Internet Australia, the peak body representing Internet users, has called for bipartisan support for the startup sector in the light of today’ “policy hack” organised by Federal Assistant Minister for Innovation Wyatt Roy.

CEO Laurie Patton has written an ‘open letter’ to participants urging them to coordinate their future efforts and offering to provide Internet Australia’s support and assistance.

Mr Patton told participants of #policyhack: “We need to make this a bipartisan issue. Otherwise every time the government changes the rules will change. Policy uncertainty is the kiss of death for innovation.

 Full Media Release here.


 

Internet Australia, the peak body representing Internet users, today welcomed the release of the NBN three year plan, which gives greater certainty to the market and to Internet consumers.

CEO Laurie Patton commented: “Our members have genuine concerns about the viability of the ageing copper network which should not be ignored, but whatever technology is used, we need to make sure the rollout is undertaken as quickly and efficiently as possible.

 Full Media Release here.

Internet Australia, the peak body representing Internet users, has renewed calls on the Federal Government to review the Data Retention Act, which is due to come into effect from next Tuesday (13 October 2015).

CEO Laurie Patton said today that a statutory review of the Act, scheduled for three years after it is fully operational, should be brought forward so that problems are sorted out sooner rather than later. “We maintain that the process is so flawed that it should not be allowed to go unchecked for that long. We are talking about major security issues and significant costs that need to be dealt with now”.

 Full Media release here.


 

Internet Australia (formerly known as the Internet Society of Australia) is pleased to announce the
appointment of former senior public servant Keith Besgrove to its board of directors. Mr Besgrove
replaces long time board member Roger Clarke who retired at this year’s AGM held in Melbourne on
Tuesday (6 October 2015).
The AGM also approved a new Constitution, which is the latest in a number of significant changes
made over the past year.

 Full Media Release here.


 

Internet Australia, the peak body representing Internet users, has supported industry calls for urgent clarification on government funding to cover the impending introduction of the Data Retention Act. The Act is due to apply from October 13th and yet the Attorney-General's Department has so far failed to provide its proposed guidelines for the distribution of financial compensation to Internet Service Providers required to comply with the Act.

 Full Media Release here.