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Internet Industry Association changes board

Internet Industry Association changes board

Mandatory ISP filtering and content regulation set to dominate 2010, according to outgoing chairman

The Internet Industry Association (IIA) announced a newly elected board during it 15th annual gala in Sydney.

A total of seven new members were selected with most coming from technology companies and law firms.

The new members are:

  • iiNet CTO, Greg Bader
  • Yahoo! Asia-Pacific director, Samantha York
  • Curtin University of Technology head of the department of Internet studies, Associate Professor Matthew Allen
  • Baker & McKenzie Lawyers partner, Patrick Fair
  • Gilbert + Tobin Lawyers partner, Peter Leonard
  • stratsec CTO, Nick Ellsmore
  • Webroot Software managing director Asia Pacific, Charles Heunemann

According to outgoing chairman, Chris Hancock, the board will face a year of stiff challenges despite iiNet’s successful defence against AFACT in the Federal Court over copyright issues.

“We need regulatory settings correct,” Hancock said. “Privacy and concerns about security of personal information remain the key impediment to e-commerce and filtering by its very nature will remain a controversial policy in the industry.

But despite its hesitance around issues of filtering, Hancock said the body was preparing for a telco environment with the mandatory ISP filter in mind.

“We’ve undertaken on filtering to consult with the industry in the lead up to post-legislation to identify potential issues that can be brought to the Government. We understand the legislation is slated for the autumn session,” he said.

The chairman added the fight to join the board had been especially tough this year with a large number of members putting their hands up for positions.

“I must say I’ve been involved with the IIA for five years now and I’ve never seen so much frenzy about getting onto the board. There was a lot of interest and maybe some passionate interest in our role as a force for positive change, or maybe it was just because it’s an election year,” he said.

Hancock will be replaced by industry veteran, Bruce Linn.


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