"Internet Australia (IA) commends NBN's decision to engage retired telco workers and to create an expanded workforce to help fast track the construction of the National Broadband Network”, said CEO Laurie Patton today.

"We particularly encourage them to create jobs for young people, especially those living in regional and remote areas.

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Internet Australia (IA) applauds the decision of Labor's National Conference to hold a review of the Data Retention Act.

CEO Laurie Patton commented that IA shares the concerns expressed about the number of agencies granted access to people's metadata and the threat to personal privacy rights from the legislation passed earlier in the year with the support of the Opposition.

Mr Patton also drew attention to the difficulties being experienced by ISP's as they deal with the complex implementation requirements of the Act.

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The global Internet Society today released its 2015 Global Internet Report, finding that mobile has fundamentally transformed Internet access and use, and holds the key to fulfilling the promise of Internet connectivity for the next billion people around the world. Internet Australia is the local chapter of the Internet Society. CEO Laurie Patton welcomed the report pointing out that the trend to mobile is evident here in Australia although perhaps to a lesser extent than in some developing countries.

 Media Release here.


 

 

Internet Australia has called on the Government and the Opposition to support a national forum designed to bring people together to find an agreed path towards Australia’s digital future. “Our proposal is for a Digital Future Forum where industry leaders, trade unions, academics and politicians put aside their competitive tensions and concede that we have much more to agree about than we have to argue over when it comes to our future economic prosperity,” said Internet Australia CEO Laurie Patton.

“We have written to the PM and the Opposition Leader asking them to support the Forum. We have asked the Government to fund the event to be run later this year or early next year”.

 

 Full Media Release here.

Article in the Australian can be found here: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/technology/australias-digital-future-needs-bipartisan-support/story-e6frgb0o-1227420660359


 

Internet Australia maintains its strong view that site blocking legislation is an unjustified step at this time.

"We repeat our call on the Government to delay the Bill for at least a year in order to measure the effect of the recent launch of SVOD services, thereby making available much of the content allegedly being 'pirated', and the about-to-be-established "three strikes" warning system, “ said Internet Australia CEO Laurie Patton.

  Full Media Release here