From Glasgow to Gold Coast


With the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games on the horizon, join media law expert Dr David Goldberg as he discusses the challenges of drone journalism in covering major events.

Cameras on drones were visible in many shots broadcast from the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014. By the time the Gold Coast hosts the Commonwealth Games in 2018 drone technology will likely be central to media coverage of such a major event – with its accompanying legal pitfalls of security, surveillance and privacy issues.

“Drones” – properly, “remotely piloted aircraft” (RPA) – are evolving from mainly military applications to civilian ones, including news gathering.  Cheap, small and portable, RPAs can easily be moved to locations where reporting needs to take place or production is most desirable.  Their usage by mainstream media as well as citizen journalists is being frustrated by regulatory, legal and so-called “ethical” gaps and challenges.

Griffith University Friends of the Library will host media law, ethics, privacy and free information expert Dr David Goldberg at the Gold Coast campus next month.

Dr Goldberg – Associate Fellow of the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies at Oxford University – draws on more than 30 years’ experience as a media law expert. He has co-authored a report to the Oxford Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism on the media’s use of drone technology. During his visit to Australia Dr Goldberg will also deliver an invited public symposium on drones, surveillance and the media as a showcase event leading into the G20 summit in Brisbane.

Following the public presentation, Friends of the Library members will be invited to join us for a cocktail reception and the opportunity to network with industry colleagues and guest speaker Dr David Goldberg. You will have the option to become a Friends of the Library member and attend this cocktail reception when you register online.

When: Monday 3 November – 5.30pm for a 6.00pm start

Where: Learning Commons (G11), Room 4.29

RSVP: This is a free event, but registration is essential. Register online now.

For more information on the Friends of the Library and previous events, visit




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