The Society endeavours to schedule events for the First Tuesday of the month, so that members and interested persons can put a placeholder in the diary. 

Your suggestions for speakers and topics are always welcome - please contact us.

Upcoming events

    • 28 May 2019
    • 18:00 - 20:00
    • Bird & Bird, Level 11, 68 Pitt St, Sydney NSW 2000

    Over 20 Years of Data, Beyond Privacy

    will be presented by Hamish Fraser, of Bird & Bird, following the AGM.


    This talk will explore what data was and has become and what lawyers should know about it.

    Prior to a career in law, Hamish trained as an engineer in the 80's and programmed in Fortran. In 1999, he was the President of the Queensland Society for Computers and the Law.

    The presentation will consider 4 key themes:

    1.    The data itself, discussing developments in the technical capabilities of data use, transportation and storage.

    2.    Uses of data, highlighting the increasing breadth and complexity of applications that have been made possible in the past 20 years, such as data mining and artificial intelligence.

    3.    Privacy and data protection laws.

    4.    Look to the future of data and the challenges that new data uses will create for lawyers.

    Our Speaker

    Hamish is the lead partner of international law firm Bird & Bird's Australian Technology and Communications practices.

    He is a prominent contributor to public policy discussion in industry and mainstream press, as a result of his extensive practice in convergence, social media, privacy and data protection issues.  His clients in these areas are at the cutting edge of legal and regulatory developments in the region.

    Hamish also advises on commercial issues and regulatory matters for clients engaged in all facets of the information, communications and technology industries, with a particular focus on cloud based businesses and outsourcing or assisting businesses move to the cloud or negotiating outsourcing arrangements.  Other areas include intellectual property protection, licensing and distribution, confidentiality, e-commerce, security, IT procurement and outsourcing.

    In addition to law, he has a degree in engineering and has worked extensively in the communications and technology industries.  Hamish previously held a senior legal role at Australia’s number two telecommunications carrier, Optus.  While at Optus, Hamish was involved in negotiating all facets of large scale telecommunications supply and acquisition agreements and was also the key lawyer responsible for the firm-wide procurement function. 


    Members and guests are encouraged to attend the AGM and our May Seminar, on 28 May 2019.

    The AGM is important because it provides you with an opportunity to hear what we have achieved to improve member services, and to participate in the planning for 2018 through contributing with the committee team.


    TO BE HELD AT 6pm

    Tuesday 28 May 2019 AT

    Bird & Bird, Level 11, 68 Pitt Street, Sydney NSW 2000

    Please RSVP by registering for the event.


      1 Welcome

      2 Apologies

      3 Proxies

      4 Confirm 2018 AGM Minutes

      5 Receipt and consideration of Financial report

      6 Receipt and consideration of President's Report

      7 Receipt and consideration of any sub-committee reports

      8 Election of Returning Officer

      9 Election of:

         9.1 President

         9.2 Vice President

         9.3 Secretary

         9.4 Treasurer

         9.5 Committee Members

    10. Motions 

        10.1 That the Society enter into a phase of familiarisation with the Victorian Society for Computers and the Law (VSCL) that is open-ended in duration.  The discussions between the two Societies should include increasing the value proposition to members.

    11. Other Business

    12. Close

    Note: The AGM will be followed by the Seminar (see event description) and hospitality provided by Bird & Bird. Please stay with us for both!

Past events

17 Apr 2019 MedTech Fireside
04 Dec 2018 NSWSCL End of Year Function
16 Oct 2018 FREE public seminar - Are legal tech startups legal?
12 Sep 2018 Ethics and AI Tomorrow (NOT seminar and AGM)
09 Aug 2018 Metadata
02 Jul 2018 Application of EU Data Protection Laws in Australia
09 May 2018 How to negotiate IP Licensing and Technology Joint Development Agreements
20 Mar 2018 AGM and seminar on patent infringement and freedom to operate
21 Feb 2018 Data breaches - What you need to know!
05 Dec 2017 NSWSCL End of Year Function
24 Oct 2017 Digital Readiness in the Era of Hyped Disruption
08 Aug 2017 Crowdfunding - Challenges to the status quo of corporate fundraising
16 Jun 2017 Intellectual Property and Patent Strategy for Startups
14 Jun 2017 Legal Expense Insurance, Innovation and Market Opportunities
21 Mar 2017 AGM and Buzzword Bust – All you really need to know about Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain and Gene Patents
21 Feb 2017 The sexiest job of the 21st century: Where can lawyers add value for a market leading data science company?
13 Dec 2016 NSWSCL Christmas seminar - Domain names, keywords, linking and the law
22 Nov 2016 De-Mystifying Cyber Security for Counsel and the Board
25 Oct 2016 NSWSCL October Seminar on Latest Developments in Data Protection
12 May 2016 Negotiating Venture Capital Investments in Australia and Silicon Valley
15 Mar 2016 NSWSCL AGM and software patents update
16 Feb 2016 NSWSCL February Seminar on Electronic Evidence
08 Dec 2015 NSWSCL Christmas function and Open Source seminar
04 Aug 2015 The Role of Arbitration in Domain Name Disputes
02 Jun 2015 Current state of play in Software Patents - will the pendulum swing back or turn into a wrecking ball?
02 Dec 2014 NSWSCL End of Year Function
16 Sep 2014 Portable ecourts – delivering digital capacity & a state of the art “ecourt-in-a-box” solution around Australia
08 Jul 2014 Data sovereignty - legal and practical considerations
29 Mar 2014 Raising Funds from the Crowd - a new financial source for SME's and start-ups
04 Mar 2014 Small Worlds, Big Data: A look at Social Network Analysis
03 Dec 2013 NSWSCL End of Year Function
27 Nov 2013 Trends in Cybercrime and how we will fight the battle
14 Nov 2013 The National Broadband Network - Where to now?
11 Sep 2013 Cybercrime, the new underbelly of the Internet
27 Aug 2013 Copyright and the digital economy- what's next?
09 Jul 2013 Privacy obligations of data processors - a conceptual gap affecting Australia's cloud industry
26 Jun 2013 Protection of Information of Technology Businesses: more Old Wine in New Bottles or are we in a Paradigm Shift?
05 Jun 2013 Public rights in copyright: Re-defining the public domain
27 Mar 2013 Annual General Meeting
05 Dec 2012 Big Data and Sharing of Data for Data Analytics Seminar and End of Year Celebration
08 Oct 2012 30th Anniversary Celebration Cocktail Party
20 Sep 2012 Internet regulation against cybercrime - pros and cons of more regulation
21 Aug 2012 PPSA and IP rights for IT
14 May 2012 iiNet and TV Now Judgments
08 Feb 2012 Copyright Law and Electronic & Improvised Music
05 Dec 2011 End of Year Drinks
02 Nov 2011 Latest on Cloud Computing
13 Oct 2011 The State of Play on Disruptive Innovations in Law
31 Aug 2011 The tricky issue of customer reliance in choosing an IT system
27 Jul 2011 auDA's New Draft Recommendations
01 Jun 2011 A review of the Electronic Transactions Amendment Bill 2011
31 Mar 2011 NSW Society for Computers and the Law AGM 2011
12 Oct 2010 A status update on the National Broadband Network
01 Sep 2010 Software Development and Intellectual Property Law
11 Aug 2010 Web 2.0, social media and user generated content: navigating the marketing risks and opportunities
19 May 2010 Effective Litigation In The Electronic World

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