About Carolyn

Carolyn Hough
Founder and Executive Director

Carolyn is one of Australia’s best known and well respected policy lawyers and strategic thinkers. She is an expert adviser on internet and communications law and policy, including copyright, classification and content regulation.

Carolyn advises clients on a range of strategic, policy and legal issues. She currently advises clients such as Netflix and peak body groups in the education sector. She assists global companies with Australia and New Zealand market entry assessments, and startup and scale ups with risk assessments and strategic reviews. She has also advised clients such as Google, Amazon, SBS and Time Warner, the Interactive Games Association of Australia , digital rights advocacy organisations, and copyright rights holder organisations such as the Motion Picture Association, APRA and Screenrights.

Carolyn has over 20 years of experience working with government departments, Boards, industry bodies and major corporations as a legal adviser, strategy coach, public policy professional and government relations manager.

Her previous roles include:

– Director, Eloquium Group, advising clients such as Amazon and Stripe.

– Advisory Committee member for the Australian Law Reform Commission’s review into Copyright and the Digital Economy

– Member of the Australian Government’s Ministerial Advisory Consultative Group on Cybersafety.

– Head of Government Relations and Public Affairs, and member of the Senior Management team, Google Australia & New Zealand

– Board Member, Internet Industry Association

– Special Counsel, Copyright & Communications, Minter Ellison Lawyers
(Clients included the peak body for Australia’s school/TAFE sectors, Optus, the Motion Picture Association of America, the Interactive Games Association of Australia, the Australian Subscription Television and Radio Association, various government departments and cultural institutions).

– Public Policy Manager, Telstra Regulatory

– Principal Legal Officer, New Technologies Section, Copyright Law Branch, Commonwealth Attorney–General’s Department

– Solicitor IP/IT Middletons Moore & Bevins

In 2001 Carolyn was awarded an Australia Day award for her work on the Copyright Amendment (Digital Agenda) Act 2000.