Govt names members for new e-council

The federal government last week named the 13 members of a new peak body formed to boost business and consumer confidence in e-commerce.

Members of the National Electronic Authentication Council (NEAC), which will examine e-commerce authentication issues, held its inaugural meeting last week.

NEAC will advise government on policy issues and promote the uptake of e-commerce by business and consumers. It is also a national focal point to establish a framework for electronic authentication by establishing technical standards and interoperability between different systems.

At its inaugural meeting, NEAC examined a proposal to link digital identity certificates with the Australian Business Number (ABN) and a national assurance framework for electronic authentication products and services.

The council is also looking at ways to integrate current systems used by business for procurement, financial management and payments with authentication technologies.

NEAC members represent industry providers and users of authentication products and services, consumer organisations, the small business and retail sectors, banking and finance, professional services, academia, the legal sector and relevant government agencies.

Council chair is National Office for the Information Economy (NOIE) deputy CEO Fay Holthuyzen and members include Certification Forum of Australia chairman Stephen Wilson, Australian Bankers Association director Stephen Carroll and Wollongong University computer science professor Jennifer Seberry.

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