EVENT: Google Rules – Examining the Concentration of Private Power in the Digital Environment

DATE: 24 April     TIME: 2.30pm – 4.00pm

Google Rules: Examining the Concentration of Private Power in the Digital Environment

Joanne Gray is a Lecturer in the Creative Industries Faculty and a Chief Investigator at the Digital Media Research Centre. Gray is an interdisciplinary early career academic working at the intersection of the creative industries, technology and law. For the past 15 years, she has also worked in the Australian music industry, predominantly as an artist manager. Her recent monograph, Google Rules: The History and Future of Copyright Under the Influence of Google, published by Oxford University Press, consolidates her professional experience and research expertise to examine the centralisation of private power in the digital environment.

Gray is currently leading research projects investigating automated decision-making on YouTube, content moderation on Facebook, approaches to ethical machine learning in practice, and digital copyright law and governance.

In this talk, she will discuss how her research agenda is underpinned by an assessment that maintaining democratic social and political systems requires confronting the power of the multinational corporations that dominate the digital environment and their increasing development and deployment of machine learning-enabled technologies. She will also reflect on the challenges of interdisciplinary early career research.

This event will be held online using Blackboard Collaborate Ultra: https://au.bbcollab.com/guest/8f78905cddc0481db8333ae2781ea355