MEDIA RELEASE / BOOK LAUNCH AUSTRALIA: GISWatch 2014 - Communications surveillance in the digital age

Andrew Garton and the Association for Progressive Communications in collaboration with Memefest/Swinburne are launching the latest version of the Global Information Society Watch publication, GISWatch 2014, which reviews the effects of national, global mass surveillance of citizens around the world.

When: 6pm, 18 November 2014

Where: Haddons Cafe Bar, Swinburne University, AR Building, 642 Glenferrie Pl, Hawthorn

A ground-breaking report on national and global mass surveillance will be launched on 18 November 2014 at the first Memefest/Swinburne at Swinburne University by contributing author Andrew Garton, the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and Memefest/Swinburne, an extradisciplinary symposium and workshop. The report explores the surveillance of citizens in today's digital age by governments with the complicity of institutions and corporations.

Global Information Society Watch (GISWatch) aims for an open, inclusive and sustainable information society and has produced reports yearly since 2007. This year's edition of GISWatch is entitled "Communications surveillance in the digital age" and contains thorough contextual analyses from civil society representatives in 58 countries. The reports in GISWatch 2014 expose governments' use of weaknesses in legal systems and user ignorance to monitor, intercept, collect, analyse, use, preserve, retain and interfere with global internet communications.

Memefest/Swinburne and the APC invite you to our launch with brief presentations by Lisa Gye, Senior Lecturer - Media and Communications, Swinburne University of Technology and contributing GISWatch 2014 author Andrew Garton. Presentations will be followed by an open discussion on protecting human rights on the internet, followed by a light snacks and drinks.

For more information and / or contact for media / interviews:

Andrew Garton / 0409948280 /

GISWatch reports are available for download at

GISWatch 2014 is a publication of the Association for Progressive Communications and Hivos.