My professional goal is to find answers to the question of how, in a digital age, we can shape a more ethical media landscape. My expertise and qualifications are inter-disciplinary, spanning ethics, media and law.
In January 2018, I joined the Centre for Media Transition at UTS as a postdoctoral research fellow. In an era of fake news, AI news aggregators and declining trust in news media, journalism is under threat - and so too democracy. At the CMT, my research (and teaching) areas include digital privacy and trust in news media.
In 2017, I finished a PhD applying Kantian ethics to internet privacy. One examiner described it as, "an outstanding contribution to the scholarly literature on internet privacy, one that deftly merges philosophical and legal approaches to a highly complex and rapidly evolving social phenomenon." I am adapting the thesis into a book for New South Publishing. Since 2012, I have been teaching Global Media at NYU Sydney. The course covers the broad sweep of media developments from #metoo to #privacy, from sousveillance to slacktivism.
From 1994 to 2012, I worked at The Sydney Morning Herald and smh.com.au as a reporter, blogger, editor, reviewer and, for most of my career, as a senior features writer. It was far too much fun to qualify as a real job. It also gave me a front row seat for the disruption of traditional media by the internet. Previously, I obtained law and arts degrees (with first class honours in English Literature), from UNSW, where I procrastinated by practising free throws.
With a love of words and storytelling, I aim to blend the best of journalism (accessibility, nimbleness) with the best of academia (rigour, substance).
Papers for conferences and workshops:
- Amsterdam Privacy Conference 2015
- Australasian Association of Philosophy Conference 2015
- NewMac, 2014
- Australian Postgraduate Philosophy Conference 2014
- Media-Based Addictions, Fact or Fiction Workshop 2013
Media and public appearances:
- Convenor of Q&As, panels, seminars and workshops
- Regular appearances on radio and TV, in print and online
- Thousands of articles published in the Sydney Morning Herald
- Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) for PhD candidature (2013-2017)
- Postgraduate Research Fund (PGRF) grant to present at Amsterdam Privacy Conference 2015
- Australia Council creative writing grant 2005
- Australia Council creative writing grant 2004
My expertise and qualifications are inter-disciplinary, ranging over ethics, media and law. My current research interests include:
- The ethics of internet privacy
- How to restore trust in news media
- News standards suitable for a digital age
- Media ethics
Courses and classes I have taught include:
- Privacy Law (Media Law seminar, UTS, 2018)
- News Reporting MDIA (UNSW, 2011-2017)
- Advanced Media Writing (UNSW, 2012-2016)
- The Art of Reviewing (UNSW, 2016-2017)
- Writing Argument and Opinion Pieces (UNSW
- Professional and Business Ethics (Macquarie, 2017)
The report was commissioned by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission as part of its Digital Platforms Inquiry. The inquiry has been described as a world-leading investigation into the effects of digital search engines, social media platforms and other digital content aggregation platforms on competition in media and advertising services markets.
To assist the ACCC, the CMT was commissioned to research aspects concerning news and journalistic content. This included the function of journalism, effects of technology and how to consider quality and choice.
The Competition and Consumer Commission is worried about the ability of the platforms we use to determine the news we read.
Wilding, D, Molitorisz, S, Meese, J & Fray, P 2019, 'Submission to Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, Digital Platforms Inquiry – Preliminary Report', ACCC, https://www.accc.gov.au/focus-areas/inquiries/digital-platforms-inquiry….