Internet Australia today described the Standing Committee on Infrastructure and Communications report into the use of Subsection 313(3) of the Telecommunications Act 1997 as a ”step in the right direction”.

CEO Laurie Patton commented that “while the report doesn’t recommend all that we proposed the recommendations made would, if effectively implemented, reduce many of the current problems associated with Section 313”.

"The committee has clearly listened to organisations like Internet Australia and drawn on their expertise to deliver a report that recognises the serious flaws in the current legislation", Mr Patton added.

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The Internet Society of Australia today revealed its new name – Internet Australia.

Announcing this, President George Fong, noted that the change of name is designed to give the Society a more contemporary image in keeping with the board’s determination to take a higher profile in fostering informed debate about Internet related issues.

“Our mission – Helping Shape Our Internet Future – is to promote Internet developments for the benefit of the whole community, including business, educational, government and private Internet users”, said Mr Fong.

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The Internet Society of Australia has today called on the Federal Government to delay "site blocking" legislation while undertaking an independent study of the real extent of "video piracy" and its purported costs to the local industry.

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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.

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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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