WESNET 2nd annual technology summit

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WESNET's 2nd Annual Technology Safety Summit will be held 26-27 October 2017, in Melbourne. It will bring together national and international experts on technology safety and violence against women. This year’s Summit will span two days and focus on presentations and workshops that range from emerging issues such as image-based abuse to cutting edge technology, such as internet of things and smart technology.  In the digital age, understanding how technology works, how to use it, and how to respond when it is misused to assert power and control is a powerful part of making women and their children safer.

The Technology Summit brings together speakers who are leading the world in understanding and navigating the intersection of domestic violence and sexual assault and technology. Presentations will include:

  • How technology is used to harm victims – from social media and other online spaces to traditional technology such as location tracking and smartphone surveillance.
  • How workers can help survivors strategise for safety without having to give up their technology.
  • How digital evidence can be collected to hold perpetrators accountable.
  • Current legislation on technology-facilitated abuse and protections available for victims.
  • Emerging issues such as technology privacy and security and its bearing on survivors of violence against women.


Keynote Speakers

  • Julie Inman Grant, the eSafety Commissioner
  • Julie Oberin, Chair WESNET
  • Andrew Scott, Head of Technology within Telstra’s Chief Technology Office.
  • Cindy Southworth, founder of the SafetyNet Project, Executive Vice President, National Network to End Domestic Violence.
  • Noelle Martin, Survivor and Advocate


  • Samantha Yorke, Google
  • Jason Holandsjo, Telstra
  • Mia Garlick, Facebook
  • Amanda Karpeles, Safe Tag

Technology Safety Experts

  • Karen Bentley, National Director, Safety Net Australia, WESNET
  • Heidi Guldbaek, Technology Safety Specialist, Safety Net Australia, WESNET
  • Kaofeng Lee, Technology Safety Specialist, Safety Net Australia, WESNET
  • Erica Olsen, Director Safety Net, National Network to End Domestic Violence


  • Helen Campbell, Women’s Legal Service NSW
  • Detective Bryan Franke, C2Solutions
  • Inspector Regan Carr, QLD Police
  • Acting Superintendent Marc Hogen, QLD Police
  • Rina Garner, 1800Respect
  • Emily Maguire, Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria
  • Bonnie Millen, Women with Disabilities
  • Leanne Sinclair, Victoria Legal Aid


  • Nicola Henry, RMIT
  • Mohammed Ayyoob Ahamed Hamza, University of New South Wales

Who should attend?

The TechSummit is for anyone interested in the intersection between technology and violence against women. Workshops and presentations will be applicable for:

  • Front line workers and NGOs working with women experiencing technology-facilitated abuse.
  • Police investigating the misuse of technology to stalk, harass, and abuse victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and other forms of violence against women.
  • Lawyers and other legal professionals representing clients experiencing technology-facilitated abuse.
  • Policymakers, researchers, and technologists interested in the intersection of technology, privacy, security and violence against women.

Attendees will also gain the opportunity to engage and build relationships across relevant sectors, supporting knowledge sharing and collaboration to address technology-facilitated abuse


Jasper Hotel, 489 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne VIC
Start Date: 
Thursday, 26th October 2017
End Date: 
Friday, 27th October 2017