ISOC-AU - The Internet Society of Australia
Maximising Benefits of the Internet
The Internet is for Everyone!
This document is available at http://www.isoc-au.org.au/Points/
ISOC-AU aims to foster high-quality development of the Internet to
deliver its benefits to all Australians. Drawing on the
support of our organisational
and individual members we have developed the following key steps
for maximising the potential of the Internet.
At the time of the 2001 Election we requested comments on these points
from all of the political parties, and from each link below you may also
see the responses of those who replied.
assist Australian households and businesses to get online through a
First Time Online incentive and support program.
Better speed online:
provide fast, reliable and affordable data networks through support for
fair and effective competition and through improved lines and
connections and establishing a definition of quality settings for
Support access for
all: provide inclusive policies and technology programs
offering Internet access for all Australians.
foster online collaboration, research and development with financial
incentives for academic and business innovation, particularly through
development of the Internet as a key supporting element for national
- Australian knowledge
base: provide freely-available educational, social,
government and commercial information resources through the Internet.
- Open Source:
support cost-effective and Open Source software as the driver of
Internet growth and innovation.
communications: direct a proportion of government public
information budgets towards online communication, training and industry
- Australian cultural
heritage: support digitisation and online public access to
national archives and collections.
provide online content with the same protections and penalties as
offline content; do not subject it to confusing different legislation.
- Privacy: ensure that
individual and corporate privacy is protected online, to promote
confidence in Internet transactions, whether social or economic,
national or international.
- User voice: provide
support for both individual users and user organisations to help drive
the development of Internet self-regulation and increase awareness and
use of Internet technology.
- Standards: further
Australia's role in the Internet with improvments to local domain-name
services, and support global Internet development with non-political,
international standards bodies like the IETF - Internet Engineering
- Bridge the global digital
divide: support international initiatives to provide
universal access to the Internet.
ISOC-AU has developed the above points by drawing on the knowledge
and experience of our members in development and operation of the
Internet. In addition, we have worked in cooperation with our
organisational members who have also drawn on the expertise of their
members. Together this represents a consultation with thousands of
Australian Internet users.
As we worked on this policy development process, we have been
drawing together a range of supporting material, practical
implementation steps and analysis that support the above key points.
This supporting material can be accessed through the links from each
key point above. The process of drawing this material together is not
complete and we would like to see it continue. We encourage all
Australians and organisations to contribute to the process of
developing these policy positions by providing further information,
ideas and links.
(c) Internet Society of Australia 2001
This material has been produced by the Internet Society of Australia
and its members. The material may be used by any other organisation
for genuine policy development and development of the Internet provided
that the source is fully acknowledged and a copy of the quoting
material is forwarded to the Internet Society of Australia free of
charge. Acknowledgement as part of in-confidence policy development
will be accepted in certain circumstances provided there is full
acknowledgement and notification to ISOC-AU would be appreciated.