In brief: ISOC-AU appoints CEO

Former Seven executive Laurie Patton is the Internet Society of Australia's first CEO

The Internet Society of Australia has appointed its first-ever chief executive officer. ISOC-AU announced today that Laurie Patton had joined the organisation as CEO.

Patton has previously held roles at Telstra and the Seven Television Network.

The appointment of a CEO follows an internal ISOC-AU review, Patton's appointment notice stated.

"The review highlighted a number of ‘hot button’ issues confronting industry, government and individual users. These include increasing concerns about privacy and security, copyright, 'Net neutrality, online safety, the storage and use of metadata and the urgency to deploy IPv6 across Australian corporate and commercial networks," the ISOC-AU statement said.

"The review noted that for Australia to fully benefit from new Internet based opportunities the country needs a fast, effective broadband network."

Last month ISOC-AU appointed a new executive: George Fong as president; Paul Brooks as vice-president; Craig Ng as honorary treasurer; and Roger Clarke as honorary secretary.

Fong replaced long-term ISOC-AU president Narelle Clark.

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