To provide ongoing support to my workshop participants and do outreach to women online, in mid 2017 I created the Facebook group, Ditigal Self Defence for Women. The group is women only and keeps women abreast of developings in privacy relevant to them as women or parents.
In August 2017 I created a site to facilitate awareness and discussion among privacy and open data advocates of the Prodcutivity Commission's Data Availability & Use Report. The Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet currently has a taskforce working on a whole of government response to the recommendations presented by the Productivity Commission. The Productivity Commission recommends a new legislative and governance framework aimed at allowing the sharing of administrative and consumer data between agencies, jurisdictions, industries and sectors.
In the latter part of 2016 I organised two privacy themed events for Open Knowledge Foundation, Melbourne. The first focused on the criminalisation of re-identification research in the wake of the scandal that erupted due to the government releasing improperly de-identified Medicare and PBS records as open data on data.gov.au.
I organised for Dr Chris Culnane and Dr Vanessa Teague from the University of Melbourne to speak to a combined audience of Open Knowledge Foundation members and Data Science Melbourne meetup members on the issue, explaining what constitutes re-identification of open data under the law, a topic which of relevance to both the open data/hackfest/data and privacy communities.
Following this, the government announced a departmental inquiry into the use of communications metadata in civil cases. I organised for an event through Open Knowledge Foundation hosting Jon Lawrence from Electronic Fronteirs Australia to inform the public of what this meant and encourage and inform submissions to the inquiry.
In early 2017 I founded the Sydney Citizen Journalism meetup. In three months the meetup has gained over 180 members, secured an ongoing venue with sponshorship (from Defence whistleblower Evan Donaldson) and run two formal events, Business Models for Better Journalism (featuring three professional journalists) and Get Ready to GovHack featuring Angela Chan from Hackathons Australia & myself also speaking on how to request release of open data.