There are fears that a new cyber safety plan by the new Australian federal government will be used to censored conservatives. It has launched a programme urging online platforms to make better use of artificial intelligence to take down content and ban users in a bid to stamp out online bullying.
Details of the program were released by the government over the weekend with the $17m Keeping our Children Safe Online package including an Online Safety Charter specifying the government’s expectations for industry in relation to protecting children online.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the government’s top priority was keeping Australians safe.
“We must all work together to ensure the safety of our youngest Australians online, including parents, social media companies and the community,” the Prime Minister said.
“Nothing can be more important than protecting our children and in many cases this means defending them from dangers in the online environment.”
The Keeping our Children Safe Online package includes an education campaign for all parents and new educational resources for parents and carers of children under 5 years old.
Protecting children from bullying is a positive thing, but unfortunately there is always a risk that artificial intelligence software can make mistakes, and innocent content could end up being blocked. It is important that parents talk to their children about online safety.
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