Presented by

  • Brett Sheffield

    Brett Sheffield

    Brett is a hacker, entrepreneur and technologist, working at the intersection of human rights and technology, particularly in the areas of privacy and Internet decentralisation. He lives with his wife on a little farm in central France where he drives tractors, does rude and unusual things with IPv6 and multicast, and studies foreign languages. Brett is concerned that our Internet is under threat from Criminals, Corporations and Governments alike, and is trying to do something about it. If you are too, he'd love to hear from you.


The Internet is arguably the most useful tool for enabling democracy that has ever been developed. It allows citizens to communicate, to organize and to disseminate information. It enables whistleblowers and journalists to expose corruption and malpractice. It enables people to communicate across borders, to share and discover each others cultures and beliefs, to promote understanding and encourage peace. Unfortunately the Internet is today threatened from all sides by criminals, governments and corporations alike. Unless we take steps to prevent it, the weakening of this democratic tool will continue. Instead, we can choose to make it stronger and leave the next generation with a truly global, rights-enabled communication network. This talk will explore the threats to our democratic lifeline from increased centralisation, tracking, censorship, and harmful legislation, and what we need to do about it. Linux Australia: YouTube: