (Vulture Street Consulting), Tim Kastelle (University of Queensland Business School), and George Wright (Manager – Future Services, Fairfax Digital).

Presentation to staff at Special Broadcasting Service (2010). I was invited to present with Donald Cameron, who had worked on the ARC Linkage-Project on Citizen Journalsm evaluating SBS’s online news and current affairs strategies, at the SBS offices in Sydney on 26 May, 2010.

Panel participant, Journalism in the 21st Century: Between Globalisation and National Identity (2009), International Communication Association, Regional Conference, University of Melbourne, 16-17 July. I was invited to participate in the panel ‘Journalism in the New Digital Age: New Directions for National and International Media Outlets, with Christoph Lanz, Deutsche Welle, Berlin, Bruce Dover, Chief Executive ABC International TV, Sydney, and Valerio Veo, Executive Producer Online Current Affairs SBS, Sydney.

Submission to Department of Broadband, Communication and the Digital Economy Inquiry into the Future of National Broadcasting (2008). The submission was titled ‘Social Innovation, User-Created Content and the Future of the ABC and SBS as Public Service Media’, and was co-authored with Professor Stuart Cunningham (QUT), Dr. Axel Bruns (QUT) and Dr. Jason Wilson (University of Wollongong).

Presentation to Senior Product Managers, Sensis (2008). I was invited to present on 10 December, 2008 Senior Product Managers at Sensis in Melbourne on ‘Trends and Foresight in Digital Media’, as part of the Audience and Market Foresight Work Program of the Smart Services CRC.

Presentation to staff at Special Broadcasting Service (2008). I was invited to present with Georgina McClean, Manager, Policy and Research, SBS, and Ms. Heidi Lenffer, on ‘User-Generated Content and the Future of Public Broadcasting: A Case Study of the Special Broadcasting Service’ at the SBS Offices in Sydney on 9 December, 2008. Heidi Lenffer has completed a Master of Arts (Research) on UGC and SBS as part of the ARC Linkage-Project on Citizen Journalism, with Ms. McClean and myself as supervisors.

Invited participant, British Council Strategic Education Dialogues in South-East Asia, Education, Employability and the Creative Industries, Bandung, Indonesia, (2007), 29-30 October. I was one of 39 invited delegates from 10 countries to participate in this high-level roundtable on creative industries strategies in East Asia and their implications for education and employment in the arts, design and media.

Invited presentation to Democracy 2.0: Uses of Political Video in a User-Generated World (2007). I presented a paper on ‘What is Citizen Journalism?’ to this forum at the Judith Wright Centre, Brisbane, on September 14. The event was hosted by the Faculty of Law, QUT, the ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation, and the Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation.

Panel Convenor, Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR) Conference, Brisbane, Australia on ‘Online News Media and Citizen Journalism’ (2006), September 27-30. Presenters were: Tracey Benson (Australian National University), ‘Online Organising, Real World Responses, New World Consequences’; Axel Bruns (Queensland University of Technology), ‘From Reader to Writer: Citizen Journalism as New Produsage’; Anne Dunn (University of Sydney), ‘Conflicted Desire: When Professional Journalists meet Citizen Journalists’; Terry Flew (Queensland University of Technology),’New Media and Citizenship: The Challenge of Citizen Journalism to Traditional Models’; Stephen Quinn (Deakin University), ‘User-Generated Content and Journalism’.

Judge, 2005 CREAM Awards (2005). I was invited by the Advertising Federation of Australia to be a judge of the best electronic advertisements of 2004-2005, awarded as part of the 4um? Advertising and Design Asia Pacific, held at the Brisbane Powerhouse from October 4-7, 2005.

Open Content Licensing seminar, QUT (2005). I oversaw the development of a 90-second animation explaining the significance of “Creative Commons” licenses as an alternative to conventional copyright, as part of a project team involving Professor Brian Fitzgerald (School of Law, QUT), and students form the Communications Design and Media and Communications disciplines at QUT. This seminar took place at QUT in Brisbane on January 17-18, 2005, and featured Professor Lawrence Lessig (Stanford University) as Keynote Speaker.

Panel Participant, Brisbane Writers Festival (2003). I participated in the ‘New Media Debate’, held at the Cremorne Theatre on 5 October, 2003.

Panel Chair, Australia and New Zealand School of Government (2003). I chaired a panel for the Australia and New Zealand School of Government, held at South Bank, Brisbane on 13 November, 2003, on ‘Art, Culture and Identity’, with Marg O’Donnell (Director, Arts Queensland), Cathy Hunt (Positive Solutions), and David Prosser (Indigenous Cultural Exports Committee).

Panel Convenor, Australia and New Zealand Communications Association (ANZCA) Conference on ‘Indigenous Creative Communication’ (2003). This panel at the July 2003 ANZCA Conference at QUT, Brisbane involved leading indigenous creative communicators such as Tiga Bayles (4AAA, National Indigenous Radio Service), Brett Leavy (CEO, cyberdreaming.com), and Debra Bennet McLean (Queensland Community Arts Network). It was organised in collaboration with the Oodgeroo Unit at QUT.

Director, National Forum (2001-present).  This is a not-for profit organisation involved in promoting world’s best practice in Australian use of the Internet to expand the boundaries and possibilities of our democratic system. It publishes the eJournal Online Opinion, and is developing, in partnership with leading Australian institutions, a national non-partisan civic portal with comprehensive links to policy and resources for current affairs and policy issues.

Australian Broadcasting Authority (2000 – 2006). I worked with the ABA on organising work placements for two QUT students annually in the Policy and Research division during June-July.

Productivity Commission (1999). I made two written submissions to the Inquiry into Broadcasting, and appeared as an expert witness in Brisbane hearings on 20 May and 17 December. I also assisted the Commission in conducting its second Brisbane hearings at QUT on 17 December.

Senate Select Committee on Community Standards Relevant to the Supply of Services Utilising Electronic Technologies (1996). I made a submission to public inquiry, and participated in one-day seminar on the portrayal of violence in the electronic media at Parliament House, Canberra, on 29 November.