Our 2018 event is now live: Privacy Awareness Week 2018 Movie Night

Thank you all for participating!

Although this event is now over, don't be disappointed! Visit our events page for more interesting talks and workshops. Photos from the event are available here.

About the Event

CryptoAUSTRALIA is proudly participating in PAW 2017 by hosting an event on the 18th May in Sydney.

Join us for a thought-provoking night at our screening of The Guardian's The Power of Privacy documentary followed by a roundtable discussion with a panel of privacy experts.

Tickets are now available from Eventbrite. Click here to secure your seat.

About the Movie

In this documentary, Aleks Krotoski travels the world to undergo challenges that explore our digital life in the 21st century.

Watch Aleks be stalked and hacked, fight to get leaked documents back, dive into open data and live in a futuristic home that monitors her every move.

The Power of Privacy Documentary - Trailer

In the Power of Privacy, the Guardian journalist Aleks Krotoski travels the world to discover how we can all regain control of our personal and professional lives in today's more than ever connected world... Check back here on our YouTube channel where we'll release the full documentary on Data Privacy Day, Thursday, January 28, 2016.

Winner of British Animation Awards 2016: Best Film/TV Graphics Jury Citation: 'For its distinctive graphic design and intelligent fusion of content and style, precision in conveying information, charm and visual wit.'

About the Panel

Our panel features experts in digital privacy and security from privacy organisations in Australia

Dr Elizabeth Coombs - Office of the Privacy Commissioner NSW

Elizabeth Coombs

Dr Coombs has had an extensive public service career, holding both CEO and Senior Executive positions in the NSW public sector as well as independent, statutory roles such as Commissioner for Fair Trading and Commissioner, Local Government Grants Commission.

Her Chief Executive experience includes the Department of Fair Trading, Juvenile Justice and Department for Women. Dr Coombs represented the Premier’s Department on a cross government and various inter government reform projects, and also at Cabinet Sub Committees such as the Budget and Expenditure Review Committees.

Upon leaving the NSW public service in 2007, Elizabeth undertook a number of reviews for NSW Government Departments and served as independent Chair on Audit and Risk Committees.

As NSW Privacy Commissioner, her role includes statutory functions prescribed in the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998 (PPIP Act) and the Health Records and Information Privacy Act 2002 (HRIP Act). This includes promoting privacy in NSW, recommending legislative, administrative or other action in the interests of privacy for the NSW citizens as well as conducting inquiries and investigations into privacy related matters in NSW. The Privacy Commissioner reports to the NSW Parliament and is oversighted by the Parliamentary Committee on the Ombudsman, the Police Integrity Commission and the Crime Commission, a joint statutory committee.

Elizabeth's doctoral study involved cross disciplinary research drawing upon the disciplines of political science, classical economics and industrial relations.

Dr Suelette Dreyfus - Blueprint for Free Speech

Suelette Dreyfus

Dr Suelette Dreyfus is the Executive Director of Blueprint for Free Speech. Suelette’s career has spanned academia, journalism and activism. She is a specialist in privacy technologies, Internet freedoms and media integrity.

Suelette was a staff writer at Australia’s largest selling newspaper, and subsequently her work has appeared in The Independent (London), The Guardian, The Australian, The Age, Sydney Morning Herald, Good Weekend Magazine and a number of technology publications and peer-reviewed academic journals.

Jon Lawrence - Electronic Frontiers Australia

Jon Lawrence

Jon Lawrence has 20 years of experience in the software and internet service sectors and has been working for Electronic Frontiers Australia since 2012. His interests include resisting mass surveillance, protecting privacy and freedom of speech, promoting copyright law reform and bridging digital divides. He has a Master of International Relations from the University of Melbourne.

David Vaile - Australian Privacy Foundation

David Vaile

David Vaile is co-convenor, Cyberspace Law and Policy Community at UNSW Law. His background is in law, IT and communications. His research interests include e-security and IT risk management, personal safety online, digital content regulation, privacy and data protection, communications confidentiality and personal information security, jurisdictional issues, copyright and digital IP, e-health records, and user-centred design.

Mr Vaile is a former member of Information Security World Advisory Board, former chair of a network of community legal services, the member of the Internet Society of Australia policy committee, and board member of the Australian Privacy Foundation.

Professor Brian Martin - Whistleblowers Australia

Brian Martin

Professor Brian Martin is a social scientist at the University of Wollongong, Australia. He is the author of 15 books and hundreds of articles on nonviolent action, dissent, scientific controversies, democracy, tactics against injustice, and other topics. He is vice president of Whistleblowers Australia and hosts a large website on the suppression of dissent.


Tickets are now available from our Eventbrite page. Concession tickets are also available.

Light refreshments and snacks will be provided

Tickets will also be available at the door ($20 - subject to availability)


Planned Programme:
6:00 pm – 6:20 pm - Introductions
6:20 pm – 6:55 pm - Movie screening
6:55 pm – 7:15 pm - Break
7:15 pm – 8:15 pm - Panel discussion
8:15 pm – 8:30 pm - Wrap-up

We are finishing up the night in a local bar nearby

18 May 2017 (Thursday), 18:00

Mitchell Theatre
Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts (SMSA)
280 Pitt Street, Sydney NSW 2000

Our Sponsors

This event simply would not happen without the generous support of our sponsors


Mercury Information Security Services

Mercury Information Security Services are a Sydney based information security consulting firm

Check out their website for a range of offerings: mercuryiss.com.au


NTT Security

NTT Security is the specialized security company of NTT Group. With embedded security we enable Group companies (Dimension Data, NTT Communications and NTT DATA) to deliver resilient business solutions for clients’ digital transformation needs. NTT Security has 10 SOCs, seven R&D centers, over 1,500 security experts and handles hundreds of thousands of security incidents annually across six continents.

NTT Security ensures that resources are used effectively by delivering the right mix of consulting and managed services for NTT Group companies – making best use of local resources and leveraging our global capabilities. NTT Security is part of the NTT Group (Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation), one of the largest ICT companies in the world. Visit nttsecurity.com to learn more.


NCrypt Cellular

NCrypt Cellular specialises in providing secure smartphone solutions to businesses and governments.

NCrypt Cellular's solutions are tailored to provide the comfort of mind that your smartphone is protected against advanced hacking threats & that your communications stay private and confidential.

NCrypt Cellular is a fully owned and operated Australian company based in Sydney.


Interested in supporting the event? Contact us to have a chat.

The Power of Privacy Poster