Privacy Awareness Week (PAW) 2017 is almost here which means the team at CryptoAUSTRALIA are busy finalising Sydney's largest PAW event.

'Privacy Awareness Week' is a week dedicated to increasing the awareness of privacy issues and promoting general education and discussion relating to information privacy. PAW 2017 will be held between the 15th-19th May with the theme announced as "Trust and Transparency".

CryptoAUSTRALIA is an official PAW 2017 partner of The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) and is looking forward to bringing Sydney's privacy-focussed community together for the event: a screening of the thought-provoking documentary 'The Power of Privacy' followed by a roundtable discussion (panellists are announced below) of themes relevant to the movie and PAW 2017.

Further information and tickets are available from

About the movie

The Power of Privacy: In this documentary, Aleks Krotoski (The Guardian) travels the world to undergo challenges that explore our digital life in the 21st century.

About the Panellists

The panellists for the discussion include:

Dr Suelette Dreyfus - Blueprint for Free Speech

Dr Suelette Dreyfus is the Executive Director of Blueprint for Free Speech. Suelette’s career has spanned academia, journalism and activism. She is a specialist in privacy technologies, Internet freedoms and media integrity.

Dr Dreyfus was a staff writer at Australia’s largest selling newspaper, and subsequently her work has appeared in The Independent (London), The Guardian, The Australian, The Age, Sydney Morning Herald, Good Weekend Magazine and a number of technology publications and peer-reviewed academic journals.

Professor Brian Martin - Whistleblowers Australia

Professor Brian Martin is a social scientist at the University of Wollongong, Australia. He is the author of 15 books and hundreds of articles on nonviolent action, dissent, scientific controversies, democracy, tactics against injustice, and other topics.

Professor Martin is vice president of Whistleblowers Australia and hosts a large website on the suppression of dissent:

Jon Lawrence - Electronic Frontiers Australia

Jon Lawrence has 20 years of experience in the software and internet service sectors and has been working for EFA since 2012. His interests include resisting mass surveillance, protecting privacy and freedom of speech, promoting copyright law reform and bridging digital divides. Mr Lawrence has a Master of International Relations from the University of Melbourne.

David Vaile - Australian Privacy Foundation

David Vaile is co-convenor, Cyberspace Law and Policy Community at UNSW Law. His background is in law, IT and communications. His research interests include e-security and IT risk management, personal safety online, digital content regulation, privacy and data protection, communications confidentiality and personal information security, jurisdictional issues, copyright and digital IP, e-health records, and user-centred design.

Mr Vaile is a former member of Information Security World Advisory Board, former chair of a network of community legal services, the member of the Internet Society of Australia policy committee, and board member of the Australian Privacy Foundation.

More to be announced in the coming weeks


Tickets are now available from

Privacy Awareness Week

Further information on PAW 2017 and this year's theme is available from the official website of PAW:


CryptoAUSTRALIA is a not for profit organisation run by volunteers that organise regular privacy-focused talks and hands-on events. Visit the website to learn more about other events.