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ALIA-APLA submission in response to the Australian Government Online Safety Legislative Reform Discussion Paper, February 2020

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) welcomes the opportunity to comment on the Australian Government’s Online Safety Legislative Reform Discussion Paper and applauds the move to bring together existing measures in a single framework and supports the expansion of the role of the Office of the eSafety Commissioner. However, there are specific areas of concern regarding the legislation in relation to library accountability, digital content, reporting requirements, and the relationship with other legislative reform.

Submission in response to the Department of Communications and the Arts reviews of the Enhancing Online Safety Act 2015 and the Online Content Scheme discussion paper, June 2018

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) submission in response to enhancing online safety for children and older Australians. The submission recommends further integration of community focused programs into the Office of the eSafety Commissioner's portfolio.

Submission to the Joint Select Committee on Cyber-Safety

This submission examines cyber-safety and seniors focusing on the advantages and the barriers to being online and the role that public libraries already play in training for digital literacy and support for senior Australians in the online world. It describes examples of the current delivery of services such as Senior’s Internet Training and offers some suggestions to increase the level of digital literacy training for seniors, for consideration for the future. 

eSmart libraries

ALIA National 2014 Conference, 15-19 September 2014 Melbourne : together we are stronger
This conference presentation exploring the implementation of the eSmart Libraries program is integral to the conference theme of ‘Public Libraries Supporting Communities’, as it will not only showcase innovations in community engagement and education, but it will provide participants with an explanation of how the framework itself is practical, well supported and evidence-based.

Core principles for effective action for a safer Internet

In December 2009, Minister Stephen Conroy announced the details of the government's proposals for mandatory filtering by ISPs of online content in the Refused Classification (RC) category. ALIA welcomeS the Minister's invitation for consultations on the proposed policy. There is some concern that the scope of content to be filtered is too wide. Filtering all RC material could block content with a strong social or educational value.

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