Alston and ABA
Sun, 7 Sep 1997 22:13:46 +1000
At 9:39 PM 7/9/97, Graham Greenleaf wrote:
>It has now, and is at http://www.dca.gov.au/mediarel/c10697.html
Comments on what it says -
>ABA to assist development of online content codes
> 'As I announced in July with my colleague, the Attorney-General Mr Daryl
> Williams, the Government has decided that as a general rule material
> that is
> considered illegal offline should be considered illegal online.
Nobody can argue with this (within the limitations of national legislative
> procedures to enable parental supervision of minors;
> means of facilitating the development and use of labelling
> and filtering
> technologies; and
Presumably this would be satisfied by a link from their site to filtering
options available and sites which enabled them to acquire software to do
> a practical and effective complaints mechanism.
If the provision of a webmaster email address sufficient?
> Senator Alston said the ABA had also been asked to investigate:
> national educational strategies to ensure Australians
> accessing services
> available online utilise these services in the most
effective and productive
Means what??? This can range from the costs of access, that is a consumers
type survey, to an exercise of training the public on how to use the net.
I don't think the ABA would thing that was appropriate.
> 'While the Government is committed to a workable regulatory
regime for online
> content, parents and other guardians will ultimately have very
> to play,' Senator Alston said.
An excellent statement.
> 'The Government intends to release draft exposure legislation in
>the next few
> months prior to then introducing the necessary legislative amendments to
> implement the national framework.'
Lets us hope that the legislation is something that can be enforced in a
practical way and not bypassed by anybody under 16 or with a bit of
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