march, 2023

04mar10.30am12.00pmData Futures of Australian Children: Family Panel with Dr Anna Bunn10.30am - 12.00pm Type:EventEntry:Free

Event Details

Whenever we use digital technologies, data is being generated about us. We are increasingly living in a datafied world – the quantification and reduction of our digital activities and interactions into data points which are used to speak about and for us – through the use of digital and surveillance technologies often in a bid to improve the efficiency of services, communication, etc. Children are no exception. With COVID-19, there was an increase in the use of digital technologies at home and in schools for various purposes from entertainment, connecting with family and friends to accessing essential services (e.g. healthcare) and the delivery of education. While these technologies have brought us convenience and joy, and are critical to organising our lives today, they also produce data about us and our children. How is this data used and who is it shared with? Is our children’s data safe? Datafication, where aspects of our lives are being quantified and used to speak for us, is an invisible risk that we take as we welcome the use of technologies each day.

This family panel is part of a series of discussions aimed at bringing experts, industry leaders and members of the Illawarra community together to discuss issues around data capturing and sharing practices in the use of digital technologies across different areas of children’s lives (e.g. healthcare, education, home). In doing so, we hope to provide the Illawarra community with an opportunity to talk about their use of digital technologies and consider the perils of datafication and digital profiling. It also hopes to shape the conversation around the data futures of Australian children by providing multiple, transdisciplinary perspectives on the topic.

I am a senior lecturer in the Curtin Law School and an Associate Investigator with the ARC Centre of Excellence for the Digital Child. I research into privacy, torts, online harm, the digital child and children’s rights. I coordinate units in the Bachelor of Laws degree, and supervise PhD students. 


Who is Dr Anna Bunn?

Dr Anna Bunn is a senior lecturer in the Curtin University Law School and an Associate Investigator with the ARC Centre of Excellence for the Digital Child. Her research focuses on privacy, torts, online harm, the digital child and children’s rights.

She completed an undergraduate law degree and a Master’s degree from Oxford University, and undertook the Law Society’s Final Examination at York University. Her PhD (University of Notre Dame) considers whether children should have greater control over their image online.

She was admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales and practised in a large commercial firm, specialising in franchising and intellectual property law. Towards the end of the 1990s She left the legal practice to establish and run a not-for-profit organisation providing skills training and opportunities for street living and working youth in Indonesia. She lived in Indonesia for approximately ten years and during that time became involved in education management and university teaching. In 2008 she moved to Curtin to take up a position as a lecturer with the Curtin Law School, and Anna is a member of the ARC Centre of Excellence for the Digital Child.



  • Seminar: Dr Anna Bunn (Curtin University), an expert in privacy law and children’s rights, will give a 20-minute seminar on ‘Children’s Rights and Privacy in the Digital Age’. 

  • Family Panel: There will be a 40-minute panel discussion with Anna and invited speakers from our community. The panel will focus on family perspectives around the use of digital technologies and children’s data. The audience can ask questions and participate in the panel at this session.

  • Chat with an Expert: After the session, members of the audience can speak to one of our experts around managing the data privacy of their children.

  • Digital Playgroup: A digital playgroup session for children between ages 2 to 8 will run concurrently with the seminar and family panel in an adjacent room.

  • Light refreshments will be provided for the session.

  • You will receive a complimentary Discovery Space ticket at the event.


(Saturday) 10.30am - 12.00pm


Early Start, Building 21, Room 21.G04 & 21.G06

Northfields Avenue Wollongong, NSW 2522

Suggested Ages

All ages