IIA calls on ICT industry to help raise filter issues

Industry body will run an online questionnaire in January to formulate ideas to present to Government

The Internet Industry Association (IIA) is calling on the ICT industry to submit information on any issues related to the Federal Government's controversial ISP-level Internet content filtering plan.

Earlier this week the Federal Government announced it will introduce legislative amendments to the Broadcasting Services Act to require all ISPs to block Refused Classification (RC)-rated material hosted on overseas servers.

In response to the move the IIA will run an online questionnaire in January and is seeking industry input on issues and concerns that individuals and organisations have around the filter.

In a statement, IIA chief executive Peter Coroneos said all submissions are voluntary and will remain confidential and those that participate will receive the outline report of the issues by the end of February 2010 for "further feedback, endorsement or refinement".

"We hope that by being able to identify concerns of industry players of all sizes, we can present the Government with the full spectrum of issues requiring resolution prior to a Bill being drafted, and thereby assist the consultation process," Coroneos said.

The representative body said it had already received some inquiries including questions over whether the proposed penalties for non-compliance (which the IIA said could be up to $27 500 per day) would increase insurance premiums and if a social media site would have its entire website blocked if a user uploaded content that had received the Restricted Classification (RC) rating by the ACMA.

Those interested in contributing should email the IIA at: emelia@iia.net.au

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