Australia establishes new artificial intelligence expert group

The Australian government has taken a significant stride towards fostering responsible and innovative artificial intelligence (AI) development with the establishment of a new expert group dedicated to shaping the nation’s AI strategy. Announced by the Minister for Industry and Science, the formation of this group follows the government’s interim response to the Safe and Responsible …

Proposed Bill to strengthen defamation laws for the digital age

In response to the evolving challenges posed by the digital landscape, the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) government has introduced new defamation laws aimed at providing stronger protections in the digital world. The Civil Law (Wrongs) Amendment Bill 2024 (Bill) reflects a growing recognition of the need to update legal frameworks to address the complexities of …

LexisNexis unveils revolutionary legal generative AI solution

LexisNexis, a leader in legal technology and information solutions in Australia and abroad, has introduced Lexis+ AI, a transformative legal generative artificial intelligence (AI) poised to revolutionise the Australian legal sector. This cutting-edge AI platform represents a significant leap forward in legal technology, promising to reshape how legal professionals conduct research, analyse cases, and deliver …

Australia’s Right to Disconnect Bill

In an era where digital connectivity blurs the lines between work and personal life, the concept of the “right to disconnect” has emerged as a crucial topic in Labor rights discussions. Originating in Europe, this notion addresses the need for boundaries between work and personal time, aiming to safeguard employee well-being in the face of …

New Telecommunications Financial Hardship Standard

On 6 February 2024, the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) introduced a new industry standard, the Telecommunications (Financial Hardship) Industry Standard 2024 (the Standard). The Standard sets out new obligations and rules for telecommunications providers with respect to customers who are experiencing financial hardship (Financial Hardship Customers), replacing those currently in the industry code, …

The Australian Cyber Security Centre releases official guidance for the use of AI systems in organisations

The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC), collaborating with various international governmental partners, has released a guidance paper for organisations on the safe and secure use of artificial intelligence (AI) systems. Central to the paper is the recognition of AI’s transformative potential across various sectors. However, harnessing this potential requires a nuanced approach that prioritises responsible …

Standards Australia Embraces ISO/IEC 42001 Standard for AI Management Systems

Standards Australia welcomes the introduction of the International Organization for Standardization’s new ISO/IEC 42001 standard, focusing on Information Technology – Artificial Intelligence Management Systems. This significant development marks a pivotal moment in the global approach to regulating and managing artificial intelligence (AI) technologies. The ISO/IEC 42001 standard establishes guidelines and requirements for organisations in implementing …

Proposed cybersecurity legislative reforms to strengthen Australia’s digital defences

In response to the threat of cybersecurity attacks, the Australian government has proposed a series of legislative reforms aimed at bolstering the nation’s cyber defences and safeguarding its digital infrastructure. The proposed reforms, outlined in a consultation paper, present changes to the Security of Critical Infrastructure Act 2018 (Cth) and represent a proactive step towards …

The Australasian Institute of Judicial Administration releases updated guide on AI decision-making and the courts

The Australasian Institute of Judicial Administration has released an updated version of its guide on artificial intelligence (AI) decision-making and the courts. The report factors in new ethical and legal considerations surrounding the use of AI in decision-making by judges. The report highlights the potential benefits of AI in streamlining decision-making processes, particularly in terms …

Meta faces legal battle over alleged teen addiction to social media

Meta, the parent company of Facebook, finds itself entangled in a lawsuit filed by 41 US states alleging the platform deliberately lured teenagers into addiction. The crux of the lawsuit centres around the claim that Meta has knowingly and wilfully designed its platforms to exploit the vulnerability of teenagers, making them more susceptible to addiction. …