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EFA Calls on Government to Rethink Regulation Policy

Electronic Frontiers Australia (EFA) is urging the government to rethink its Internet censorship legislation, claiming that Australian e-commerce businesses will be at a disadvantage if the legislation goes ahead.

The claims have come about after recent announcements by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) that it will not be regulating the Internet because it "might put the industry at a competitive disadvantage in the global marketplace."

EFA executive director Darce Cassidy, said that, like the Canadian government, "the Australian government must accept global standards, before Australian businesses lose competitive advantage in the global information economy to those in more enlightened countries."

Cassidy said the legislation before parliament was not only out of step with other Western democracies, but would create an Internet censorship regime more authoritarian than those of Singapore and Malaysia.

The Canadians have recognised that the Internet is not broadcasting and have taken into account the textual nature of most Internet content and its selection and customisation by users, said Cassidy. "The Australian government, in contrast, insists on pretending the Internet is like television," he added.