Wednesday, 10 October 2018 07:53

Govt puts another 232 encryption bill submissions online

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A day after Internet Australia called on the Department of Home Affairs to publish more of the submissions to the Federal Government's encryption bill, an additional 232 submissions have been placed on the department's website, bringing the total to 343 at the time of writing (7.50am AEST Wednesday).

These include two of the submissions referred to specifically by IA chairman Dr Paul Brooks in a letter — from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Internet Architecture Board — but not the submission from Stanford University which Dr Brooks had referred to as well.

In his letter, Dr Brooks said: "Submissions from notable international institutions such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University and the Internet Architecture Board, as well as our own submission amongst many others, have still not yet been published by your Department.

"This delay in publishing all submissions robs the public, industry and other arms of government of the opportunity to learn from the analysis of experts and the concerns of the public, and is contrary to a transparent consultation process normally expected of government."

Ten submissions were put online on 14 September and another 101 were released when iTWire checked on Tuesday.

The period for public comment on the bill, which is officially known as the Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment (Assistance and Access) Bill 2018, ended on 10 September after the draft was released on 14 August.

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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