EJC Special Issue on Videoconferencing in Practice is now free and open access

My Special Issue of The Electronic Journal of Communication / La Revue Electronic de Communication (EJC/REC) has now been released as free and open access. Many of the articles (including mine) have embedded images and video that have typically been difficult to include in traditional outlets and are still surprisingly rare. There is certainly scope for more embedded Read more about EJC Special Issue on Videoconferencing in Practice is now free and open access[…]

World Record attempt for shortest radio advertisement

I was a guest on 612 ABC Brisbane’s Eat The Week show hosted by Rebecca Levingston. We talked about Jibo, attempted to break a world record, listened to P!nk’s “Glitter in the Air”, and discussed various topics in the week’s news. Loads of fun! The Guinness World Record we attempted to break was for the Read more about World Record attempt for shortest radio advertisement[…]

Stepping down as EFA Chair to take a position with Microsoft

This is the text of the email I sent to members of Electronic Frontiers Australia on Saturday 26 April (edited slightly for style). I stepped down as Chair and as Board Member at the monthly Board Meeting Sunday 27 April. — G’day all EFA members, I am writing with some bittersweet news. Due to a new job, Read more about Stepping down as EFA Chair to take a position with Microsoft[…]

Europe says no to data retention, so why is it an option in Australia?

With Angela Daly, Swinburne University of Technology There has been plenty of technology-related legal activity in the European Union this month. Last week the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) ruled that data retention regulations, as they currently stand, are not in accordance with EU law and the European Parliament voted in favour of Read more about Europe says no to data retention, so why is it an option in Australia?[…]

ACT Police Twitter Forum

I commented in the Canberra Times on the ACT Police conducting a public Q&A forum via Twitter. I said that: “[…] police PR is very difficult given we typically interact with the police only in times of trouble/crisis, so I’d say this was rather successful.” “Answers to more difficult questions got ‘well it’s complicated’ responses,” he said. Read more about ACT Police Twitter Forum[…]

If I Could Say One Thing

I represented Electronic Frontiers Australia on the ABC consumer affairs show The Checkout. In my “If I Could Say One Thing” segment I discussed ways of dealing with Internet tracking by advertisers and third parties. Here is the script, including links: Hi, I’m Dr Sean Rintel, Chair of digital rights group Electronic Frontiers Australia. I could Read more about If I Could Say One Thing[…]

Social Media in Australia

Harrison, J., Rintel, S., & Mitchell, E.K. (2014). Social Media in Australia. Pp. 589-627 in C. Litang  & M.H. Prosser (Eds.). Social Media in Asia. Doerzbach, Germany: Dignity Press. The vast distances Australians must negotiate to connect their small, highly urbanized population both nationally and internationally have long created the incentive for invention, innovation and the early adoption of communication technologies. Read more about Social Media in Australia[…]

Australia Needs Fair Use

I was quoted in Delimiter on the introduction of Fair Use to Australia in the wake of the ALRC report released on February 13, 2014. The quote came from the Electronic Frontiers Australia fair use media release: “EFA believes that the introduction of a broad fair use exception into Australian copyright law is a critical and Read more about Australia Needs Fair Use[…]