After several years of working (largely unpaid) building open data projects for financial and political transparency I am now focusing on journalism. As a freelance journalist I write about privacy, security, political influence, human rights and social issues. I have a degree in Sociology (the study of how power reproduces itself through every day interactions) and programming skills across multiple languages.
Prior to learning to program the full stack, I single-handedly raised and homeschooled my profoundly gifted son who began studying university at the age of 12 (via Open Universities Australia), went on campus at UNSW at 15 and began working full time as a programmer that same year. I have significant experience and knowledge of Australia's education systems, housing, poverty, inequality, technology and open data, and privacy.
I have contributed to policy (see Submissions below) and Australian financial and political transparency (see Testimonials below and Media) as well as playing a major role in the campaign against the last census.
Scott Ludlam - Former Senator for the Greens
My work raising awareness and engagement around the issues with the last census was acknowledged (along with others) by Scott Ludlam in parliament:
We could hear from digital rights organisations like the Privacy Foundation, Digital Rights Watch and Electronic Frontiers Australia and from specialist researchers like Rosie Williams and Asher Wolf, who have led the debate online.
too big to #CensusFail: https://t.co/ezUoItjm8u notes on a debacle and where to from here #auspol — Scott Ludlam (@SenatorLudlam) August 30, 2016
Bill McLennan - Former Head, Australian Bureau of Statistics
I was impressed by the #Censusfail submission to this (Inquiry) Committee. It very clearly showed some good analysis that would have helped the ABS to run a better Census if it had done such research before developing the Census proposal. It also saved me from explaining the current thrust in government with the Government Data Linkage Project, and its likely links to the Census. Bill McLennan (Former Head of the ABS, Former Chairman United Nations Statistical Commission) in his Submission to the 2016 Inquiry.
Garry Brooke - Former Director, Appropriations Management Team, Department of Finance
I’ve worked with Rosie Williams on budget data transparency since November 2013. Rosie has developed her project into the best government data transparency initiative I know... continually updated and improved to make underlying data intelligible and to focus on key aspects for analysis. My interest has particularly been on the transparency of federal budget data. [Rosie's project] is the best ongoing facility for reviewing and analysing spending data, especially by programme. Rosie's efforts have added significantly to the transparency of federal budget data. She has also become an important member of the non-government community who are trying to enable better and more informed use government data.
Submission (Number 138) to the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Cashless Debit Card) Bill 2017.
Submission (Number: 4) to the Privacy Amendment (Re-identification Offence) Bill 2016. My submission was referenced in the Final Report.
Submission (Number: 85) to the inquiry into the preparation, administration and management of the 2016 Census by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. My submission was referenced twice in the Final Report.
Submission (Number: 35) to the 2nd Open Government Partnership National Action Plan (2016).
Submission to the departmental Inquiry into the use of retained metadata in civil proceedings (2016).
Submission (Number: 239) to the Australian Productivity Commission Inquiry into Data Availability and Use (2016).