Biography of Andre Oboler

Dr Andre Oboler is a social media and online public diplomacy expert. He is lecturer in cyber-security, cyber-terrorism, cyber-warfare, privacy and surveillance in the La Trobe University Law School. He is also Managing Director of the Online Hate Prevention Institute. He received his PhD in computer science from Lancaster University, UK and his LLM(JD) from Monash University, Australia. Dr Oboler has also been a Post-Doctoral Fellow in Political Science at Bar-Ilan University, Israel.

Dr Oboler serves on the Executive of the Jewish Community Council of Victoria (JCCV), as a Councillor on the Executive Council of Australian Jewry (ECAJ), and as Vice Chair of the IEEE Australia Council. Internationally he serves as a member of the Australian Government’s official delegation to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), as Vice Chair (Geographic Activities) of the IEEE Computer Society’s Membership and Geographic Activities Board and a member of the IEEE’s Global Public Policy Committee.

Dr Oboler has previously served as co-chair of the working group on Online Antisemitism for the Israeli Government’s Global Forum to Combat Antisemitism, as an expert member of the Inter-Parliamentary Coalition for Combating Antisemitism (ICCA) and as a Distinguished Visitor for the IEEE Computer Society. He has held a number of other leadership roles in community organisations and professional bodies.

Dr Oboler provides consultation on online strategy to community organisations, NGOs, companies, and governments. He is responsible for a number of leading online projects including Meet Gilad, Talk Gaza, Durban Review, ZionismOnTheWebJoe’s Israel and many more. In addition to Online Strategy, Dr Oboler is also available as a consultant / contractor in the areas of Software Development, Reputation Management, Search Engine Optimization, Digital Campaigns and other areas.

Dr Oboler’s work is regularly featured in the media along with his analysis and commentary on issues and events related to technology and society. He is a former regular columnist for the Jerusalem Post.

Dr Oboler was previously the Director of the Community Internet Engagement Project at the Zionist Federation of Australia. He is a former Legacy Heritage Fellow at NGO Monitor in Jerusalem. He is a member of the ROI Community and of Monash University’s John Bertrand Leadership Series. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE, a Member of the Victorian Society for Computers and the Law and a Members of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. In 2015 he was awarded the Jewish Changemaker Award for contribution to Australian Society.