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New Report: ACMA report on Internet filtering and online safety

27 February, 2008
By Allison Orr

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has this week made their first annual report to the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, called Developments in internet filtering technologies and other measures for promoting online safety.  This report investigates developments in Internet filtering technologies and other safety measures and is the first of three annual reports.

The report points out that the risks are changing.  As Internet users increasingly engage with interactive technologies, the risks have changed from those associated with static content to those associated with interacting with other users.  Because of this, the report finds that a holistic approach is required, rather than single measures which address some risks only.  In particular, a cluster of measures is most effective, for example filtering and content rating combined with educational programs.  The report finds that education is an effective tool to empower users to manage the risks they encounter.

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