Primarily, I am standing for nomination at Internet Australia, because I believe the organisation can achieve greater governance with respect to both transparency and accountability of board decisions, together with decision making on behalf of IA's membership.
In addition, I acknowledge the NBN is an important issue for IA to address. However, the NBN has effectively monopolised IA's efforts and resources in the past year, and, meanwhile, other pressing issues have been overlooked—such as technological marginalisation of society's fringe, and the limited civic discourse regarding technology's impact on society.
Finally, to address IA's resource shortage, I believe in promoting greater engagement with IA's members, industry partners, and other similarly motivated organisations, to achieve greater impact and efficacy in shared strategic aims and to reduce IA's resource burden IA's.
A little about me:
I am an Information Technology Specialist at the University of Melbourne, with a Masters Degree in Information Technology Management majoring in Information Security, Graduate level qualifications in Project Management and Management, and industry certifications in IT Project Management, Information Security and IT Service Management.
I currently support civil society in my position as the Head of Security and Technology of Blueprint for Free Speech, a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to improving freedom of expression and whistleblowers rights.
In addition, I am a freelance information security, digital rights and online privacy consultant, servicing individuals and organisations across the government, media, community, non-profit and medical research sectors. His involvement in information technology security and management dates back to the establishment of the Internet in Australia.
I have a long history of voluntary community involvement including holding a position on Electronic Frontiers Australia's Governance Standing Committee; organising and facilitating CryptoParty events across Melbourne; and teaching professionals, including journalists and lawyers, how to protect themselves and their clients.
I welcome the opportunity to hear your feedback, and discuss your thoughts on the future direction of Internet Australia. You can find me on Twitter at @peter_tonoli