Internet content board formed

AUSTRALIA’S new community advisory body on Internet content has been established.

The Federal Government created NetAlert as an independent body to educate the public about managing access to online content.

Establishing such a body was a crucial part of the government’s policy when amending the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 to take account of objectionable material online.

Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts Richard Alston said the body would be responsible for researching new access management technologies and conducting national awareness campaigns “to promote a safer Internet experience for young people.”

“Concerned community members will be able to ask NetAlert for advice about how to manage access to the Internet,” Senator Alston said.

The eleven member board is comprised of industry, legal, community and educational organisation representatives and will be chaired by Karyn Hart.

WA-based legal practitioner Lynette Qunlivan, who is currently a legal representative for the Censorship Advisory Committee of WA and the Gaming Commission of WA, is one of the board members.

The new regulatory framework aims to make material that is illegal in traditional media also illegal in the online environment.

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