auIGF: Join in the debate around Australia's Internet future

Posted by Tom Valcanis on 11 September 2012

It’s only one month to go until the Australian Internet Governance Forum (auIGF) begins in Canberra. There’s a plethora of issues to be discussed surrounding the core themes of access, openness and privacy, security and internet governance.

We expect to see and hear many impassioned debates from all with a stake in the future of the Internet in Australia.

The Attorney General, Nicola Roxon of late has slated to introduce new data retention laws which would force all Australian telcos and internet service providers to store the online data of all Australians for up to two years. This could dramatically increase security on the Internet and put a clamp down on cybercrime. Opponents believe it’s a massive curb on our civil liberties and privacy.

Openness in the Internet came to public attention last week with the Optus TVNow case which has been taken to the Australian Law Reform Commission by the Australian Digital Alliance. Rights holders to televised sport claimed that near-live recording and replay capability breach copyrights; but should one be able to record free-to-air broadcasts on mobile devices they own and operate, free of interference?

We expect to hear expert opinion and analysis about this issue and many more at the Forum, taking place on 11-12 October at the Hotel Realm. The forum is about what you want to get out of it – you can use our online forum to suggest a workshop, raise your issues and have your say.

The auIGF is jointly convened by auDA, the Internet Industry Association, the Australian chapter of the Internet Society (ISOC-AU), the Australian Communication Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) and the Asia-Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC).  It also has industry support from partners including Google, Facebook, iiNET, AusRegistry and Maddocks.

Click here to register and find out more.