Public seminar featuring Dr Diarmaid Harkin: The Consumer Spyware Industry: An Australian-Based Analysis of the Threats of Consumer Spyware – Report Launch

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Title of the event: The Consumer Spyware Industry: An Australian-Based Analysis of the Threats of Consumer Spyware – Report Launch

Location: Deakin Downtown, Level 12, 727 Collins St, Melbourne

Time & Date: Thursday 22nd August 2019, 330pm to 5pm

Speaker: Dr Diarmaid Harkin, co-author of the report, and Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Deakin University

Discussion Panellists: 

Ms Karen Bentley, National Director for the Safety Net Australia Project, Women’s Services Network (WESNET)

Ms Rosalie O’Neale, Manager eSafety Women, The Office of the eSafety Commissioner

Ms Lilly Ryan, Board Member, Digital Rights Watch

Hosted by: Deakin Science and Society Network

Blurb: This event marks the launch of the ACCAN-funded report, The Consumer Spyware Industry: An Australian-Based Analysis of the Threats of Consumer Spyware, co-authored by Deakin University academics, Dr Adam Molnar and Dr Diarmaid Harkin. Invasive tools of surveillance known as ‘spyware’ are readily available to general consumers and can be used for many abusive and malicious purposes. This event reports on the findings of research into the consumer spyware industry that unpacks the threats that exist from commercially available spyware. Incorporating market analysis, technical analysis, and legal analysis, the threat of spyware is outlined, with particular focus placed on its implications for family and domestic violence. A presentation from Dr Diarmaid Harkin will be followed with a discussion with Ms Karen Bentley (WESNET), Ms Rosalie O’Neale (eSafety), and Ms Lilly Ryan (Digital Rights Watch).

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