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Monica Lewinsky: A Compassionate Internet

9 November 2019
8.00pm – 9.00pm AEDT
Bay 17, Carriageworks, 245 Wilson St, Eveleigh
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Monica Lewinsky portrait unthinkably upside down

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Can we reclaim a kinder, gentler internet? The idealism of the early internet has given way to a toxic environment. Monica Lewinsky asks whether we can break through the anger and hatred that permeate the internet.

This in conversation is hosted by Leigh Sales.

I was patient zero of losing a personal reputation on a global scale almost instantaneously.

Monica Lewinsky

When shamings are delivered like remotely administered drone strikes, nobody needs to think about how ferocious our collective power might be. The snowflake never needs to feel responsible for the avalanche.

Jon Ronson

When this happened to me, 17 years ago, there was no name for it. Now we call it cyber-bullying.

Monica Lewinsky

I would cross Australia to go and see her [Monica] speak.

Annabel Crabb

Presented by the UNSW Centre for Ideas and Carriageworks.

This session is supported by The Wheeler Centre. Monica Lewinsky appears by arrangement with Saxton Speakers Bureau. Leigh Sales AM appears by arrangement with Claxton Speakers International.


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Wheelchair Accessible

Carriageworks has a wheelchair ramp and level access at all entrances. There is level access and accessible seating available in all venues along with multiple accessible toilets. Accessible parking is available at the end of Carriageworks Way. Enter via 229 Wilson Street. The closest train station with wheelchair access is Newtown Station.

Auslan & Captioning

The Centre for Ideas can provide Auslan and captioning services for selected talks upon request. 

Companion Card

The Centre for Ideas supports the Companion Card program. For patrons who require assistance of a companion or carer, a second ticket is issued at no cost to the Companion Card holder.


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Monica Lewinsky

Monica Lewinsky

Monica Lewinsky is a social activist, global public speaker, consultant and contributing editor to Vanity Fair. She advocates for a safer social media environment and addresses such topics as digital resilience, privacy, cultivating compassion, overcoming shame, and equality for women.

Leigh Sales

Leigh Sales

Leigh Sales AM is one of Australia’s most respected journalists. As the new presenter of Australian Story and the recent host of the ABC’s flagship current affairs program, 7.30, she has interviewed dozens of world leaders and celebrities, including Hillary Clinton, Tony Blair, the Dalai Lama, Paul McCartney, Elton John, Harrison Ford, Tom Hanks, Salman Rushdie, Margaret Atwood and Bill Gates. She has interviewed every living Australian Prime Minister, as well as the late Bob Hawke, and has anchored the last three federal elections for the ABC. Leigh is the winner of three Walkley Awards, Australia’s highest journalism honour; the author of the books Detainee 002, On Doubt, Well Hello and the bestselling Any Ordinary Day; and the co-host of the popular podcast Chat 10 Looks 3 with Annabel Crabb. In 2023, her service to journalism and the community was recognised with an honorary doctorate from Edith Cowan University.

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