Privacy Awareness Week 2022 Launch

The Office of the Information Commissioner is pleased to present Professor Edward Santow to deliver this year’s Privacy Awareness Week keynote. Professor Santow will be joined by Queensland’s Privacy Commissioner Paxton Booth.

In his keynote, Artificial Intelligence and privacy: can they be friends?, Professor Santow will discuss how in a time of unprecedented technological change, trust in government has been consistently falling. He will challenge our thinking on the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI), explore the rise of facial recognition technology and suggest a way forward that puts privacy at the heart of how AI is designed, developed and used, and how this could improve trust for agencies.

The keynote will be pre-recorded and available online from 3 May 2022.

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About Professor Edward Santow

Edward Santow is Industry Professor, Responsible Technology at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS).

Professor Santow leads UTS' new initiative on building Australia's capability on ethical AI. Ed’s areas of expertise include human rights, technology and regulation, public law and discrimination law.

From 2016-2021, Professor Santow was Australia's Human Rights Commissioner, where he led the Commission's work on AI and new technology; refugees and migration; human rights issues affecting LGBTI people; national security; and implementing the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture (OPCAT).

Professor Santow is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law, a Visiting Professorial Fellow at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Human Rights and the Fourth Industrial Revolution, and serves on a number of boards and committees.

In 2009, Professor Santow was presented with an Australian Leadership Award, and in 2017, he was recognised as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.

Professor Santow previously served as chief executive of the Public Interest Advocacy Centre and was a Senior Lecturer at UNSW Law School, a research director at the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law and a solicitor in private practice.