"Apple vs the FBI" (Sat) Panel

Lev Grossman, Tobias Feakin (chair), Alastair MacGibbon & Katina Michael

Have we entered the golden age of surveillance? With our own devices recording everything we do, have we brought this on ourselves? Does the Apple vs the FBI case expose our underlying tensions about privacy, technology and national security?


Lev Grossman is the author of five novels, including the #1 New York Times bestselling Magicians trilogy, published in 25 countries and made into an hour-long drama on the Syfy channel. Grossman is the book critic for Time magazine and has written essays and criticism for Salon, Slate, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Wired, Lingua Franca, The Week, Village Voice and The Believer, among others. He lives in New York City with his wife and three children.


Tobias Feakin is the founding director of the ASPI International Cyber Policy Centre. He researches how cyberspace is used by state and non-state actors and creating collaborative national and international policy responses. He is an Oxford Martin Associate at the Oxford University Global Cyber Security Capacity Centre and a Research Advisor for the Global Commission on Internet Governance.


Alastair MacGibbon is the Special Adviser to the Prime Minister on Cyber Security, Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet. He was Formerly Children's eSafety Commissioner, General Manager (Security) for Dimension Data Australia, Director of the Centre for Internet Safety at the University of Canberra and Managing Partner at Surete Group, CEO Council of Registered Ethical Security Testers (CREST) Australia. As well as the Former Director of the Australian High Tech Crime Centre and Federal Agent with the Australian Federal Police. 


Dr Katina Michael is a professor in the School of Information Systems and Technology at the University of Wollongong whose research looks at the socio-ethical implications of emerging technologies. She is the senior editor-in-chief of the IEEE Technology and Society Magazine, and senior editor of the IEEE Consumer Electronics Magazine. Since 2008 she has been a board member of the Australian Privacy Foundation, and until recently was the Vice-Chair.

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