Ag-gag laws are designed to deter activists and journalists from documenting the suffering of animals on factory farms. In June 2015, a Senate Committee recommended that WA Senator Chris Back’s Criminal Code Amendment (Animal Protection) Bill be passed with a minor change. If passed, it means that investigators of animal cruelty will be made criminals while the perpetrators of that cruelty will be protected. It will obscure consumers’ understanding of where their food comes from. Join us to learn more about ag-gag and oppose this backward Bill. A short Q&A session will follow the speeches.
Saturday, August 8
at 11:00am – 12:30pm
Sydney Town Hall
483 George St, Sydney, Australia 2000
1. Emmanuel Giuffre, Voiceless Legal Counsel
2. Michael Walsh, member of Animal Justice Party
3. Dr Mehreen Faruqi, NSW Greens MP and Animal Welfare spokesperson
Deadline submission of full papers and short papers: July 31, 2015
Notification: September 30, 2015
Conference date: November 16, 2015
While traditionally animal technology has been the concern of other disciplines, more recently the Human Computer Interaction (HCI) community has begun to take an interest in computer interactions involving animals,particularly in the context of human-animal interactions, concomitantly with a growing market of various types of digital technologies aimed at animals and humans. For example, the commercial relevance of the emerging area can be seen in the many technologies marketed to canine owners, which consist of devices for training animals, taking care of them, as well as surveillance of them.
An increasing body of work originating from within the HCI community is shaping an emerging discipline, which – by analogy with HCI – has been dubbed Animal-Computer Interaction (ACI) and comprises: studying the interaction between animals, technology and humans in naturalistic settings; developing user-centered technology that supports animals and interspecies relationships; informing user-centered approaches to the design of technology intended for animals.