Computers and Law: Journal for the Australian and New Zealand Societies for Computers and the Law
A NOTE FROM THE EDITORS
Welcome to the rebirth of Computers & Law, the Journal for the Australian and New Zealand Societies for Computers and the Law (now the Australasian Society for Computers and Law). It has been a long time in the coming but it is now here and with a new look and format and a permanent home.
As with the evolution of the Australasian Society for Computers and Law (AUSCL), the journal, Computers & Law, was ready for change. Taking advantage of not only technological developments but also the opportunity of open access, the journal provides a range of publication types from fully refereed Academic Articles to Thought Leadership Essays, and Industry Reports.
We think you will agree that the 5 Academic Articles, 3 Thought Leadership Essays and 3 Industry Reports in this Volume 94 provide a variety of opportunities for readers to engage with current issues in the field. The topics covered include the challenge of copyright and NFTs, ethical AI and SMEs, quantum technologies’ impact on society, the copyright protection of data and data bases, the Digital Platform Ombud Scheme, explainable AI in healthcare, self-regulation of social media platforms, cyber insurance and more. This journal is an opportunity for each of the AUSCL Workstreams to report on their achievements either in the form of Industry Reports or the submission of a Thought Leadership Essay while the Academic Articles provide an avenue for the excellent research being conducted in our universities and abroad to have a wider readership and real-world impact.
This volume 94 is published by AustLII Foundation Press which is a new publishing endeavour of AustLII. We are grateful to AustLII and especially Associate Professor Philip Chung and Professor Andrew Mowbray (who have joined our Editorial Board) for this partnership and for providing a permanent home for this and subsequent issues of Computers & Law. With the launch of this volume, it is our intention to provide early access to articles online as and when they are accepted and ready for publication, hence you will notice the special page numbering system. Once an appropriate number of articles, essays and reports are gathered an issue will be published, which means we have the flexibility to publish more than one issue per year (that is per volume). We are also entertaining the possibility of publishing special issues as and when they are requested and approved by the editorial board.
We are now gearing up for the 40th Anniversary issue of Computers & Law and look forward to receiving many more submissions across the three categories. The deadline for submissions will be 15 December 2023 and must follow the Information for Contributors described in this volume including the 4th edition of the Australian Guide to Legal Citation.[*] Questions and submissions should be sent to the <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
Meanwhile, we hope you enjoy this volume and we express our gratitude to all those who have contributed.
Professor Natalie P Stoianoff (Editor-in-Chief)
Associate Professor Maria O’Sullivan (Managing Editor – Academic)
Rob MacLean (Managing Editor – Industry)
Associate Professor Philip Chung
Dr Rita Matulionyte
Professor Andrew Mowbray
Professor John Zeleznikow
[*] AGLC4 is available at <https://law.unimelb.edu.au/mulr/aglc/about>.