Patron, Tech Policy Design Centre

The Hon. Julie Bishop

Pictured: The Hon Julie Bishop, ANU Chancellor
The Hon Julie Bishop, ANU Chancellor and Patron of the Tech Policy Design Centre

"Digital technologies are interwoven in the fabric of today's societies and economies and underpin our security. 

Globally, there is an urgent and increasing demand for new approaches to technology policy. 

In response, I am delighted to announce today a new ANU initiative to establish a Tech Policy Design Centre. 

The Centre will reimagine how policy can be used in a positive way to shape technology. 

This will help position our nation to harness the full potential of digital technologies while responsibly mitigating against future harms."

- the Hon. Julie Bishop, ANU Chancellor and Australia's 38th Foreign Minister, Patron of the Tech Policy Design Centre on 13 September 2021

The Hon Julie Bishop is Patron of the Tech Policy Design Centre.

As the 13th Chancellor of Australian National University (from 1 January 2020), the Hon Julie Bishop is the first female to hold the role. She served as Australia's 38th Minister for Foreign Affairs from 2013 until 2018, the first female in that position, as well as the first female Deputy Leader of the Federal Liberal Party, serving for 11 years from 2007 until 2018.

As Foreign Minister, Julie was an early global champion of the strategic importance of cyber and tech issues.  Under her leadership, Australia appointed its inaugural Ambassador for Cyber Affairs (a first of a kind position globally) and developed the 2017 International Cyber Engagement Strategy. The Strategy was world-leading in its depth and breadth. It provided a comprehensive policy framework across seven themes: Digital Trade, Cyber Security, Cybercrime, International Security, Internet Governance, Human Rights & Democracy, and Technology for Development.