Victorian Fabians Spring Series - Digitisation and Democracy


Melbourne Multi Cultural Hub
506 Elizabeth St
Melbourne, Victoria 3000
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August 30, 2017 at 6pm - 8:30pm


Digitisation of government data: democratic benefits and possible costs

Feeling a little bamboozled by wonky terms such as digitisation, open government data, Big Data and data mining? Somewhat uneasy about how such tools and technologies may change our democracy and increase inequality within the electorate?

Don’t worry – The Fabians have two excellent speakers lined up for the first night in our Spring Series who are well versed in this subject and skilled in distilling its complexities. This will be both a stimulating and essential discussion for people interested in the future of the Australian political system.

Professor Janet McCalman from the Centre of Health Equity at University of Melbourne has made a significant contribution to the study of Australian history, especially medical history, historical population health, social health and demography. She has called her talk From Clinical Material to Big Data.

Chris Culnane is a Research Fellow in the Department of Computing and Information Systems, University of Melbourne. He is interested in matters such as how the notion of open government data has morphed in recent times into the more general concept of open data and important questions about who owns such data, how it should be collected and what are the risks posed to privacy etc should it be released.

The second in the Fabians Spring Series will consider Digital Manipulation of Democracy and is on Wednesday 27 September 2017 at the Multicultural Hub. The third in the series will be on How Can Digitisation Benefit Democracy and will take place on Wednesday 25 October 2017. Speakers are yet to be finalised.