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Award-Winning Activist and Law Reform Campaigner. Legal Researcher. Lawyer. Advisor. Keynote Speaker. Feminist. 


Noelle Martin has a Bachelor of Laws and Arts (major in philosophy) from Macquarie University, and a Master of Laws from the University of Western Australia. 


She was admitted as a lawyer in Western Australia in 2020.


She has worked as a judge's associate (Research Orderly) at the Supreme Court of Western Australia, and at the Department of Justice in Western Australia. 

She is currently working as a researcher at the UWA Tech & Policy Lab. Her Higher Degree by Research is supported by an Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship, co-funded by the UCLA Center on Race & Digital Justice. 


For over a decade, Noelle Martin has been the target of perpetrators fabricating and distributing fake pornographic images and deepfakes of her without her consent. She has turned her survival story into a global fight for justice.


She was awarded Young Western Australian of the Year in 2019, listed as an honoree on the Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia list of 2019, nominated for Advocate of the Year for the marie claire 2023 Women of the Year Awards, and listed on marie claire's 2023 Power List of '20 Women Who Have Inspired Us this Year' for her efforts to help criminalise image-based sexual abuse across Australia, and advocate for justice in the digital rights space.

She was the only Australian to stand with two Attorney Generals - in New South Wales and Western Australia - at history-making press conferences announcing new criminal offences to distribute, record, and threaten to distribute or record, intimate images and videos without consent.

Beyond Australia, she has fought for justice in news media all over the world: from the US, Canada, the UK, the Netherlands, Japan, Germany, New Zealand, France, Spain, and Ireland, to name a few. Her work has reached the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, BBC, and the Boston Globe, among countless others.

She has served as an advisor for the Pathways to Digital Justice project with the World Economic Forum. And was quoted by the FBI and Homeland Security in an official report on deepfakes after being invited to speak with them on the matter.


Noelle Martin completed her Master of Laws dissertation on the vast global implications of the metaverse.


She has continued her research on the metaverse jointly with Associate Professor Julia Powles at The University of Western Australia.


Her joint work and research have been featured in the Financial Times (US), MIT Tech Review, the UK’s Times Radio, and Sky News Australia, among others.

The most urgent threat of deepfakes isn't politics

The most urgent threat of deepfakes isn't politics

The real threat of deepfakes, explained with Kristen Bell. Join the Open Sourced Reporting Network: Actress Kristen Bell first found out there were deepfake porn videos of her online from her husband, actor Dax Shepherd. In the videos, her face has been manipulated onto porn stars’ bodies. “I was just shocked,” the actress told Vox. “It's hard to think about that I'm being exploited.” And this isn’t only happening to celebrities. Noelle Martin, a recent law graduate in Perth, Australia, discovered that someone took photos she’d shared on social media and used them first to photoshop her face into nude images, and then to create deepfake videos. Deepfakes are often portrayed as a political threat — fake videos of politicians making comments they never made. But in a recent report, the research group Deeptrace found that 96% of deepfakes found online are pornographic. Of those videos, virtually all are of women. And virtually all are made without their consent. Sources: "The State of Deepfakes" Defining "Deepfake" "Deepfakes and Cheapfakes: The Manipulation of Audio and Visual Evidence" "An Introduction to Neural Networks and Autoencoders" "Deep Fakes: A Looming Challenge for Privacy, Democracy, and National Security" Open Sourced is a year-long reporting project from Recode by Vox that goes deep into the closed ecosystems of data, privacy, algorithms, and artificial intelligence. Learn more at Join the Open Sourced Reporting Network: This project is made possible by the Omidyar Network. All Open Sourced content is editorially independent and produced by our journalists. Watch all episodes of Open Sourced right here on YouTube: is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out Watch our full video catalog: Follow Vox on Facebook: Or Twitter:
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