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Internet accessibility and disability policy: lessons for digital inclusion and equality from Australia


Gerard Goggin, University of Sydney
Scott Hollier, Media Access Australia
Wayne Hawkins, Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN)
PUBLISHED ON: 14 Mar 2017 DOI: 10.14763/2017.1.452

Internet accessibility for people with disabilities is long overdue. We draw on pioneering Australian efforts, compared with recent US and European initiatives, to argue for better disability internet policy now.

The passage of Australia’s data retention regime: national security, human rights, and media scrutiny


Nicolas Suzor, Queensland University of Technology
Kylie Pappalardo, Queensland University of Technology
Natalie McIntosh, Queensland University of Technology
PUBLISHED ON: 14 Mar 2017 DOI: 10.14763/2017.1.454

Part I: The Data Retention Act In April 2015, the Australian government passed the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Amendment (Data Retention) Act , which requires Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and telecommunications providers to store information about their subscribers’ online activity for a period of two years. The data