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."