Netsafe and the Australian Office of the eSafety Commissioner are proud to co-host our 2019 Trans-Tasman online safety conference in Sydney, Australia from 11-13 September 2019.

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Netsafe and the Australian Office of the eSafety Commissioner co-hosted The Crossroads 2018 Trans-Tasman Online Safety Conference on 10-11 October 2018. The theme of the conference was The Crossroads: Where online safety, education, entertainment, regulation, enforcement, technology and wellbeing intersect. There were over 200 delegates at the conference including representation from online content creators, education, government, law enforcement and industry.

In 2017, Netsafe and the Australian Office of the eSafety Commissioner co-hosted the Online Safety on the Edge Trans-Tasman conference in Sydney, Australia.

The Crossroads 2018 Trans-Tasman Online Safety Conference

 

Tessy Ojo, CEO at The Diana Awards – In the Meantime

Anja Dinhopl, Research Manager at Facebook – Is Spending Time on Social Media Good or Bad for Us?

Rachel Madden, Public Policy Analyst at Google – Dealing with sensitive content on YouTube – A behind the scenes view

Justin Patchin, Professor of Criminal Justice at University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire – Teen Technology Use and Misuse: Issues from America.

Shamubeel Eaqub, economist and author – The economic effects of online harm.

   

Michael Berson, Professor and Chair of Department of Teaching and Learning &
Ilene Berson, Professor of Early Childhood at University of South Florida
– The intersection of fake news & cyber security.

Georgie Harman, CEO of Beyond Blue – Technology and Mental Health: How the problem can become the solution

 

Conference Programme:

Wednesday 10th October

8am – Registrations open

8.45am – Pōwhiri

9am – Minister’s welcome

9.10am – Setting the agenda for The Crossroads
Martin Cocker (CEO Netsafe) and Julie Inman Grant (eSafety Commissioner)

9.30am – In the meantime
Tessy Ojo (CEO of Diana Award)

10am – The economic effect of online harm
Shamubeel Eaqub (economist and author).

10.30am – Morning tea

11am – Controlling the content
Regulation, age verification and other approaches to controlling pornography and adult online content.
David Shanks (Chief Censor)
Julie Inman Grant (eSafety Commissioner)
Nicki Denholm (Project Director, The Light Project)
Sam Yorke (Public Policy & Government Relations, Google)
Keryn Tubbs (Sticks n Stones)

11am – In the Meantime: A practical session focusing on tackling hate speech using a peer to peer approach
Building empathy and digital resilience to support young people.
Tessy Ojo (CEO, The Diana Award)
Louisa Bartolo (Anti-Bullying Project Manager, The Diana Award)

11am – Women’s online experience
Addressing gendered abuse and technology-facilitated abuse.
Annaliese Johnston (Advocacy and Policy Manager, Amnesty International)
Mengzhu Fu (National Youth Coordinator, Shakti)
Dr Hannah Burgess (Policy Analyst, Ministry for Women)
Helen Campbell (Executive Officer, Women’s Legal Services New South Wales)
Emma Barker-Clarke (Educator, Shine)
Kara-dee Morden (National Trainer, Shine)

12pm – Online security meets online safety
When security needs safety.
Dr Michael Berson (Professor and Chair, Department of Teaching and Learning at University of South Florida)
Rob Pope (Director, Computer Emergency Response Team New Zealand)
Paula Gair (Founder, Deriskme)

12pm – The disruption of online harm through partnership
Exploring harm disruption through legal, industry, partnership & grass-roots approaches.
Ben Thomas (Legal Advisor, Netsafe)
Karla Sanders (Director, Sticks n Stones)
Mia Garlick (Head of Policy and Communications – Australia & New Zealand, Facebook)
Kathryn Tremlett (UK Safer Internet Centre)
Stephanie Charles (Chief Customer Officer, Star Now)

12pm – Culture and context online
Cultural norms, values and world views in online spaces.
Karaitiana Taiuru (General Manager at Te Rūnanga o Arowhenua)
Lani Wendt Young (author)
Leilani Fina’i Clarke (Manager Suicide Prevention, Le Va)
Nalei Taufa (Project Lead Researcher, Le Va)
Kate Monckton (General Manager Security Influence and Privacy Engagement at nbn Australia)

1pm – Lunch

1.45pm – Intersection of Fake News and Cybersecurity
The roles and responsibilities for managing fake news and its consequences.
Dr Michael Berson (Professor and Chair, Department of Teaching and Learning at University of South Florida)
Dr Ilene Berson (Professor of Early Childhood, University of South Florida)

2.30pm – I know something you don’t know
The latest research in the online safety space from around the region.

David Shanks (Chief Censor)
Joseph Di Gregorio (Manager, Research and Data Analysis, Office of the eSafety Commissioner)
Neil Melhuish (Director of Policy and Research, Netsafe)
Amanda Third (Principal Research Fellow, Western Sydney University)
Linda Barry (General Manager Programs, Alannah & Madeline Foundation)

3.30pm – Afternoon tea

4pm – Teen Technology Use and Misuse – Issues from America
Contemporary issues in online safety with a focus on cyberbullying, digital self-harm, and image-based abuse in young people.
Dr Justin Patchin (Professor of Criminal Justice, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire)

4.30pm – Dealing with sensitive content on YouTube – A behind the scenes view
An overview of how Google reviews content at scale, with examples of sensitive content uploaded and the steps taken to address it.
Rachel Madden, Public Policy Analyst at Google.

5.30pm – Cocktail event

Thursday 11th October

7.30am – AGM breakfast

8am – Netsafe AGM

9am – Welcome back
Martin Cocker (CEO Netsafe) and Julie Inman Grant (eSafety Commissioner)

9.30am – Is Spending Time on Social Media Good or Bad for Us?
An overview of Facebook’s insights in to, and work to promote well-being, particularly with respect to young people, when they are online.
Anja Dinhopl (Research Manager, Facebook)

10am – Understanding the balance – free speech, counter speech and hate speech
Balancing freedom of expression, healthy public discourse and harm mitigation.
John Edwards (Privacy Commissioner)
Laura O’Connell-Rapira (Director, Action Station)
Distinguished Professor Paul Spoonley (Pro Vice-Chancellor – College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Massey University)
John Hancock (Senior Legal Advisor, Human Rights Commission)
Kara Hinesley (Head of Public Policy and Government Affairs, Australia and New Zealand, Twitter)

11am – Morning tea

11.30am – eGaming – Who’s not having fun?
It’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt. What can industry standards and game design do to help? 
Stephen Knightly (Managing Director, InGame)
Maru Nihoniho (Managing Director, Metia Interactive)
Jason Spiller (Marketing Specialist, Gaming and Esports HP)
Raelene Knowles (Communications and Member Services Manager, IGEA)

11.30am – Two countries, two acts, two years
Reflecting on two years of the Harmful Digital Communications Act and Enhancing Online Safety for Children Act (Australia & NZ).
Judge David Harvey (District Court Judge)
Helen O’Toole (Director of Operations, Netsafe)
Maria Vassiliadis (Executive Manager, Office of the eSafety Commissioner)

11.30am – Too scared or not scared enough? Digital parenting
Engaging and educating parents to manage online safety challenges.
Dr Edgar Pacheco (Research Analyst, Netsafe)
Joseph Di Gregorio (Manager, Research and Data Analysis, Office of the eSafety Commissioner)
Cara Webber (Senior Education Advisor, Office of the eSafety Commissioner)
Andrew Cowie (Deputy Principal, Upper Harbour Primary School)

12.30pm – Hyper-connectivity and identity formation
The effects of hyper-connectivity and the influence of digital media on identity formation for young people.
Dr Pani Farvid (Senior Lecturer – Department of Psychology, AUT University)
Toni Duder (Communications Manager, Rainbow Youth)
Dr Amanda Third (Principal Research Fellow, Western Sydney University)
Dani Weber (Program Manager, Project ROCKIT)

12.30pm – Trans-national challenges and jurisdiction
The jurisdictional landscape when people, services and laws exist separately across borders
John Edwards (Privacy Commissioner)
Judge David Harvey (District Court Judge)
Toby Dagg (Manager – Content Investigations and Law Enforcement Liason, Office of the eSafety Commissioner)
John Michael (Online Child Exploitation Across New Zealand, Police)
Anchali Anandanayagam (Partner, Hudson Gavin Martin)

12.30pm – Combatting image based sexual abuse
Exploring approaches from the NZ, UK & AUS – what’s working and future challenges.
Maria Vassiliadis (Executive Manager, Office of the eSafety Commissioner)
Dr Nicola Henry (Associate Professor and Principal Research Fellow in the Centre for Global Research, RMIT University)
Kathryn Tremlett (UK Safer Internet Centre)
David Kirby (Manager Adult Sexual Assault and Child Protection, NZ Police)
Hannah Clayden (Adult Sexual Assault and Child Protection, NZ Police)

1.30pm – Lunch

2.30pm – Technology and Mental Health: How the problem can become the solution
Georgie Harman (CEO, Beyond Blue)

3pm – The future is…bleak or brilliant?
Rick Shera (Partner, Lowndes Jordan)
Anchali Anandanayagam (Partner, Hudson Gavin Martin)
Jon Duffy (Assistant Commissioner, Policy & Operations, Office of the Privacy Commissioner)
Ross Young (Senior Manager – Public Policy and Government Affairs, Google)
Dr Panteá Farvid (Senior Lecturer – Department of Psychology, AUT University)

3.45pm – Wrapping up
Martin Cocker (CEO, Netsafe)
Julie Inman Grant (eSafety Commissioner)

Online Safety on the Edge – Sydney, Australia 2017

Confronting Online Harm Together – Auckland, New Zealand 2016