Julie Inman Grant
[eSafety Commissioner]
Julie Inman Grant is Australia’s eSafety Commissioner.

In this role, Julie leads the world’s first government agency committed to keeping its citizens safer online.

Julie has extensive experience in the non-profit and government sectors, and spent two decades working in senior public policy and safety roles in the tech industry at Microsoft, Twitter and Adobe.

The Commissioner’s career began in Washington DC, working in the US Congress and the non-profit sector before taking on a role at Microsoft. Julie’s experience at Microsoft spanned 17 years, serving as one of the company’s first and longest-standing government relations professionals, ultimately in the role of Global Safety Director for safety policy and outreach. At Twitter, she set up and drove the company’s policy, safety & philanthropy programs across Australia, New Zealand & Southeast Asia.

As Commissioner, Julie plays an important global role in as Chair of the Child Dignity Alliance’s Technical Working Group and as a Board Member of the WePROTECT Global Alliance. She was recently designated one of Australia’s most influential women by the Australian Financial Review and a leading Australian in Foreign Affairs by the Sydney Morning Herald.

Online Safety during & after Covid-19

Building on her 25-year experience in the sector, Julie Inman Grant will outline a vision in which online safety, security and privacy are like the three legs of a stool: they must be properly balanced, if online platforms are to serve their users and the broader community properly.

Julie will outline the pioneering work of eSafety over the past five years in combatting internet harms such as cyberbullying, online abuse, image-based abuse, and illegal content such as online child sexual abuse material. She will discuss the serious additional challenges that COVID-19 has posed for eSafety and will explain how “We Can Be Heroes” in building a safer and more empowering internet.

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