The Internet Society of Australia has today called for a balanced, evidence-based approach as the Government moves to address the threat of terrorism.

CEO, Laure Patton, said his board and members understood community concerns about terrorism. However there is also widespread concern at responses that could damage the Internet’s enduring open and accessible nature – the key feature that has made it such an important communications tool in the 21st Century.

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The Internet Society of Australia has urged its members and all interested parties to take advantage of the opportunity to comment on the draft Online Copyright Infringement Code released today.

Following a period for public comment a finalised Code will be submitted in April for registration by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA).


The Internet Society is a member of the stakeholder advisory group that had input into the draft Code. However, CEO Laurie Patton has indicated that the Society is keen for its members to provide their views on the draft during the public comment period.

"It's not often that the public is given the ability to make its voice heard on important initiatives such as this. There are many aspects of the draft Code that will impact on Internet users and it is important that every angle is presented and considered before ACMA accepts the Code for registration", Mr Patton commented.

 The Internet Society of Australia has called on the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (PJCIS) to recommend a total rethink of the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Amendment (Data Retention) Bill. Internet Society of Australia CEO, Laurie Patton, said his board and members are extremely concerned that the legislation, as currently drafted, simply won't achieve the Government's stated aims while constituting a serious threat to existing civil rights protections. At our appearance before the PJCIS the Society offered to assist the Committee and the Government by providing expert technical advice. At the Committee's request we have since provided a confidential supplementary report.

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Mr Laurie Patton has been appointed the new CEO of the Internet Society of Australia. The Society looks forward to expanding our work in helping shape our Internet future at both national and international levels.

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Article on Laurie Patton in the Business Spectator here


The Internet Society of Australia is pleased to announce its executive for 2015: George Fong, President; Paul Brooks, Vice-President; Craig Ng, Honorary Treasurer; and Roger Clarke, Honorary Secretary.

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