Issue No 7: 22 March 2016



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Submission Regarding Childhood Access To Online Pornography

Communications Alliance has provided a submission to the Senate Standing Committees on Environment and Communications inquiry into Harm being done to Australian children through the access of pornography on the Internet.

In its submission, Communications Alliance highlights a number of issues for consideration by the inquiry. Areas of focus include:

  • The importance to view the potential harm being done to children by online pornography in context with other social issues, such as the consumption of illegal substances and alcohol, domestic and other violence, religious or racial intolerance etc., prior to the identification of measures for implementation in Australia;
  • The functioning of existing frameworks, such as the assistance (including through blocking of illegal content) provided by ISPs under Section 313 of the Telecommunications Act, the establishment of the Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner, and the Family Friendly Filter program established under industry codes;
  • The ineffectiveness of ISP-based internet filters which are likely to over-block content, are easy to circumvent even by children and difficult and costly to implement across a large number of ISPs, while simultaneously infringing on the personal rights of adults to legally access and consume content; and
  • The effective protection offered through voluntary user-based internet filters, apps and other parental control mechanism offered by the telecommunications industry and third parties.

The submission concludes that a wider, harmonised educational framework (as part of a structured overarching approach to cyber security and online safety) ought to be at the centre of the debate on how to address issues surrounding the potential harm to children through online pornography as well as many other potentially harmful types of content that are legally available on the internet.

Communications Alliance Welcomes Inbound Number Portability Code

Communications Alliance welcomes today’s registration of the newly developed Inbound Number Portability Code (C657), by the Australian Communications and Media Authority.

The portability of Freephone (18/1800) and Local Rate Numbers (13/1345/1300) is referred to as Inbound Number Portability (INP).The code is designed to describe the minimum operational procedures between Carriers/Carriage Service Providers (jointly CSPs) and other industry participants for the implementation of Inbound Number Portability.

Communications Alliance thanks the working committee for its efforts in developing the code and the ACMA staff and Authority for their assistance with the registration of the code.

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