Request for the BEST and WORST of the Internet to show the Senate
Wed, 29 Mar 1995 10:20:11 +1000
The Select Committee on Community Standards Relevant to the Supply of Services
Utilising Electronic Technologies has asked me to participate in a Public
Seminar on the Regulation of Bulletin Board Systems 4 April 1995, Committee
Room 2S3, Parliament House, Canberra.
The committee is making available an Internet connection to enable witnesses
who wish to do so to demonstrate what can be obtained from computer links.
The ACS is not "pro" or "anti" network regulation, so much as interested in
assisting the community make choices on the use of technology for community
benefit. To that end I propose to show the "best" and the "worst" of the
I invite members of the networking community to suggest the "best" and the
"worst" of the Internet. That is the material you consider of the highest
quality and the most socially worthwhile, or that of the least value and
possibly harmful (in particular for children).
As an example of the "best" the Internet I would nominate: URL:
Please include your name, e-mail and physical address with your suggestion.
These details will be included in the presentation to the Senate and be part
of the public Parliamentary record. Anonymous suggestions or those without a
physical address will not be accepted.
Please note that this is not an invitation for submissions or comment on the
issues censorship or pornography. Just send one "best" and/or one "worst"
and the URL of the Internet resource/s. If you consider no Internet material
"good" then don't send a "best", if you consider none "bad" then don't send
The ACS/EFA Joint Task Force on Freedom in Cyberspace will release a draft
report soon, via the newsgroups ACS.ORG.ACS & AUS.ORG.EFA. You are welcome
to discuss the issues in those forums.
The contact for the Senate committee is: Michael McLean, Acting Secretary,
Select Committee on Community Standards Relevant to the Supply of Services
Utilising Electronic Technologies, Parliament House, Canberra, ACT 2600
Australia Fax: +61 6 2775809
I will request permission of the Senate for the transcript of the seminar to
be made available on the Internet.
Tom Worthington, Director of the Community Affairs Board, Fax: +61 6 2496419
Australian Computer Society Inc., G.P.O. Box 446, Canberra A.C.T. 2601,
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