The University of Sydney IT Alumni Association (USITAA)

Discussion Forum - Australian Internet Filtering Scheme

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We hope you can join us for our next Alumni Discussion Forum.

Our expert panel will discuss what the proposed internet filtering scheme will mean for Australia, potential difficulties and possible alternatives.

Google Australia’s Head of Policy Iarla Flynn will participate in the forum. “If the proposed regime goes ahead, Australia will be alone amongst western democracies with a filter that is both mandatory and broadly scoped. We welcome the opportunity from the University of Sydney IT Alumni Association to debate this important issue.” he says.



Australian Internet Filtering Scheme


Wednesday 28 April 2010


6:30pm for 7:00pm.
Light refreshments will be served from 6:30pm, the Forum will begin at 7:00pm


The University of Sydney, School of IT Building, Boardroom (Room 124), Level 1


Louise Collins, Project manager and main author of the report to Government on the Feasibility of ISP Level Content Filtering

Iarla Flynn, Head of Policy, Google Australia

Bjorn Landfeldt, Associate Professor, School of IT, University of Sydney

Jonathan Nicholas, Acting CEO, Inspire Foundation

David Vaile, Executive Director of Cyberspace Law and Policy Centre, UNSW


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Louise Collins

Louise has worked in the telecommunications industry, both in Australia and abroad, for many years delivering large scale complex infrastructure, and business capabilities. This has included mobile number portability, international personal tollfree and the world's first wireless broadband network. More recently she was the project manager and main author of the report to Government on the Feasibility of ISP Level Content Filtering. The report was publicly released by the Government in December 2008. Louise has practical hands on experience of the issues and risks telecommunications organisations must deal with, and consider, when Government mandated programs of work are to be implemented.

Bjorn Landfeldt

Associate Professor Bjorn Landfeldt was born and raised in Stockholm, Sweden where he started his studies in Electrical Engineering at the Royal Institute of Technology.

He later completed a PhD in Telecommunications at University of New South Wales in 2000 after which he returned to Sweden and took up a position as Senior Researcher at Ericsson Research. During this time he worked on multimedia server functions for the 3G multimedia sub system as well as the integration of IP into the telephony systems, work which resulted in over 10 patents as well as publications. Prof. Landfeldt then returned to Australia where he took up a position as CISCO Senior Lecturer in Networking in the schools of Electrical and Information Engineering and Basser Department of Computer Science in late 2001. He moved to a position in School of IT alone in 2004 and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2008.

Professor Landfeldt currently serves as associate editor of two international journals, has acted as technical program committee chair of many international conferences and further served on over 30 technical program committees. He is a senior member of the IEEE and a member of the Computer society (COMSOC). He has published in excess of 90 research publications in international journals, conferences and books.

In 2008, Professor Landfeldt was part of a team who were commissioned by the Australian Government to investigate the feasibility of implementing content filtering at the ISP level for a national filter. Since then, he has been a central technical voice in the ISP filtering debate in Australia.

Professor Landfeld┬╣s research interests include communication networks, wireless networks, performance modeling and queuing theory.

Jonathan Nicholas

Jonathan is Acting CEO at the Inspire Foundation. He has been with Inspire since 1997. He was part of the original team that launched the Foundation's first program, Reach Out and previously worked as Inspire's Director of Programs. He has a background in child psychology and human rights, having completed an Honours degree in psychology. He is currently completing a Masters in Public Health. While working with Inspire, Jonathan has provided training to Indonesia on the Convention on the Rights of the Child, and co-authored a report for UNICEF on the situation of children and women living in Cambodia. Prior to assuming his current role at Inspire he was Founding CEO of the Inspire Ireland Foundation.

David Vaile

David Vaile has been executive director of the Cyberspace Law and Policy Centre UNSW since 2002. He coordinates Centre support for current and future ARC research projects such as Young people and filtering, Unlocking IP, Interpreting Privacy Principles and Regulating Online Investing, including input into public policy processes; presents at conferences and fora; runs intern programs; and teaches Cyberspace Law, Law in the Information Age, and Advanced Legal Research. His background in law, IT and communications includes medical record software (JAM Software), legal research (Legal Aid NSW), data protection (Privacy Commissioner's Office and NSW Privacy Committee), pro bono, public interest and test case litigation (Public Interest Advocacy Centre and others), co-founding a pre-Internet-but-still-running virtual community for advocates ('First Class Law' with the Law Foundation of NSW and NACLC), online professional education, and organisational governance of IT risks. His research interests include content regulation, e-security and IT risk management, personal safety online, privacy and data protection, jurisdictional issues, copyright and digital IP, e-health records, online communities and user-centred design. He is also a past member of the Information Security World Advisory Board, former chair of a statewide community legal service, and currently board member of the Australian Privacy Foundation.