This era of big tech exceptionalism has got to end: Australian eSafety Commissioner

Written by , APAC Editor Chris Duckett APAC Editor

Chris started his journalistic adventure in 2006 as the Editor of Builder AU after originally joining CBS as a programmer. After a Canadian sojourn, he returned in 2011 as the Editor of TechRepublic Australia, and is now the Australian Editor of ZDNet.

Full Bio Image: Getty Images

Much like how car manufacturers had to be forced to implement safety features such as seat belts, Australian eSafety Commissioner Julie Inman Grant believes social platforms and tech giants need to be guided by international standards.

“What we’re saying is this era of technological exceptionalism has got to end,” Inman Grant said on a panel at the World Economic Forum on Monday.

“We’ve got food safety standards, we’ve got consumer protection laws, we need the companies assessing their risks and then building the potential protections in as a forethought, rather than an afterthought … embedding those digital seatbelts and erecting those digital guardrails.”

As the world hurtles towards a future that could include augmented reality, metaverses, and other different realities, Inman Grant said such

Read More: