Wednesday, 09 October 2019 00:09

VIDEO: Peter Coroneos talks with The Hon Michael Kirby about technology, internet and the law


The Hon. Michael Kirby AC CMG was interviewed by Peter Coroneos last Friday, and noted Mr Kirby's optimism about the next 30 years of the Internet in Australia, his pioneering work on privacy principles in the 70s and plenty more you'll see in the video interview.

Peter Coroneos, the former CEO of the Internet Industry Association, and organiser of the 30th Anniversary of the Internet Gala Dinner, spoke with The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG about technology, internet and the law.

Peter wrote: "I was privileged to spend some time with former High Court justice The Hon. Michael Kirby AC CMC last Friday, when I put to him a series of propositions regarding the impact of technology and the internet on the law, regulation and society.

"While he agreed with some of the cautions about how we might sleepwalk into a dystopian future, on the whole he was very optimistic with what the next 30 years might bring.

"In particular, his comments about AI and the law (and how the legal profession needs to adapt) and the way in which legal academics are promoted were highly insightful. For Kirby, equality and equal opportunity are constant themes as he welcomes a humanity which is aided, not hampered by technology. Remember, this is the man who helped pioneer privacy principles in the 1970’s which are embodied in today’s laws, locally and internationally.

"He emphasised the importance of individual freedom of expression and the way in which less open societies try to suppress it. And he didn’t miss the chance to again raise the gender issue, just as he did in 2008 when he addressed the internet industry.

"While Michael Kirby claims to be no expert when it comes to technology, his comments demonstrate just how deeply he has thought about the issues and how he is able to apply them to a vision of the human condition that is both expansive and inclusive.

"This is an amazing interview, and one for posterity. I must confess to always being quite daunted by his intellect when I speak with him, but the power of his humanity is so great and his ever-present humour so close to the surface, that one can momentarily forget the intimidating greatness in whose presence you sit."

The original article announcing the 30iGala event is here: "INVITATION: Celebrate 30 years of the Internet in Australia with a special Gala Dinner on October 31 in Sydney". 

The following article was published earlier this week: "30iGala: Alastair MacGibbon to speak at Internet Gala Event, plus how to win a free ticket". 

This was then followed up with "6 WEEKS until 30iGala: Peter Coroneos and Peter Price AM talk icode, the White House and Internet history". 

After this came "30iGala - Remembering Internet history: Peter Coroneos video interviews Alex Zaharov-Reutt".

And this was followed up by: "5 WEEKS TO GO - 30iGala Net History: The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG and the 'Four Parables of Regulating the Net'".

After this came "Five weeks to go: Alastair MacGibbon shares insights into the big lessons learned in 20+ years of cyber security leadership".

The video interview that came next is entitled: "VIDEO: 4 WEEKS TO GO until 30iGala as Michael Malone talks Net history highs and lows with Peter Coroneos". 

The most recent video interview was between Peter Coroneos and Australia's Federal Communications Minister, Paul Fletcher, entitled: "VIDEO: Comms Minister Paul Fletcher talks 30 Years of Aussie Internet history - 3.5 WEEKS TO GO until 30iGala".

To learn more and attend the 30iGala event yourself, the event website is here - I hope you can make it on the night, and help make history celebrating a great milestone in Australia's online history - there are 3.5 weeks to go before it all happens on the night of 31 October, 2019!


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Alex Zaharov-Reutt

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