The Assistance and Access Bill was passed in late 2018 but despite its nickname "the encryption bill" it promotes insecurity and a dangerous global precedent, says the Independent National Security Legislation Monitor. Expecting Parliament to commence a review of the bill today, Internet Australia calls for the INSLM recommendations to be accepted.
ICT industry executive and former Internet Australia CEO Laurie Patton says the Australian Government’s planned introduction of a coronavirus contact-tracing app poses the potential for the illegal or inappropriate use of people’s personal information, and the prospect of “catastrophic” accidents.
ICT industry executive Laurie Patton has proposed that the Federal Government immediately fund the operator of the National Broadband Network, NBN Co, to employ suitably qualified people currently being retrenched as a result of the COVID-19 crisis - and to train and deploy them to start upgrading the FTTN connections to fibre so that everyone has access to fast broadband.
The newly re-elected president of Australia’s Telecommunications Association (TelSoc), Reg Coutts, says Australia has fallen “somewhat behind” its APAC neighbours in recent years in developing the technologies that will be required to flourish in the 21st century.
The compromise encryption bill drafted by the government and Labor demonstrates just one thing – that bullying pays off, the head of Internet Australia, Dr Paul Brooks, claims.
The level of public criticism and opposition to the Federal Government's encryption bill has come about because it was developed with very little consultation and then suddenly dumped on the public, the head of Internet Australia, Dr Paul Brooks, says.
A day after Internet Australia called on the Department of Home Affairs to publish more of the submissions to the Federal Government's encryption bill, an additional 232 submissions have been placed on the department's website, bringing the total to 343 at the time of writing (7.50am AEST Wednesday).
Internet Australia, a not-for-profit that claims to represent Internet users in the country, has urged Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton to intervene in what it characterises as "the inadequate consultation process" over the encryption bill that was presented to Parliament last month.
Internet Australia, which claims to represent its members and not the industry, has changed its voting procedures ahead of its annual general meeting which is scheduled to be held in either October or November.
Internet Australia has raised serious privacy and security concerns about the Australian Government’s proposal to introduce a new cyber encryption law, warning the draft law seeks unprecedented expansion of powers to access citizen’s devices.
The chief of the Australian Smart Communities Association, Laurie Pattton, has called for multi-level government co-operation to help make Australia a world leader in the smart use of technology to improve cities and communities.
The newly installed chief of the Australian Smart Communities Association, Laurie Patton, says it may be time to consider encouraging businesses and the people they employ to move to regional centres – and to turn the demand for broadband outside the capital cities into a solution, rather than seeing it as a problem.
Internet Australia says the “dramatic surge” in complaints by consumers and small business about telecommunications services, particularly Internet services, is unacceptable and must be urgently addressed by the entire retail and wholesale supply chain.
Former Internet Australia chief executive and executive director Laurie Patton has taken up a new role as the first full-time chief executive of the Australian Smart Communities Association.
The head of an organisation that represents non-dominant telecommunications carriers in Australia says there is no need for any further inquiry to find out why customers are experiencing slower speeds on the NBN than what they had with their old copper connections.
The spate of negative coverage that the NBN has received appears to have finally had some effect in Canberra, with the federal government announcing today that the Australian Communications and Media Authority would conduct research and collect data on the NBN customer experience.
Cyber security is the major concern for Internet users in the Asia-Pacific region, a survey by the Internet Society has found. Last year, cyber security was second among users' concerns.
Internet Australia executive director Laurie Patton has repeated his call for the government and Opposition to come together and commit to using fibre-to-the-distribution-point for as much of the possible of the remainder of the NBN rollout.
Internet Australia chief Laurie Patton has called for a bipartisan political solution to solve what he says are key problems of the national broadband network, including speed issues confronted by consumers.
Internet Australia executive director Laurie Patton says unless there is a quick turnaround in thinking, the problems experienced by people who are switching to the NBN will get worse as the rollout proceeds.
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