[LINK] RFC: Evidence for Joint Select Ctee on Cybersafety

Roger Clarke Roger.Clarke at xamax.com.au
Fri Mar 18 16:44:29 AEDT 2011

Thanks for thoughts received to date.

It's not easy to come up with new things to say, or ways to say them.

But I sense that the Ctee is finely-balanced on a number of aspects 
of cyber-safety, so my aim is to strengthen the hand of the good guys 
and weaken the position of the bad guys.

I have to finalise and send the submission this Sunday evening:

Constructively negative comment greatly appreciated, on- or off-list!


Roger wrote on Thu, 10 Mar 2011 16:54:53 +1100
>I've been invited to give 5 minutes' evidence, in my personal 
>capacity, prior to becoming available as the conservatives' 
>I'd appreciate any leads on:
>-   the current state of play in the Committee and its deliberations
>-   pressure-points worth considering
>-   clear and short expositions of filtering issues
>One of the key things I need would seem to be:  what collateral 
>damage would arise from such a scheme that would convey **to 
>conservatives** that there are risks involved in doing this, not 
>just in not doing it?
>Q:  Surely you support doing absolutely anything that will stop kiddies
>     being harmed?
>A:  Not if (a) it won't do that, and (b) it will do a lot of harm
>     in other ways, such as ...
>Monday 21 March 2011 ,11:30-12:00
>Joint Select Ctee on Cyber-Safety
>Inquiry into cyber-safety issues affecting children and young people
>"You will be invited to give a five minute opening statement in 
>which to highlight the factors you consider key to the inquiry, 
>followed by a discussion prompted by questions from Members of the 
>The ToR are reasonably broad:
>But verbally, I understand that their primary interest is filtering.
>There have been 6 hearings to date, but this may be (one of?) the 
>last.  And I happen to be at the end of the session (so there's 
>scope for even more, or even less, impact).
>       (121 plus supps.  There's no way I can read all that!!)

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