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New ACMA Report: Online risk and safety in the digital economy

13 March, 2010
By Allison Orr

This report, Online risk and safety in the digital economy, is the third and final annual report to the Minister for Broadband Communications and the Digital Economy on measures for promoting safety in the online environment.  These reports are designed to investigate developments in Internet filtering technologies and other safety initiatives to protect Internet users.

The measures in this report hasve been developed to address key trends that have resulted from greater participation in the online environment:

Each of these trends produces new risks, and each presents different challenges for adults and children.  For mobile access, the risk for adults is security, for example for online payments, whereas for children the risk arises from using mobile internet access without parental supervision.  For social media, where so much personal information is often disclosed, adults risk identity theft, whereas children risk sexual solicitation and cyberbullying.

The report finds that, at present, there remain significant gaps in research about many online risks, particularly in these two emerging areas.

The report can be downloaded from the ACMA site.  The two previous reports are also available on this page.

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