This year’s Annual General Meeting is yet to be announced as we navigate through the rapidly changing Covid-19 situation. Traditionally our AGMs have been held in line with the AusNOG conference however, due to its postponement, our AGM will be held separately this year.

As you may be aware, we are in the process of transitioning to a company limited by guarantee which will also see changes to future AGMs. Please be assured that any changes will be communicated via email in due course.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us at secretary@internet.asn.au

Each year Women in Technology WA (WiTWA) hosts the Tech [+] Awards as a way to shine a light on the diversity of women who work in tech roles and organisations in Western Australia. This event showcases the incredible talent of women in various technology industries.

There are currently four categories for people who identify as women in tech [+] in Western Australia:

  • Tech [+] 20 – the 20 nominees who get the highest scores from the judging panel
  • First Among Equals – highest score of all from judging panel
  • Outstanding Youth Role Model – highest who is 25 or younger – does not have to be top 20
  • Outstanding Regional Role Model – highest who is regional – does not have to be top 20
  • People’s Choice – highest number of votes by the people/community

The lack of gender balance is not just a problem for women, so in 2020, WiTWA added a new award to shine a light on their allies. The Outstanding Allyship Award – open to anyone who does not identify as a woman.

If you would like further information on the WiTWA Tech [+] Awards or would like to nominate someone, please visit the WiTWA website.

Nominations close Sunday, August 8 2021, at 11:55pm AWST.

The WiTWA Tech [+] Awards Gala Night:

Date: Friday, 5 November 2021
Time: 7:00pm AWST

Please register your interest here.

Are you concerned with the existing threats to our Internet? How about the growth challenges, structural problems, and competing interests arising from commercial, social, and regulatory forces?

Join us as our very own Narelle Clark discusses both current and future challenges of the modern Internet and reviews practical solutions, suitable for both citizens and network builders and operators.

This event is set to be engaging, informative, and a must-attend for those with vested interests in the internet.

Date: Tuesday, 17 August 2021
Time: 4:00pm AWST / 6:00pm AEST
Location: Online

If you would like to attend, please register here.

For more information on this event, please see the Australian Computer Society website or contact us at events@internet.asn.au

We look forward to seeing you there!

The Internet Association of Australia is pleased to announce that it will transition to a company limited by guarantee.

Members of the Association voted to support the transition at the Special General Meeting held Wednesday 28 July 2021.

This means we will be governed by the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) and become a company limited by guarantee. The transition reflects the national growth the Association has undergone over recent years and now represents members across Australia.

A special thank you to all the members that contributed to this process, providing input through our various member consultations and workshops, taking the time to vote and attend the meeting.

Another successful online event done and dusted in 2021! Our global panel of experts shared their thoughts and insights on internet regulation and its ability to protect users against cyber-attacks, unlawful access to data, and online content. The discussion also included current legislation pitfalls, the intersection with human rights, helpful insights about what this could all mean for our members, and a simple summation that, “we are trying to regulate nationally, into a global communications network.”

If you weren’t able to make it, we have you covered! All events are livestreamed and can be found on our website, Facebook page and YouTube channels.

We would like to extend our gratitude to our panellists, Patrick Fair, Lucie Krahulcova, Jordan Carter, and Konstantinos Komaitis for taking the time to join us, sharing their valuable expertise and insights – making the event highly valuable and engaging.

We would also like to thank those who attended and provided feedback. Your feedback is valuable to us to ensure we continue to provide events that add value to you and your business.

Congratulations to our lucky door prize winner, Andrew Cox. We hope you enjoy your new IAA mouse mat and masks!

 

 

The Internet Association of Australia Inc (IAA) would like to thank all members who have participated in our consultation on whether to transition to a company limited by guarantee. The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive.

The IAA Board remains in favour of the transition and it has resolved to convene the Special General Meeting referred to below.

The Board of the Internet Association of Australia Inc hereby gives notice of a Special General Meeting to give members the opportunity to vote on the two (2) special resolutions set out below in connection with the proposal to transition IAA’s registration (association number A1004987S) from an incorporated Association under the Associations Incorporation Act 2015 (WA) to a company limited by guarantee under Part 5B.1 of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth).

Special General Meeting
Date:
Wednesday 28 July 2021
Time: 3:00pm AWST / 5:00pm AEST
Location: Arnotts Technology Lawyers of Level 2, 151 Macquarie Street, Sydney NSW 2000. Members may attend in person or via Zoom (Video Conference)
Link for Zoom registration: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/IAASGM

The following resolutions will be proposed as special resolutions at the Special General Meeting:

1. Lodgement of application for registration. Members are asked to consider and, if thought fit, pass the following resolution as a special resolution:

That in view of the dispersed and Australia-wide nature of the operations of the Internet Association of Australia Inc (registration number A1004987S), an application be made in accordance with section 93 of the Associations Incorporation Act 2015 (WA) and regulation 14 of the Associations Incorporation Regulations 2016 (WA) for it to apply for registration as a prescribed body corporate under Part 5B.1 of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) and an application be made under Part 5B.1 of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) for  the Internet Association of Australia Inc to apply for registration as a company limited by guarantee with the proposed name of “Internet Association of Australia Ltd”.

2. Approve a constitution for the company. Members are asked to consider and, if thought fit, pass the following resolution as a special resolution:

That the constitution, tabled at the special general meeting of the Internet Association of Australia Inc held on 28 July 2021 and initialled by the chair of the special general meeting for the purpose of identification (a copy of which was attached to the notice of the special general meeting), be approved for adoption as the constitution of the company “Internet Association of Australia Ltd”, with the adoption of the constitution to take effect subject to and from when the Australian Securities and Investments Commission registers the company under Part 5B.1 of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth), at which point the constitution shall completely replace the existing rules of the Internet Association of Australia Inc and which shall cease to apply from that date.

Hyperlink to proposed Constitution:  https://www.internet.asn.au/IAA-Ltd-proposed-Constitution-2021.pdf

Members may vote on the above special resolutions in one of the following ways:

A copy of Rule 50 is available at the following hyperlink: https://www.internet.asn.au/IAA-Rules.pdf

Please review your voting contact information in the portal to ensure this information is up to date.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please email secretary@internet.asn.au.

The 5th Annual DigitalGov and Cloud Conference taking place on 20-22 July 2021 in Sydney co-locates two of Akolade’s best-attended conferences that map the narrative around digital service delivery and further integration with cloud platforms. This three-day physical conference showcases practical case studies featuring frontline government agencies that are leading the charge on citizen engagement and innovation. Hear from 30+ public sector digital, cloud, big data, security, and service delivery leaders share their insights to help you unlock the power of digital and cloud platforms for government service delivery.

Our very own Narelle Clark will be presenting at the event and covering the topic of making your digital journey a success. You can be guaranteed that peering will be mentioned.

All IAA members are eligible for a 20% discount off standard conference entry rates. If you would like to take advantage of this offer, please contact our admin team on admin@internet.asn.au to obtain your discount code.

Join us for our latest online event where we will be exploring the topic of internet regulation and delving into various industry regulations and their effectiveness to protect us against things such as cyber-attacks, unlawful access to data, and online content.

With a panel of experts from Australia, New Zealand, and Europe, who all have experience in the seeming avalanche of internet regulation, we will be asking their thoughts on the key issues for internet regulation today and what the future might look like for the internet industry.

We will be discussing government’s attitudes to encryption, online safety bills and the increasing approaches towards constraining platform operators, plus much more during our open social at the end of the event.

Date: Thursday 10 June, 2021
Time: 3.00pm (AWST) / 5.00pm (AEST) / 7.00pm (NZST) /
Venue: Zoom (Online)

Speakers

Jordan Carter – Chief Executive Officer, InternetNZ
Jordan is responsible for overall leadership, spokesperson for Internet issues, and executing the strategy for InternetNZ which manages the .nz domain name space. Jordan cares deeply about the difference the Internet can make for good in people’s lives, and he gets out of bed every morning because of the difference InternetNZ makes. In his spare time he likes reading, film, exploring Auckland and the odd bit of tramping.

Konstantinos Komaitis – Senior Director, Policy Development & Strategy, ISOC
Konstantinos provides analysis and strategic advice in support of the Internet Society’s policy, advocacy and mission, including the promotion of the open development, evolution, and use of the Internet for the benefit of all people throughout the world. Konstantinos has extensive experience in Internet policy and governance arrangements.

Lucie Krahulcova – Executive Director, Digital Rights Watch
Lucie is a professional activist and digital rights advocate, specialising in surveillance, law enforcement powers in the digital era, export controls, encryption, data retention and telecoms regulation. Lucie previously worked in Ottawa and Brussels, and spent five years at the digital rights NGO Access Now, bringing an international dimension to the DRW team.

Patrick Fair – Principal, Patrick Fair Associates
Patrick Fair is an experienced commercial lawyer with expertise in telecommunications regulation, intellectual property, information systems, radio communications, data governance and commercial contracting. Industry Professor Deakin University School of Computing and Chair Communications Security Reference Panel at Communications Alliance.

Members and non-members can register for the event via Zoom.

IAA is excited to be partnering with Women in Technology WA (WiTWA) and NextDC for an in-person event in Perth.

The event, which is taking place at NextDC’s P2 site on Thursday May 20 will be looking into the Internet of Things, what it is, what it can do and what it means for us and for businesses into the future.

Date: Thursday 20 May
Time: 5.30pm – 7.30pm (AWST)
Location: NextDC P2, Perth

There will be a panel discussion featuring speakers from various areas of business and academia. Prior to the panel there will be the opportunity to take a tour of NextDC’s state of the art P2 site.

Registration will open shortly and the link to register will be shared with members and on our socials. Places are limited and these events sell out quickly so if you would like to attend get in quick!

Join us on Tuesday 20th April as we take a look at digital connectivity in regional Australia. Digital Networks in Regional Australia – Field of Dreams or Highway to Hell will focus on the issues surrounding regional communities and their access to the internet.

Regional Australia is a vast area with great distances between population centres, often with low population density. Despite this low density, regional production value rivals that of metro production. NBN, however, has chosen population density as its metric for technology delivery resulting in almost all regional Australia’s internet demand being served by two Sky Muster geosynchronous satellites with fixed capacity and limited speed.

DPIRD’s Digital Economy Manager, Robert Smallwood, will review the challenges faced by West Australians and discuss the initiatives being delivered by the WA Government to provide world-class terrestrial broadband networks across the vast areas between population centres.

This session will be preceded by a short update from the IAA Tech Team on some of the recent BGP gotchas for young and old in the world of peering.

Members and non-members can register via Zoom.