The University of Sydney IT Alumni Association (USITAA)

Discussion Forum the Australian internet filtering scheme


The expert panel consisted of:

Associate Professor Bjorn Landfeldt joined the University’s School of Information Technologies in 2004. He was part of a team commissioned by the Australian Government in 2008 to investigate the feasibility of implementing content filtering at the ISP level. He has acted as a spokesperson for the Computer Research and Education (CORE) in its opposition to this policy.

Iarla Flynn. Google’s change of policy in China made headlines around the world in recent weeks. The company is concerned the scope of Refused Classification in Australia is too broad, raising genuine questions about restricting access to information.

Louise Collins was the main author of the Feasibility of ISP Level Content Filtering report, published by the Government in December 2008. She has considerable industry experience in managing the issues and risks organisations must deal with when Government-mandated programs are implemented.

Jonathan Nicholas is Acting CEO at the Inspire Foundation, a national organisation established to prevent youth suicide and improve the mental health and wellbeing of young people. He has extensively researched the social impact of technology on youth.

David Vaile has been executive director of the Cyberspace Law and Policy Centre at the University of New South Wales since 2002. His research interests include personal information security and safety online. He is working on a proposed collaborative ARC research project, Internet Content: Children and Young People, Filtering and Emerging Technologies. He is also on the board of the Australian Privacy Foundation.

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