This is an event from the May 2016 Festival.

Code: 271  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: Politics & Current Affairs, Feminism, Technology
There are perils and privileges that come with having an intimate and co-dependent relationship with the online world. Join Tara Moss, whose new book Speaking Out is a 21st century handbook for women and girls; Natalie Tran, who charms thousands around the world with her quirky, observational YouTube videos; and Rosie Waterland, podcaster, author and social media over-sharer, for a juicy discussion covering feminism, internet trolls and how to survive online. They speak to Emma Jane about the highs and lows of online fame.

Supported by Macleay College.

Sunday 22 May 2016 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Pier 2/3 The Loft, Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay

Tara Moss (Australian)

A dual Canadian/Australian citizen, Tara Moss is the bestselling author of ten books of fiction and non-fiction published in nineteen countries. She is also a journalist, doctoral candidate, and outspoken advocate for child rights and women’s rights. She is UNICEF Australia’s National Ambassador for Child Survival, Patron for the Full Stop Foundation for ending rape and domestic violence, and Norton’s Family Ambassador for child e-safety and cyberbullying. In 2015 she received an Edna Ryan award for making a feminist difference, inciting others to challenge the status quo. Tara currently lives in New South Wales with her husband and daughter.

Natalie Tran (Australian)

Since uploading her first video on YouTube in 2006, Natalie Tran’s communitychannel has gained over 1.7 million subscribers and had over half a billion views. Tran's videos are a collection of scripted comedy clips that contain a mixture of monologue and sketch focusing on the oddities of everyday awkward situations with Tran playing multiple characters. In 2007, barely a year after uploading her first video, she was foremost among the Australian YouTube celebrities invited to participate in the launch of YouTube Australia. In 2011, Natalie made The Sydney Morning Herald’s annual list of Sydney's 100 Most Influential People. In 2013, Natalie surpassed half a billion views and in 2014 was nominated for Young Australian of the Year. Natalie thinks bios make you sound more interesting than you are.

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Rosie Waterland (Australian)

Other than writing one of the most honest memoirs this decade, Rosie Waterland is a media phenomenon. Only 28 years old, she rose to fame with her laugh-out-loud funny recaps of The Bachelor, which had people clicking onto the Mamamia website in astounding numbers. Richard Glover announced it as 'the best television writing since Clive James'. The Anti Cool Girl is her first book. She also is the host of The Binge, a podcast about television.

Emma Jane (Australian)

Emma A. Jane (previously known as Emma Tom) is an Australian Research Council DECRA Fellow and Senior Lecturer at the University of New South Wales. She is currently running a three-year DECRA project into the impact of gendered cyberhate called ‘Cyberhate: the new digital divide?’. Prior to commencing her academic career, Emma spent nearly 25 years working in the print, electronic, and online media. She has written seven books including a novel, Deadset, which won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Asia and the South Pacific for Best First Novel in 1997. Her seventh book – Modern Conspiracy: The Importance of Being Paranoid, co-authored with Chris Fleming, was published by Bloomsbury in August, 2014. Her eighth book, Cultural Studies: Theory and Practice, co-authored with Chris Barker, is currently in production with Sage. Emma is also working on a new book about online misogyny for Sage which will be published later in 2016.



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