The Australian Interior Ministry aims to better oversee the algorithms and encryption technologies of social media platforms to support efforts to combat cyber abuse.
In a parliamentary survey on Internet security on February 1, Brendan Dowling, Head of Interior’s Digital and Technology Policy, said social media platforms did not consider security when developing their products. He said he was more and more concerned.
“We are deeply concerned that innovations in digital tools, including anonymization technologies such as end-to-end encryption, do not strike the right balance between profit and risk of harm,” he said on social media and online houseselect. I told the committee. February 1st safety.
According to Dowling, online security for digital tools was a challenging policy area, and the department was not against encryption.
But social media platforms are increasingly launching technology, prioritizing user safety and not considering how to work with law enforcement agencies in the event of a problem, he said.
The investigation is part of the Australian Government’s push for a new law that will force social media platforms to remove abusive posts and, in some circumstances, disclose the identities of anonymous contributors.
Ciara Spencer, Head of Law Enforcement Policy, increases transparency in the operation of social media platforms and educates the public about the steps technology companies are taking to prevent, detect and eradicate offending content from the platform. Said you need to.
In its submission to the Commission, the agency mentioned the case of Franceshausen, a former Facebook employee. Last year, Haugen told the US Senate in a hearing that digital platforms deliberately push harmful and disruptive content through algorithms, prioritizing corporate growth over public security.
“This department has serious concerns about the widespread consequences of compelling designs and algorithms for both individual users and social cohesion,” the submission states.
The Home Office continues to work on regulatory development, noting how other jurisdictions are addressing this issue.
This process involves increasing transparency and oversight of how technology companies adopt algorithms and forcing them to release internal data.
In January, an employee working at Facebook’s parent company Meta told the committee that safety is a core value for technology companies.
Mia Garlick, Facebook’s head of public policy for Australia and New Zealand, said reports that Facebook prioritizes interests over user safety are clearly not true.
The Commission will also hear evidence from the Australian Football League and submit a final report to Parliament by mid-February.