2020 Conversations- Critical junctures: Reimagining regulatory governance (Webinar 1: Data)

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Date & time

Tuesday 06 October 2020


Online Event


Professor Kathryn Henne, Assistant Professor Natasha Tusikov, Jenna Harb, Associate Professor Julia Powles


School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet)

This is the first webinar in the 2020 Conversations- Critical junctures: Reimagining regulatory governance webinar series.

Webinar 1 - Data

Tuesday 6 October | 10:30am - 12:00pm

From the COVIDSafe app and epidemiological modelling to remote working and online health consultations, responses to the pandemic reflect a widespread and varied embrace of digital technologies. Accordingly, the methods of managing the massive disruptions to daily life have generated huge amounts of data. Accompanying data creation are wider patterns of note: growing reliance on technosocial infrastructure, new modes of population governance and the exponential rise of Big Tech firms in market share. This panel brings together experts who have studied disruptive technologies, internet governance and surveillance, with the aim of analysing the implications of these interconnected trends, particularly as they manifest against the backdrop of inequalities exacerbated by the pandemic. In reflecting on these patterns and relationships, the panellists identify critical governance challenges moving forward and changing regulatory dynamics.


Julia Powles is Associate Professor of Law and Technology at the University of Western Australia. She is an expert in privacy, intellectual property, internet governance, and the law and politics of data, automation, and artificial intelligence. Regularly consulted in these areas by governmental agencies and lawmakers in North America and Europe, Julia is now focused on Asia-Pacific and the Indian Ocean Rim as sites for innovation in tech regulation and governance. She has a particular interest in stimulating health, energy, and bioscience innovation in a way that safeguards the public interest.

Natasha Tusikov is an Assistant Professor in the Criminology Program in the Department of Social Science at York University in Toronto. Her research examines the intersection among law, crime, technology, and regulation. She is the author of Chokepoints: Global Private Regulation on the Internet (University of California Press, 2017). She is also co-editor, with Blayne Haggart and Kathryn Henne, of Information, Technology and Control in a Changing World: Understanding Power Structure in the 21st Century. (Palgrave, 2019).

Jenna Harb is a PhD candidate at the School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet). She holds a Bachelor’s degree in legal studies and business, as well as a Master’s degree in sociology—both from the University of Waterloo. Jenna also completed three years of a PhD before transferring to RegNet under the Australian Government Research Training Program International Scholarship. Her research areas of interest are surveillance, science and technology studies (STS), social assistance, and social justice. Guided by insights from regulatory studies, STS, and critical humanitarian studies, Jenna’s dissertation examines how social assistance and humanitarian aid are being delivered in Lebanon. Given sustained crises in Lebanon—such as economic collapse, divisive politics, COVID-19, and the aftermath of the explosion in Beirut—her research tracks how social welfare systems have adapted to challenges over time. Of particular interest, Jenna seeks to understand how technologies and digitalization contribute to relief efforts for in-need populations in the Middle East.

(Chair) Kathryn (Kate) Henne is a Professor at the School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet), where she currently serves as Director. An interdisciplinary scholar, her research interests are concerned with how science and technology contribute to the governance of persons and populations. Her research and publications span a range of issues, including biometric surveillance, criminological knowledge production, human enhancement and well-being, regulatory science, and technologies of policing. She also leads RegNet’s Justice and Technoscience (JusTech) Lab, which brings together scholars from leading universities in Australia and overseas to study regulatory strategies for the advancement of more just and equitable approaches to the governance of science and technology.

Other events in the 2020 Conversations webinar series:

Event 2 - Virus

Tuesday 13 October | 12:30pm - 2:00pm

View event details and register here

Event 3 - Corporations

Tuesday 20 October | 12:30pm - 2:00pm

View event details and register here

Event 4 - Complexity

Tuesday 27 October | 12:30pm - 2:00pm

View event details and register here

Updated:  10 August 2017/Responsible Officer:  Director, RegNet/Page Contact:  Director, RegNet