ADM+S Announcement: Postdoctoral Research Fellows

We are pleased to announce the outcome of the first four Postdoctoral Research Fellows for the QUT node of the ADM+S.

Dr Henry Fraser – Law, Accountability, and Data Science

Henry completed his doctorate at the University of Oxford in 2018. His research interests include the governance and regulation of automated decision making systems – especially online platforms, copyright law, privacy law, consumer regulation and cybersecurity for the internet of things, legal technology, and the regulation of the development of artificial intelligence with a view to the long term future. He is particularly interested in ‘socio-technical’ regulatory systems at the intersection of law, technology, incentives, and the day to day practice of businesses and individuals.

Henry’s experience straddles the practical and the scholarly. He has more than 9 years’ experience as a practising lawyer, specialising in tech law, IP and privacy. He has practised both in a top tier firm, and an innovative, ‘new law’ practice. He was a leading contributor to, a multi-jurisdictional collection of open source contract clauses, designed to be incorporated by reference into contracts via hyperlinks. And he is a co-founded of Treescribe, a contract automation startup. Treescribe has released more than a dozen automated contract templates in three jurisdictions, as well as an interface for law firms and in-house teams to automate their own documents. He maintains active links with the legal profession and the legal technology community.

Henry is aligned with the Institutions and Data research programs. He will focus on undertaking research to help bridge the gap between data science practice, ethics, and legal obligations to mitigate risks. He will work closely with industry partners, including Max Kelsen, to help develop processes that are grounded in operational processes of data scientists.

Henry will commence on 6 April.


Dr Zahra Stardust – Governance, Accountability, and Equality in Automated Systems

Dr Zahra Stardust is a socio-legal scholar working at the intersections of sexuality, technology, law and social justice. Her doctoral research, which won the Dean’s award for Best PhD Thesis, examined the regulation of queer and feminist pornographies through criminal laws, classification codes, platform governance and the capitalist co-optation of sexual subcultures.

Over the last 15 years Zahra has worked in policy, advocacy, legal and research capacities with community organisations, NGOs and UN bodies on human rights in Australia and internationally. Zahra has taught in law, criminology, public policy, social research, gender studies and politics at the University of Sydney and the University of New South Wales. Recently, Zahra has worked on ARC funded projects exploring intoxication evidence in sexual assault trials, the policing of public order offences and the criminalisation of homelessness.

Zahra will be aligned to the Institutions research program, and will undertake research to investigate how automated systems can be held accountable against public interest standards.

Zahra will commence on 15 March.


Dr Rosalie Gillett – Critical Data Studies and Digital Methods

Since completing her PhD in QUT’s School of Justice in 2019, Rosalie has been a Research Associate and Research Fellow in QUT’s Creative Industries Faculty and Digital Media Research Centre. Rosalie’s research expertise includes online gender-based violence; the normalisation of abuse; and platform governance.

Her research particularly focuses on women’s experiences of harassment and abuse on dating apps; how toxic subcultures reinforce their social norms online; and digital platforms’ self-regulation practices. She was recently awarded a Facebook Content Governance grant to investigate how Facebook users circumvent content moderation policies.

Rosalie will be aligned to the Data research program, which explores the logics, infrastructures and flows of data in automated decision-making systems. She will contribute to a number of projects within the Centre, with a particular focus on developing and deploying tools and methods for public oversight of automated content curation and moderation in digital media environments.

Rosalie will commence on 9 February.


Dr Silvia Montaña-Niño – News and Media Focus Area

Silvia Montaña-Niño received her PhD in Digital Media from the Queensland University of Technology (2020), holds a MA in Politics and the Mass Media, University of Liverpool (UK), and a BA in Journalism and Social Communication from the Pontifical Xavierian University, Bogotá (Colombia).

Her research is focused on the influence of metrics and algorithms on journalistic newsgathering, production, and distribution. She also studies the evolution of digital journalism and the interdependencies between social media platforms and news outlets.

Silvia will undertake research with news and media workers at established and emerging outlets to understand the role of automation, algorithms, and data-driven approaches in personal professional practice, training, and career development, as well as strategic, institutional approaches to these emerging tools and technologies.

Silvia will commence on 11 January.