David Vaile became executive director of the Cyberspace Law and Policy Centre (as it then was) in 2002, and co-convenor of the new Cyberspace Law and Policy Community in 2013. He has coordinated Centre support for ARC research projects such Unlocking IP, Interpreting Privacy Principles and Regulating Online Investing, including input into public policy processes; and presents for the Community at conferences and fora; runs intern programs; and teaches Cyberspace Law, Law in the Information Age, Managing Organisational Risk (in ASB), and Advanced Legal Research/Legal Research and Writing.
His background in law, IT and communications includes work in areas such electronic health records software (JAM Software), appellate legal research (Legal Aid NSW, teaching Advanced Legal Research and adapting it to online delivery as Legal Research and Writing), data protection (Privacy Commissioner's Office), public interest and test case litigation (Public Interest Advocacy Centre and others), co-founding the virtual community for NGO lawyers and advocates ('First Class Law' with the Law and Justice Foundation of NSW and NACLC), online professional education (Access Online Cooperative Multimedia Centre/Australian Multimedia Testing Centre), and governance of IT risks. More recently David's interest in online regulation has resulted in collaboration with NSW Privacy Commissioner's Office, Judicial College of Victoria, and the Licensing Executives Society of Australia, as well as a range of consumer and non-government bodies. The network security domain has seen work with international and domestic policing and law enforcement, and IT security and infrastructure firms.
His research interests include e-security and IT risk management, personal safety online, digital content regulation, privacy and data protection, communications confidentiality and personal information security, jurisdictional issues, copyright and digital IP, e-health records, and user-centred design.