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IIA releases third draft code

The Internet Industry Association (IIA) released its third draft Code of Practice which it hopes will provide the basis of self-regulation for the Internet industry in Australia.

The code is the IIA's response to its obligations under the Telecommunications Act of 1997 for registration with the Australian Broadcasting Authority.

IIA executive director Peter Coroneos says self-regulation is capable of delivering the best solution on the challenges the Internet presents.

"This document should be seen as a bona fide attempt by the Internet industry to implement workable but broad-ranging controls on those who choose to bind themselves to it," Coroneos said.

The code addresses the contentious issue of the industry's role in content regulation. It contains devices for handling complaints between code subscribers and their customers and also contains privacy provisions to protect the confidentiality of Internet users' personal details.

The code applies to ISPs, content providers, vendors engaged in e-commerce, Web developers and programmers.

"Documents of this nature must be seen to accommodate, as far as possible, community and political priorities as well as industry needs," Coroneos said.

"The light touch regulatory regime we are hoping will eventuate at the end of this process will ideally provide a statutory immunity from civil or criminal action for those who subscribe to the code."

Acronym Finder


Acronyms are a fact of life in the IT world. Pretending you know what one means is a sure- fire way to make yourself look silly.

This gem of a site has more than 46,000 acronyms in a searchable database. All you have to do is enter the acronym and the site takes care of the rest. The site is put up by Mountain Data Systems and most of the acronyms are about computers, technology, telecommunications and the military. If you come across an acronym that isn't listed, you can e-mail it to the database administrator and they'll add it to the list. The site is free to use via the Internet, but a fee applies if the DOS program is downloaded. A good site to bookmark.

Black Box Catalog Australia

Melbourne-based Black Box Catalog is an offshoot from an American parent company, hence the spelling. The company sells directly to end users, government clients and some resellers. Products are shipped to Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and the Pacific. Black Box has more than 6000 products on offer in its catalogue. The products are mainly in the computer connectivity arena.

More than 35,000 catalogues are distributed to Australia and New Zealand. The site has nine main sections with information about the company, its products and what customers should know before they order. There's also a section with technical information and links to other industry Web sites. Ordering is not accepted on the site, but a full page of contacts is included.

Incidentally, the black box used in planes is not listed in the catalogue.

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