Media Publications and Talks

Sharing our research and expertise with general audiences is central to our commitment to inform society on topics of AI and digital ethics. To this end we engage with a variety of publications and forums to share our knowledge and insights.



'Is sentience really the debate to have?'  Liam Harding, Carmelina Contarino, Dr Simon Coghlan, Dr Yvette Maker, Professor Reeva Lederman, Professor Jeannie Paterson, 16 June 2022.

'What do we lose when we choose robots?' Michael Wildenauer, ABC Religion and Ethics, 20 April 2022.

'ACCC v Big Tech: Round 10 and Counting' Liam Harding, Jeannie Paterson, and Elise Bant, published in Pursuit, 25 March 2022.

'Airbnb blasted for using algorithm that judges if users are 'trustworthy'' Marc Cheong, Jeannie Paterson in The New Daily, 22 March 2022.

'Governments as Regulators and Consumers of AI' Gabby Bush, Jeannie Paterson, published in Turkish Policy Quarterly, 4 March 2022.

'Technodystopia: Are we heading towards a real-world Blade Runner?' Alex Paterson, Gabby Bush, and Jeannie Paterson, Pursuit,  21 February 2022.

'How data can help prevent overdiagnosis.' Daniel Capurro, Simon Coghlan and Douglas Pires, Pursuit,  22 January 2022.


'Artificial intelligence is now part of our everyday lives – and its growing power is a double-edged sword.' Liz Sonenberg and Toby Walsh (UNSW,)  The Conversation, 11 October 2021.

'Are robots the answer for aged care during pandemics?' Simon Coghlan and Gabby Bush, Pursuit,  28 July 2021.

'TikTok captures your face' Niels Wouters and Jeannie Paterson,  Pursuit, 26 July 2021.

'What do pilots think of having more AI in the cockpit?' Fabio Mattioli, Johanne Trippas, Sarah Gosper, Fraser Allison, Sara Khorasani, Harriette Richards, Cynthia Sear and Gabby Bush,  Pursuit, 25 June 2021.

'Privacy erosion by design: why the Federal Court should throw the book at Google over location data tracking,' Jeannie Paterson and Elise Bant, The Conversation, 19 April, 2021.

'Australia vs Facebook: Regulating the Market of Attention' Mariam Nadeem, Gabby Bush, Dr Dana McKay and Jeannie Paterson, Pursuit,  18 February 2021.

'Trump, Nipples and the Hypocrisy of Social Media Giants' Gabby Bush, Mariam Nadeem, Marc Cheong, Kobi Leins and Simon Coghlan published in Pursuit, 28 January  2021.


‘You wouldn’t hit a dog, so why kill one in Minecraft? Why Violence against virtual animals is an ethical issue’ Simon Coghlan and Lucy Sparrow, The Conversation and Pursuit, 25 September 2020.

‘Data isn’t neutral and neither are decision algorithms’ Gabby Bush, Henrietta Lyons and Tim Miller, Pursuit, 15 September 2020. Also published by the IoTHub, 27 November 2020.

‘A little bird didn’t tell me’ Marc Cheong, Kobi Leins, Pursuit, 17 July 2020.

‘The Twitter hack targeted the rich and famous. But we all lose if trusted accounts can be hijacked’ Kobi Leins, The Conversation, 16 July 2020.

When tools for a health emergency become tools of oppression’ Gabby Bush and Kobi Leins, Pursuit, 8 June 2020.

The Privacy Paradox: Why We Let Ourselves Be Monitored’,  Gabby Bush, Adam Lodders, Tim Miller and Jeannie Paterson, Pursuit, 12 May 2020.

‘Are our new virtual workplaces equitable?’ Gabby Bush, Jeannie Paterson, Tim Miller and Adam Lodders, Pursuit, 26 April 2020.

‘Do we really need a tracking app and is it safe?’ Kobi Leins, Simon Coghlan and Marc Cheong, Pursuit, 24 April 2020.

‘Virus views: Freedom in the time of COVID-19’ Marc Cheong, New Philosopher, 1 April 2020.

AI: It’s Time For the Law To Respond’, Kobi Leins, Pursuit,  17 February 2020.

Not bot, not beast: scientists create first ever living, programmable organism’ Simon Coghlan and Kobi Leins, The Conversation, 20 January 2020.



Professor Tim Miller is giving two keynote talks, at the International Conference on Automated Planning and Scheduling (ICAPS) and the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI), both to be held in June 2022.

Jeannie Paterson moderated a panel on digital ethics as part of the Gourlay Ethics in Business week, on May 24.

Liz Sonenberg joined a panel discussion exploring the topic of Ethics of artificial intelligence in university settings, ethical leadership, and new ways of working post pandemic and consideration of this in the context of higher education as part of the Gourlay Ethics in Business Week, on May 24.

Susie Sheldrick and Dr Michael Wildenauer gave a presentation on the Ethics of Emerging Technology for the Australian Computer Society (ACS) professional series on the May 9, at the Melbourne Innovation Hub in Docklands.

Dr Michael Wildenauer was on the panel discussing AI ethics and bias, as part of Generate22 - a robotics and AI conference for industry and the public, on March 31.

Dr Simon Coghlan and Jeannie Paterson were hosted at the Federal Court in Melbourne by the Australian Academy of Law, discussing the legal and ethical regulation of the Internet of Things (IoT).

Dr Simon Coghlan spoke about online proctoring on Drive, in light of student protests in Wollongong about exam surveillance. Jeannie Paterson and Simon Coghlan will also be discussing this topic at an upcoming event in April, hosted by SoLAR.

Jeannie Paterson spoke on a panel hosted by Clayton UTZ on the 23rd of March, on the topic of legal professional duties and Artificial Intelligence.

Dr Jane Mavoa spoke with Geoff Hutchison on Drive, discussing applications that are designed to track and monitor children, for use by parents.

As part of Melbourne Design Week, CAIDE AAIDE hosted an event 'Creating new codes: How can art explore digital ethics?', featuring Dr Solange Glasser, Dr Margaret Osborne, Ben Loveridge, Dr Tyne Sumner, Dr Kristal Spreadborough and Dr Vanessa Bartlett.

Also as part of Melbourne Design Week, CAIDE gave a presentation on discriminatory algorithms, in which Gabby Bush, Tim Miller and Marc Cheong discussed the susceptibility of discrimination in machine learning techniques, and why avoiding such discrimination is difficult.

Jeannie Paterson was interviewed for the ABC's Law Report podcast, on the topics of unconscionable conduct and predatory lending

Tim Miller and Jeannie Paterson spoke with JOY Drive on the topic of AI and human interaction, as portrayed in the film Blade Runner. (Episode 15th of March, podcast available on iTunes)

Liz Sonenberg gave the keynote address "Expectation, Surprise and Explanation" on XAI at the AI 2021 Conference - the 34th Annual Australian conference on AI. Jeannie Paterson also spoke about Designing Ethical AI on a panel at this conference. This conference was held from 2-4th of February.

Jeannie Paterson spoke on a panel at the Nation Youth Science Forum about the Challenges of Ethical AI. The NYSF is a not-for-profit charity that delivers youth-led programs to encourage young people in their passion for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM.)

Tim Miller spoke in the Responsible AI seminar series at the Technical University of Denmark.

Jeannie spoke for ABC News on "The threat of postcode discrimination in credit scores" to the Real Estate Podcast on using postcodes in algorithmic credit scoring.

Contributions and Mentions


Dr Shaanan Cohney provided insights into sugar daddy scams on Instagram, in this piece featuring in ELLE Australia magazine: 'Been Getting *Those* Sugar Daddy DMs on Insta? Here's How To Spot A Scammer From A Mile Away' 16 June 2022

Co-Directors Professor Jeannie Paterson and Professor Tim Miller were interviewed about reports Kmart, Bunnings and The Good Guys employed facial recognition surveillance in their stores: 'Kmart, Bunnings and The Good Guys in hot water over privacy concerns' 15 June 2022

Dr Jane Mavoa in 'Snooping, stalking or safety reassurance: an ethicist weights in on whether using an app to track your children is ok' with Geoff Hutchison, 24 March 2022.

Marc Cheong & Jeannie Paterson in 'Airbnb blasted for using algorithm that judges if users are 'trustworthy'' 22 March 2022.

Jeannie Paterson in 'Threat of 'postcode discrimination' as credit scores skewed by where you live.' Daniel Ziffer, ABC News, 7 February 2022.