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This ARC Discovery research project is being conducted by the researchers described below, hosted by UNSW's Cyberspace Law and Policy Centre.

National Investigators

Dimity Kingsford Smith, UNSW

Dimity Kingsford Smith joined the UNSW Law Faculty in January 2005. She was professor of law and Director of the Centre for Law in the Digital Economy at Monash University between 2000-2004. She previously held appointments at the University of Sydney and in the UK at University College London and Warwick University. In 1999 she was a visiting academic at the London School of Economics law department.

Dimity is recognised for her work on regulation of securities and financial products, and publishes in these areas and on theories of regulation in national and international journals and edited collections. She is currently the chief investigator in an Australian Research Council Discovery Grant 2005-08 examining the regulation of online investing. Entitled ‘One Day, We’ll All Invest This Way! Regulating Online Investment’ the project includes leading Australian, US, Canadian and UK researchers. In addition Dimity researches and teaches in the areas of corporate governance, women and retirement income, globalisation of regulation and on socio-legal questions more generally.

Dimity Kingsford Smith also pursues her research and teaching activities through her supervision of post-graduate research students and advanced undergraduate students who wish to undertake an extended study of financial regulation questions. She is a member of a number of academic committees and societies within Australia and overseas, and a media commentator on Australian financial regulation policy and institutions.

Kirsty Williamson, Monash

Dr Kirsty Williamson is an internationally recognised researcher on information-seeking behaviour and telecommunications use, particularly using an interpretivist approach. As Director of Information and Telecommunications Needs Research, a joint venture of Monash and Charles Sturt Universities, she has led several industry collaborative projects including, most recently, research focussing on online services for people with disabilities, funded by the Commonwealth Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts. In 2001 she was also part of multidisciplinary Monash University team which undertook a knowledge management project for the International Olympic Committee. Kirsty has also written, taught and published on research methods, particularly in relation to the information management and systems fields.

Kirsty has overseen the pilot study which preceded this project and will continue to direct the user information seeking component of this project.

Stephen Bottomley, ANU

Stephen Bottomley is Associate Dean & Head of School, and Professor of Commercial Law at the Australian National University. He joined the Law Faculty in 1988 where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in corporate and takeovers law, corporate governance.

His scholarly interests include corporate and securities law; governance and accountability in the private and public sectors; and law and regulation.

International collaborators

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The Cyberspace Law and Policy Centre at UNSW Faculty of Law

The Cyberspace Law and Policy Centre at UNSW Faculty of Law provides a focus for research, public interest advocacy and education on issues of law and policy about digital transactions in cyberspace. Its founding sponsors during the 2001–04 startup phase were the local and global partners of Baker & McKenzie, a leading international law firm; it is currently supported by grants for research, and teaching and projects.

The Centre's work covers intellectual property in digital artifacts, e-commerce, provision of government services by Internet, authentication and encryption, Internet governance and regulation, privacy and freedom of information in digital records.

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