News and Updates
As we await the Government's much anticipated Innovation Statement Internet Australia has warned against allowing innovation to become a "politician's toy" in the run up to the federal elections.
Internet Australia, the peak body representing Internet users, today described as “incredibly frustrating” a refusal to meet from the Government’s much vaunted Digital Transformation Office.
Internet Australia is just one of a number of civil society and industry groups that are apparently finding the door to the DTO firmly shut or are being left out of the loop when it comes to stakeholder engagement.
“We asked for a meeting and were told to come back next year”, said CEO Laurie Patton. “They said they were too busy to see us”.
“Expert organisations such as ourselves will be better able to assist if we’re involved from the outset, in the formative stages of the DTO's operations, rather than down the track when their plans and initiatives have been locked in”.
Internet Australia, the peak body representing Internet users, today repeated its “serious concerns” at reports racing authorities are continuing a campaign seeking access to the controversial data retention scheme.
IA was responding to a report in The Australian that a meeting of racing ministers from all states yesterday unanimously agreed to seek access to the scheme.
Internet Australia, the peak body representing Internet users, today called for widespread debate on all the provisions of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, especially those that could have “hidden consequences” for Internet users. The official text of the TPP agreement was only released late last week.
CEO Laurie Patton commented: “It is unfortunate that organisations like Internet Australia were not consulted during our Government’s negotiations over the TPP. There is a great deal of material for us to go through now and some of it has significant implications for the Internet”.
A recently formed Parliamentary Friends of the Internet group is holding its first meeting open to the public next Tuesday, November 10th, at 4:30pm at Parliament House Canberra.
Internet Australia CEO, Laurie Patton, said today PFI events provided an opportunity to meet with MP’s and senators who are interested in understanding more about the Internet and its potential to support Australia’s economic and social development.