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Online Safety Laws Strengthen Defenses Against Online Harm | Canberra time

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We should be proud that Australia is once again leading the way when it comes to the ongoing battle to keep the online world a safer place. The Online Safety Act came into effect at the end of last month. This strong legislation empowers my office to better protect Australians online and heralds a new era in supporting our citizens in the fight against online harm. Part of this new law includes the establishment of a world’s first adult cyber abuse program which gives us the formal power to require online service providers to remove serious cyber abuse online, as well as the possibility of imposing fines on individuals and companies that do not comply. The Adult Cyber ​​Abuse Program is designed to protect those who are subjected to the worst types of online abuse – abuse that is intended to cause serious harm and is threatening, harassing or offensive. The law also includes an expansion of our cyberbullying program, to better protect children on gaming platforms and private messaging services – the places where children spend much of their time online. And our online content system, which deals with illegal content such as the online proliferation of child sexual exploitation material, will be significantly strengthened, giving us extraterritorial powers to tackle such content, wherever it is hosted in the world. So, we now have even stronger regulatory powers to help protect our citizens in the online space, but that’s just one weapon in our arsenal. eSafety also takes what we call a “systems-based approach” to fighting harm online. The online world is a complex and ever-changing ecosystem, crossing borders and boundaries. It never stops for long and there are always new technologies and new challenges that we have to be ready for. eSafety has, with this philosophy in mind, developed a series of position papers on everything from anonymity and identity protection to sexual extortion, doxing and the potential dangers of a world AR and VR. Decentralization, too, is becoming a hot topic. We must now take a critical look at Internet governance models for this future of Web 3.0. We also need to focus on preventing harm online in the first place – in all areas – and around the world. Other governments are watching our approach in Australia with interest, and many are beginning to take their own approaches to tackling online harm, including the UK, Canada, Ireland, EU and US. And as more governments scrutinize the actions of Big Tech, there must be a consistent and fundamental way to design, develop and deploy technologies with the safety of their users at heart. This has been at the heart of eSafety’s ‘Safety by Design’ work program – encouraging online services and platforms to incorporate safety principles from the design phase of any online service. Simply put, it encourages them to put safety first, before the damage actually happens. That’s why, while we focus locally on making Australians safe online, we will simultaneously look internationally to make the online world a safer place and champion ‘security by design’ as the way forward. to be continued. We will look beyond the technological horizon and our own borders to become true agents of change, demonstrating to the world that Australia is leading the charge in making the online world a more civil place. As we continue to engage on the global stage, bilaterally and through multilateral groups such as the G20, the OECD and the World Economic Forum – organizations with a keen interest in online safety and workplace we do – we have the opportunity to lead by example.