Responsible innovation

The Commission is interested in hearing the views of members of the public, business, government and academia on the most appropriate frameworks for regulating new technology to protect and promote human rights. ‘Regulation’ refers to processes that aim to moderate individual and organisational behaviour, setting out the rules that everyone must abide by.  

Regulation can come in different forms. For example, it may be a law, a set of standards for industry to follow, or a set of principles which guide the development and use of technology. 

Regulating rapidly developing new technology can be challenging. Whatever form of regulation is adopted, it has to allow for innovation and new ideas, and be consistent with Australia’s commitment to human rights.

Many business and public leaders globally agree that regulation is important for new technologies. Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg has noted that the issue is what the right regularity framework is rather than whether or not there should be regulation. Internationally many countries are introducing regulatory initiatives such as the new European regulation for data and privacy.

More details on regulation and new technology can be found in Chapter 5 of the Issues Paper which includes consultation questions about responsible innovation.

Responsible innovation consultation questions

How should Australian law protect human rights in the development, use and application of new technologies? In particular:

  1. What gaps, if any, are there in this area of Australian law?
  2. What can we learn about the need for regulating new technologies, and the options for doing so, from international human rights law and the experiences of other countries? What principles should guide regulation in this area?
  3. In addition to legislation, how should the Australian Government, the private sector and others protect and promote human rights in the development of new technology?

You can make a submission here