The Internet Society is pleased to see that both the Government and the Opposition have this week recognised the need to foster the development of Australia's digitally enabled economy, which is underpinned by the Internet.


The announcement of funding for the Digital Transformation Office is an important recognition of the need to embrace digital technologies in improving productivity. It shows the way forward for other governments and for businesses. Innovation is the answer to how we create 21st Century jobs, both for young people entering the workforce and mature aged workers being displaced as our marketplace restructures.

 Full Media Release here.


 

Some observations about the $131 million reportedly to be allocated to cover the industry's implementation costs of the Data Retention scheme.
"This is less than half the amount the Government itself estimated as the cost to industry when the Data Retention Bill was presented to Parliament.

The implementation process is still being fine-tuned by the Attorney General's department. The Internet Society and the Communications Alliance are advising the department on how the requirements will impact ISPs. The feedback we are giving them is demonstrating that the Government has greatly underestimated the work involved. Therefore, we believe that it is too early to be capping the amount of money allocated to the industry's cost recovery.

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This morning, Internet Society of Australia team members, CEO Laurie Patton and Director Holly Raiche, presented at the the Senate Standing Committees on Legal and Constitutional Affairs inquiry into the Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill 2015. In his opening remarks, our CEO noted:

"We are concerned that ad hoc legislative changes designed to address specific issues such as site blocking are at odds with good policy making because they risk unintended consequences that can impact on the trust and the efficiency the underpins the Internet.

We believe that blocking access to international websites will be largely ineffective, being relatively easy to bypass. The costs to the Internet industry – and ultimately passed on to consumers – will be significant, disproportionate and unjustifiable."

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The Internet Society of Australia has accepted an invitation to join an Experts Group formed to provide advice on the implementation of the Data Retention Bill recently passed by the Federal Parliament. 

The Experts Group has been created at the request of a joint government-industry Implementation Working Group and assists the IWG by providing technical input from an industry perspective.

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The Internet Society of Australia has given cautious support to the Copyright Notice Scheme Code 2015, lodged today for registration with the Australian Communications and Media Authority.

“We acknowledge that so-called ‘Internet piracy’ is an issue requiring attention”, commented Internet Society CEO Laurie Patton. “However, we will remain vigilant to the risk that Australian Internet users are unfairly treated by any content rights holders”.

 Full Media Release here