News and Updates
This week, Internet Australia was proud to join over 110 other organisations around the globe supporting an open letter encouraging Facebook to increase the end-to-end security across Facebook’s messaging services - this letter can be found at https://cdt.org/insight/open-letter-facebooks-end-to-end-encryption-plans.
Internet Australia is deeply concerned to note the Australian government’s request to Facebook to halt plans to introduce strong end-to-end encryption in its messaging systems, in an open letter signed by the Australian Minister for Home Affairs, Hon Peter Dutton, along with his counterparts from the USA and the UK .
It is ironic that this entreaty for Facebook to NOT improve the security and confidentiality of its online messaging platform is made in StaySmartOnline Week, on the same day the Government’s own cyber security centre revealed Australians are reporting cybercrimes every 10 minutes. These are just some of the very cyber crimes that encryption of messages is designed to thwart, by ensuring information is kept confidential from eavesdropping criminals seeking personal data that can be used to impersonate another trusted party.
Internet Australia is disappointed to note the brief advisory report from the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (PJCIS) released yesterday evening, prior to Parliament considering passing a modified Assistance and Access Bill on the final sitting day of 2018. The Coalition and Opposition have agreed to rush the highly complex laws through Parliament this year, just a few short months into their bipartisan public review.
“The only thing this Assistance and Access Bill compromise demonstrates is that bullying pays off” said Dr Paul Brooks, Chair of Internet Australia. “The extraordinary intervention by Minister Dutton and Prime Minister Morrison into the PJCIS timetable risks damaging the reputation of parliamentary process and public review, as many experts question the time, thought and expertise poured into providing independent expert testimony through the parliamentary committee process, only to have the advice largely dismissed or ignored.”
Following our AGM held on 7th November, and a meeting of the Directors of Internet Australia held earlier today, I am delighted to inform you of the officeholders for Internet Australia for the next twelve months:
|Chair||Dr Paul Brooks|
|Vice-Chair (International):||Ms Cheryl Langdon-Orr|
|Vice-Chair:||Mr Keith Besgrove|
|Vice-Chair:||Ms Sae Ra Germaine|
|Secretary:||Mr Roger Clarke|
|Treasurer:||Mr Geoff Huston|
and the other members of the Board of Directors are:
|Mr Greg Adamson|
|Mr James Horton|
|Mr Shantnu Kumar|
|Ms Holly Raiche|
|Ms Fiona Tweedie|
|Mr Peter Tonoli|
The Board of Internet Australia thanks Mr Craig O'Toole for his valuable service and wise counsel as Director and Treasurer for the past two years.
We look forward to building on the successes of the past years, and addressing the challenges and opportunities in the coming years for Australia, and with our colleagues across the Asia-Pacific and the wider Internet activity across the globe and off-world
Working for an open, globally-connected, secure, and trustworthy Internet for everyone.
A number of industry associations are calling for the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (PJCIS) not to scuttle the Parliamentary process and bow to Government pressure to wave through the Telecommunications and Other legislation Amendment (Assistance and Access) Bill 2018, also known as the Encryption Bill. The call came after Prime Minister Scott Morrison “insisted” that the PJCIS cut short its Inquiry into the Encryption Bill and the Bill be passed within the next fortnight.
Internet Australia Chair, Paul Brooks. said: “The Encryption Bill stands to have major consequences for millions of Australians, their confidential data, and on businesses that will be captured by the proposed Bill. Therefore, it is crucial that lawmakers give the Bill serious consideration and work with stakeholders to fix its well-documented flaws.
“There is a need for cool heads to prevail, accompanied by detailed analysis of the impact on Australians and Australian businesses, and for law makers to approach this important task systematically while following due Parliamentary process,”