in the Wake of the National Security ‘Push’
The Baker &
McKenzie Cyberspace Law and Policy Centre
University of New
Governments in many countries are taking
legislative measures to enhance national security, particularly
in the wake of the terrorist attacks in the USA of 11 September
last year. Australia is no exception to this development.
The Federal Parliament is currently considering adoption
of a set of Bills that purport to curb terrorism by creating
new offences and augmenting State surveillance powers.
Such measures are likely to impact significantly
on the privacy, autonomy and related interests of private
individuals and organisations, not least with respect to
online activities. At the same time, considerable uncertainty
reigns amongst the public over the breadth of the new surveillance
and control powers. Concomitantly, considerable uncertainty
exists as to the proportionality of these powers in relation
to the problem(s) that they are intended to address.
This symposium will discuss the probable
effects of the proposed security measures on cyberliberties.
In doing so, it will attempt to cast light on several sub-issues,
including the extent to which the ‘September 11’ attacks
have induced far greater public readiness to sacrifice citizen
freedoms for the sake of enhanced national security.
Australian developments will constitute
the main point of departure for discussion, though US and
European developments will be canvassed too.
Thursday 9 May 2002
4pm till late.
Level 26, A.M.P. Centre
50 Bridge Street
Sydney, N.S.W. 1223
The event is not open to the public. If you have a special
interest or contribution to make at this symposium, there
are a limited number of positions for observers. Please contact
Than Yeng (Coordinator) <t.yeng [at] unsw.edu.au>
for further details.
A selection of the papers and the symposium proceedings will
be published later on the Centre website.