Alastair MacGibbon appointed new child cyberbullying cop

The new Children’s e-Safety Commissioner will begin working with agencies across all tiers of government on solving online bullying of children. But the new office comes at the cost of several existing ACMA programs.

Alastair MacGibbon

Alastair MacGibbon

A 15-year Australian Federal Police veteran and online security commentator, Alastair MacGibbon, has been appointed to the newly created statutory officer role for online safety of Australian children.

MacGibbon (pictured) is currently director at the centre of Internet Safety at the University of Canberra and will assume the role on July 1. The commissioner’s office will sit within Australian Communications and Media Authority, and share some of its personnel. In addition, some 30 personnel will be permanently moved to new office.

Jennifer McNeill, ACMA’s content, consumer and citizen division general manager, told Senate Estimates last month that the appointment and new office would be offset by shutting down ACMA’s existing online safety education program. Cybersmart out reach work with schools, a task that will now fall to MacGibbon. McNeill added that ACMA’s hotline for dealing with complaints about offensive and illegal content online would also go:

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