Speakers

Adele Ferguson


Adele Ferguson is a multi-award winning senior business writer and columnist for leading newspapers, The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald and the Australian Financial Review. She is a regular guest reporter on ABC's Four Corners and ABC 7:30. She is the author of the best selling unauthorised biography on Gina Rinehart, the richest woman in Australia. With more than 20 years in journalism, Adele carries a reputation as one of Australia’s most awarded journalists.

Her investigations go behind corporate spin and expose corporate wrongdoing. Some of her exposes include the 7-Eleven wage fraud scandal which so far has resulted in compensation payments of more than $150 million to thousands of vulnerable foreign workers and changes to the law. She has also exposed wage fraud inside other franchise giants including Domino's and Caltex and helped trigger a parliamentary inquiry into the $170 billion franchise sector.

Her journalism awards include eight Walkley awards including the Gold Walkley for her Four Corners program Banking Bad, two Gold Quill Awards, two Gold Kennedy Awards, a Logie and the Graham Perkin Journalist of the year. In 2019 Adele was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia (AM).


Alex McClaren


Alex McLaren is a mixed media melbourne based artists. His work includes, Stopmotion animation, documentary photography and has made over 30 music videos for local and international bands.


Areej Nur


Areej Nur is a radio producer, presenter and educator. She is also co-founder of the podcast network Broadwave. Most of Areej’s work seeks to support women of colour, particularly black women, to be at the forefront of conversations about media, arts, race and feminism in Australia.


Baya Ou Yang


Baya is a Social Media Coordinator at Milkbar Digital. She loves creating digital content and brainstorming strategies with the team. On weekends, you’ll find her falling down the YouTube spiral, cultivating the perfect Spotify playlist and taking too many photos of her pup, Lemon.


Bella Kranjec


Bella Kranjec has spent the last three years coordinating the marketing channels for Melbourne’s Corner Group. Coordinating the digital marketing networks for live music venues Corner Hotel, Northcote Social Club and Richmond pub The National Hotel, her primary role involves the implementing of all venue marketing and promotional initiatives, coordinating all marketing for non music related events, managing and growing all venue databases and social media networks, managing venue newsletters, coordinating ticketing promotion including liaising with event organisers to assist in the coordination of their campaigns, sourcing, printing and distributing show and non-music event artwork, coordinating street press & radio advertising, managing board listings/feature boxes and the creation and evaluation of all promotional ideas and solutions relating to the venues.

With a focus on tailored content creation, collection and curation, Bella specialises in strategy, planning and output of the online profiles, sponsored content and offline public relations for the group.


Ben McKenzie


Ben McKenzie is a performer, writer, game designer and nerd for all seasons. He’s written and performed stand-up, sketch comedy, theatre and late night museum tours. He co-created time travel comedy Night Terrace, as heard on BBC radio, and co-hosts the monthly Terry Pratchett book club podcast Pratchat. His games include the hit live bank heist adventure Small Time Criminals, Table of Tales: The Crooked Crown on PlayStation VR, and the upcoming Amateur Hour Apocalypse, a tabletop roleplaying game. He has managed or consulted on Pozible and Kickstarter campaigns which have collectively crowdfunded over $185,000 for independent arts projects, both his own and those of others. His favourite dinosaur is Stegosaurus. He tweets at @McKenzie_Ben.


Daniella Trimboli


Dr Daniella Trimboli is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation at Deakin University.  Previously, Daniella was a Research Fellow at the Research Unit in Public Cultures at the University of Melbourne and taught in Cultural Studies and Australian Studies at The University of Melbourne and Flinders University respectively.  Digital and artistic representations of migration frequently form the sites for her research on multiculturalism, diaspora studies, and critical race theory.  Her first book, Mediating Multiculturalism: Digital Storytelling and The Everyday Ethnic (working title) is due to be published in late 2019 (Anthem Press).  She is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Intercultural Studies.


Elinor Carmi


Elinor Carmi is a digital rights advocate, feminist, researcher and journalist who has been working, writing and teaching on deviant media, internet standards, (cyber)feminism, sound studies and internet governance.

Her second monograph will be out by the end of 2019 titled "Digital Distortions: Understanding the Power Behind Spam, Noise, and Other Deviant Media", published on Digital Formation, Steve Jones' series at Peter Lang publishing. Currently Elinor is a Postdoc Research Associate in digital culture and society, at Liverpool University, UK, working on several ESRC and AHRC projects and part of the Nuffield Foundation funded project Me and My Big Data: Developing UK Citizens Data Literacies.

At the moment she is working on two special issues: for Theory, Culture & Society together with Brittany Paris about 'Redesigning Time', and for the Internet Policy Review together with Simeon Yates about 'what digital literacy mean today'. Before academia, Elinor worked in the EDM industry in various labels, was a radio broadcaster and a music television editor. In 2013, she published a book about the Israeli Psytrance culture titled "TranceMission: The Psytrance Culture in Israel 1989-1999" (Resling Publishing).


Estelle Boyle


Estelle Boyle is a PhD Candidate in Media and Communications at The University of Melbourne. Her research examines how people from refugee and migrant backgrounds experience belonging after resettling in Melbourne, with a focus on the impacts of communication technologies. Drawing on the words and images of people with lived experience as refugees and migrants, Estelle’s research emphasises the importance of both digital and physical spaces of interaction, of which the city of Melbourne is a central component. Estelle also works as a Multicultural Communications Officer in the Victorian Government’s Department of Premier and Cabinet.


Esther Semo


Esther Semo is currently the Project Lead at Gender Equity Victoria for the Online Active Bystander Project, which is a world-first project funded by the Victorian Government that works with individuals and organisations engaged in social media, and moderators of online discussion forums to address sexism and prevent gender-based abuse.  A Masters of Communication graduate from RMIT, she has previously worked with the Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health as the Executive Research and Communications Officer, as well as within her own business, Broad Services, which promotes feminist events and services.


Fei Wu


Fei Wu is an Assistant Director in the Digital Platforms Branch at ACCC (Australian Competition and Consumer Commission) and was part of the team working on the Digital Platforms Inquiry, which looked at the effect that digital search engines, social media platforms and other digital content aggregation platforms have on competition in media and advertising services markets.

She holds a double degree in Law and Commerce from the University of Melbourne and has previously worked as a lawyer with Herbert Smith Freehills in Melbourne.


Indigo Holcombe-James


Indigo Holcombe-James is a PhD candidate at the RMIT Digital Ethnography Research Centre (Technology, Communication and Policy Lab), where her work focusses on participation, examining who gets to participate, how that participation is shaped, and why, with a distinct focus on providing evidence for substantive change at the policy level. Her doctoral research examined these questions in the context of the Australian cultural sector, finding that distinct choices were made between resolving barriers to participation and thus between which publics were enabled to participate and how.


Jack Cannon


Jack Cannon graduated with a Bachelor of Journalism from Monash University. After interning with the Herald Sun and the ABC, he spent the early part of his career as a reporter for Triple M’s Hot Breakfast with Eddie McGuire at Southern Cross Austereo.

From there he transitioned into television production, working in Channel 10’s newsroom as Production Assistant and Assistant Chief of Staff.

In 2012 Jack started at Fox Footy as a producer, and has worked across the award-winning AFL360, live games, Friday Night Footy on Fox and Fox Footy’s Grand Final coverage.


Jacqueline Ryan Vickery


Dr. Jacqueline Ryan Vickery is Associate Professor of Media Arts at the University of North Texas and Director of Research for the Youth Media Lab, a unique collaboration between media researchers and producers that helps young people create more inclusive and just communities. Drawing from qualitative, feminist, and ethnographic methods, she researches the media practices and representations of marginalized youth, with a particular focus on informal learning, equity, and media literacy. In the summers she facilitates a storytelling and media workshop for teens in foster care.


Jon McCormack


Professor Jon McCormack is an Australian-based artist and researcher in computing. His research interests include generative art, design and music, evolutionary systems, computer creativity, visualisation, virtual reality, interaction design, physical computing, machine learning, developmental models and physical computing.

Jon is the founder and Director of SensiLab and oversees all operations, research programs and partnerships. He is also Professor of Computer Science at Monash University’s Faculty of Information Technology and currently an ARC Future Fellow.

Jon holds an Honours degree in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science from Monash University, a Graduate Diploma of Art (Film and Television) from Swinburne University and a PhD in Computer Science from Monash University.


Julian Sefton-Green


Julian is a Professor of New Media Education at Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia. Having previously worked as an independent scholar and held positions at the Department of Media & Communication, London School of Economics & Political Science and at the University of Oslo working on projects exploring learning and learner identity across formal and informal domains, he has also been an Honorary Professor of Education at the University of Nottingham, UK and the Institute of Education, Hong Kong.


Katina Rosker


Katina Rosker currently works as the Social Media Manager at Milkbar Digital, where she is involved in creating and implementing social media strategies for multiple clients across the fashion, beauty, hospitality, retail and FMCG industries. A marketing graduate from Monash University, she has previously worked with Frontier Advertising, Tiger Pistol and iD Collective in various social media marketing roles.


Leland Buckle


Leland Buckle is a musician and video director, and guitarist for the Melbourne based band U-Bahn.


Luke Stark

Luke Stark is a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Fairness, Accountability, Transparency and Ethics (FATE) Group at Microsoft Research Montreal. His scholarship examines the history and contemporary societal impacts of AI and other digital media facilitating for social and emotional interaction. His work has been published in venues including Social Studies of Science, Media Culture and Society, History of the Human Sciences, and The International Journal of Communication. He has previously been a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Sociology at Dartmouth College, a Fellow and Affiliate of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, and an inaugural Fellow with the University of California Berkeley’s Center for Technology, Society, and Policy. He holds a PhD from the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University, and an Honours BA and MA in History from the University of Toronto.


Maddie Reed


Maddie is a Social Media Coordinator at Milkbar Digital. She loves creating aesthetically pleasing, trendy content and keeping up with the latest digital trends.

In her spare time Maddie enjoys blogging, petting dogs and eating way too much ice-cream


Mark Maley


Mark is the manager of editorial policy for ABC News and provides pre-broadcast/ publishing advice on editorial policy, editorial training, policy and advice development, managing complaints handling, and representing ABC News on editorial issues to external stakeholders.

He started his career as a film editor and researcher on arts documentaries after studying at the Film and Television School. Afterwards, he moved into journalism as a field producer on The 7.30 Report in Sydney and has since held a number of senior editorial roles including supervising producer at The 7.30 Report (Vic) and Real Life (Channel 7), Executive Producer of The 7.30 Report (NSW) and producing at Four Corners.


Matt Balmer


Matt is currently an AFL Content Producer for Fox Sports Australia/Fox Footy and also the Co-Creator of AFL Draft Central. He completed his Bachelor of Journalism from Monash University in 2017.


Matt Windley


A former Herald Sun football journalist where he regularly deputised as Sport Chief of Staff, Matt is presently a Project Officer at Team 11, where he helps develop and run the south-east Victorian A-League and W-League bid.

He is also a Journalism tutor at Monash School of Media, Film & Journalism, where he is teaching sports journalism this year.


Michael Bachelard


Michael Bachelard has been a journalist for 25 years and is the recently returned Indonesia correspondent for the Age and the Sydney Morning Herald.

Before his stint in Indonesia, Michael worked in the press gallery in Canberra, and then in Melbourne for the Australian, before joining the Age in 2006. Since returning, he has taken up the role of editor of the investigations unit at the Age.

He has written two books – The Great Land Grab and Behind The Exclusive Brethren – and has won a number of journalistic awards, including a Walkley Award and a Quill award.

Mike Cowap


Mike Cowap is Senior Producer with Princess Pictures, one of Australia's leading TV production companies, best known for their work with comedian Chris Lilley. Mike manages a slate of projects with an eye on US and UK markets. He is currently in production on an adult animation series for Adult Swim, and the pilot he produced for the ABC for animator Michael Cusack, KOALA MAN, has just been nominated for an AACTA.

Mike has a background in industry support, having worked at Australian Film Commission, South Australian Film Corporation, UK Film Council, and most recently at Screen Australia. He initiated and managed SKIP AHEAD with Google/YouTube to support content creators to grow online subscribers, and FRESH BLOOD with ABC TV/iView to find the next wave of comedy filmmaking talent.

Mike was Manager of Industry Development at the South Australian Film Corp, and Producer at Monkeystack, an AIMIA and ATOM-award winning digital company. Prior to emigrating to Australia in 2003, Mike worked at the UK Film Council where he coordinated all short film initiatives across the UK.


Nina Rajcic


Nina Rajcic is a researcher and developer with a background in particle physics, as well as industry experience in data science and engineering.

She is currently undertaking her PhD under the supervision of Prof Jon McCormack, Dr Vince Dziekan, and Prof Simon Colton. Her research is looking into the machine understanding of human emotion, and how affective information can foster real-time creative collaboration between human and machine.

Nina holds a Bachelors of Science, and a Masters of Physics (Theoretical Particle Physics) from The University of Melbourne.


Nicky Pastore


Nicky Pastore is the Exhibition Manager & Program Producer at Experimenta - Australia’s leading contemporary arts organisation dedicated to commissioning, exhibiting and promoting art driven by technology. Through managing the presentation of Experimenta’s signature touring exhibition ‘Experimenta Make Sense: International Triennial of Media Art’, Nicky has focused on developing artistic processes and participatory formats that blur the boundaries between artists and the audience, thereby bringing experimentation and the unexpected to traditionally fixed gallery environments.  https://experimenta.org/


Paris Martine


Paris is the Director at Contrary, an independent booking and promotion agency for musicians. She’s done stints for Roxanne Parlour and Billboard The Venue and has booked artists from Vanilla Ice to Peaches, and Beach House to Roland S Howard.  Paris was the first booker at The Workers Club and put the venue on the map by programming bands on the verge of big things, as well as heritage acts who she persuaded to play on the small stage. She’s also known for starting up Melbourne venue Phoenix Public House.


Ramon Lobato


Ramon Lobato is a media researcher with a special interest in screen distribution. He works as a Senior Research Fellow in the Digital Ethnography Research Centre in the School of Media and Communication at RMIT University, Melbourne.

An established author, he has published several books including Shadow Economies of Cinema (British Film Institute 2012), The Informal Media Economy (Polity 2015, with Thomas), Geoblocking and Global Video Culture (INC 2016, with Meese), and Netflix Nations (NYU Press, 2019).

Prior to working with RMIT, he was a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Social Research at Swinburne University of Technology and completed his PhD at the University of Melbourne.


Sam De Silva


Sam is a Board Member for Digital Rights Watch. He is also Senior Advisor with Internews and was previously the organisation’s Country Director for Sri Lanka and the Maldives. He has experience designing and delivering digital literacy and digital security programs to journalists and advocates, and working in the tech and digital sectors. Sam also has experience working with startup ecosystems and on social innovation projects. He has a research interest in data and real-world surveillance, and the social impacts of social media.


Sara Glaidous


Sara Glaidous works in Writer Services at APRA AMCOS where she assists songwriters and composers with the management of their performing and mechanical rights, while taking care of member and industry engagement for Victoria & Tasmania.

With a background in community radio, Sara serves as a board member for non-for-profit org, The Push and Australian Music Vault.

In her spare time, you can find Sara at a local gig, most likely wearing too much Meredith Music Festival paraphernalia.


Sarah T Roberts


Sarah T. Roberts is an assistant professor of Information Studies at the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, specializing in Internet culture, social media, and the intersection of media, technology and society. She is founding co-director, along with Dr. Safiya Noble, of the forthcoming UCLA Center for Critical Internet Inquiry. She is frequently consulted on matters of policy, worker welfare, and governance related to content moderation issues and the broader social media landscape. Her book, Behind the Screen: Content Moderation in the Shadows of Social Media, was released in June 2019 (Yale University Press).


Seb Chan


Seb Chan is Chief Experience Officer at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image in Melbourne. He is responsible for holistic strategic design and oversees teams responsible for experience & digital, ICT, as well as the museum’s collections & digitisation programs. Prior to this he led the digital renewal and transformation of the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum in New York (2011-2015). At the Cooper Hewitt he also led experiments in the acquisition of digital design including the first ‘App’ to enter the Smithsonian’s permanent collection. He drove the Powerhouse Museum’s pioneering work in open access, mass collaboration and digital experience during the 2000s. He has also worked as a museum consultant with institutions across North America, Europe and Asia. His work has won awards from American Alliance of Museums, One Club, D&AD, Fast Company and Core77.

Seb is an Adjunct Professor, School of Media and Communications, in the College of Design and Social Context at RMIT, and is a member of the international advisory board of Art Science Museum (Singapore), and advisory committees for the National Museum of Australia, Hammer Museum at UCLA (USA), and the Exploratorium (USA). He is an alumni of the Getty Leadership Institute and Salzburg Global Seminar, and also leads a parallel life in digital art and electronic music.


Sojung Bahng


Sojung Bahng (방소정) is a researcher, artist and new media filmmaker based in Melbourne and Seoul. She is a PhD candidate at Monash University’s SensiLab in Australia and a director for Artengine, a multidisciplinary art and research group in South Korea. She graduated from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) with a master’s degree in Culture Technology. Sojung also holds a BFA from Korea National University of Arts, with a major in Film/TV Production and a minor in Art Theory.

Sojung explores cinematic media via digital technologies to reflect aesthetic and narrative experiences in cultural and philosophical contexts. Sojung’s works have been shown in many countries. Her VR documentary Floating Walk was selected as a finalist at Social Impact Media Awards 2018 in Los Angeles, and her dance film Poetry of Separation was screened at NDC2015 in New York.

Her collaborative live cinema performance Contemporary Witchcraft was shown at VCA gallery in Melbourne, ICLC2019 in Madrid and ICMC2019 in New York. Sojung’s cinematic projects, generative spatial montage and reflexive VR storytelling, were presented at various international conferences and symposiums, such as ISEA2014/2016/2019,  ArtsIT2014, ICIDS2019, and more. She also curated and directed a 2015 art and technology exhibition called Somplexity funded by Seoul Foundation for Arts and Culture.


Verity Trott


Dr Verity Trott is a lecturer in digital media research at Monash University. Her published research explores feminist connective actions, indigenous women’s use of social media, everyday political talk in third spaces, and analyses of rape culture and feminism in popular media.

Her current research projects focus on the intersectional issues of the #MeToo movement, and cultures of toxic masculinity online. Her research combines big data analytics with ethnographic practices in an innovative and cross-disciplinary methodology. Her teaching and research practices involve developing and implementing a range of computational tools and methods for analysing the political, cultural and social dimensions of digital media technologies. She is proficient in a range of data acquisition, analysis and visualisation methods and tools