Conference paper

Regulating content in a digital world: How Australia is tackling the internet

20 Nov 2008

Over the past 2 years, Australian politicians and shock jocks have been regularly outraged by the availability of online or interactive content that has been deemed harmful or inappropriate for Australian youth. The live streaming of late night antics on the Big Brother website, the publication of the Henson photos on an art gallery website, the availability of hidden 'adult' content in a Grand Theft Auto video game and the uploading of pornographic user-generated content onto social networking sites, are just some of the incidents that have occupied the headlines over the past few years. In almost every case, the ensuing controversy has resulted in ad hoc amendments to Australia's broadcasting and classification regime. As a result, the Australian online 'content' industry is now the most highly regulated in the world.

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