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13 February 2024

February 13, 2024

Some major announcements in Australia regarding victim-survivor protections and the Online Safety Act 2021. We’ve also included a US research paper on AI-generated CSAM in today’s roundup:

  1. Last week, the Albanese government announced legislation to strengthen witness protections for victim-survivors of sexual abuse: https://ministers.ag.gov.au/media-centre/strengthening-witness-protections-victims-and-survivors-sexual-abuse-07-02-2024
  2. The federal government will review Australia’s Online Safety Act 2021. Public consultation will commence in the first half of 2024 with the final report provided in the second half of 2024. For further details and the Terms of Reference see: https://www.infrastructure.gov.au/sites/default/files/documents/tor-statutory-review-online-safety-act-2021-8Feb.pdf
  3. While this Stanford Internet Observatory research paper pertains to the US and its legal environment regarding AI-generated CSAM, it provides insights into the challenges facing law enforcement and the criminal justice system there: https://www.lawfaremedia.org/article/addressing-computer-generated-child-sex-abuse-imagery-legal-framework-and-policy-implications

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