Paul Fletcher MP to open 2015 auIGF
Paul Fletcher MP, Parliamentary Secretary to the Australian Minister for Communications, will speak at the opening of the 2015 auIGF (Australian Internet Governance Forum) on 6 October, in Melbourne.
Mr Fletcher, the Federal Member for Bradfield, has a long history in Australia’s communications and technology sector. Before entering Parliament, Paul was Director, Corporate and Regulatory Affairs, at Optus for eight years and was previously Chief of Staff to the Minister for Communications in the Howard Government, Senator Richard Alston.
In accepting the invitation to speak at the auIGF, Mr Fletcher acknowledged the role the event plays in engaging Australia’s online community: “Twenty five years ago the internet was used by only a small number of research scientists. Today it is a mass market phenomenon, with over 3 billion internet users around the globe. This transformation has profound social and economic implications – and this important conference is a timely opportunity to examine those implications.”
Hosted by auDA (.au Domain Administration Ltd), the auIGF will be held at the Park Hyatt, Melbourne on 6 and 7 October 2015. It provides a forum for all Internet users - individuals, community groups, industry leaders, government representatives, academics, students, media - to discuss and debate Internet-related issues.
CEO of auDA, Chris Disspain, welcomed Mr Fletcher’s attendance: "The auIGF has always been about bringing government and the community closer together on a broad range of Internet-related issues. The support of the Australian Government, through Mr Fletcher’s participation, is an endorsement of the model for discussion and policy making that our event has actively promoted for the last four years.”
Registrations for the 2015 auIGF are now open http://www.igf.org.au/registration/
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