IQ2: Governments Should not Censor the Internet14 May 2010 11:00

The world wide web has evolved into a sprawling, massive and untamed collection of billions of ideas, images, opinions and videos. Many people regard the fact it's largely anarchic and without state boundaries as one of the internet's great strengths. But many see this lack of regulation as a dangerous flaw, leaving our children exposed to pornography and our society to violence.

Debaters at IQ2 last week took the topic "Governments Should Not Censor the Internet". For the affirmative, Head of Public Policy for Google Asia, Ross La Jeunesse, and journalists David Marr and Antony Loewenstein. Arguing against the proposition were Beijing-based columnist Kaiser Kuo, Internet Safety Institute founder Alatair MacGibbon and media law professor Elizabeth Handsley.

Ross LaJeunesse, is Head of Public Policy and Government Affairs for Google Inc. in Asia. Prior to this, LaJeunesse served as Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Kaiser Kuo is a Beijing-based columnist, and commentator on technology and politics, as well as serving as consultant for international business, and media relations for, China's leading Internet video site, He is a musician and was co-founder of China's most successful heavy metal band, Tang Dynasty.

David Marr is a journalist at the Sydney Morning Herald. He is the author of books including "The Henson Case" and "Dark Victory". He presented the ABC's Media Watch programme from 2002 - 2004.

Alastair MacGibbon, is the founder of the Internet Safety Institute and Managing Partner of internet consultancy the Surete Group. He was also a Federal Agent with the Australian Federal Police for fifteen years.

Antony Loewenstein is a Sydney-based independent freelance journalist, author and blogger. He is author of "The Blogging Revolution", and "My Israel Question".

Elizabeth Handsley is Professor of Law at Flinders University and Vice-President of the Australian Council on Children and the Media. She is a Co-Convenor of the Harvard-Australia Symposium on Media Use and Children's Well Being.

Dr Simon Longstaff has been Executive Director of St James Ethics Centre since shortly after it was founded. Longstaff spent five years studying and working as a member of Magdalene College, Cambridge. He was inaugural President of The Australian Association for Professional & Applied Ethics, is a Director of a number of companies, and a Fellow of the World Economic Forum and a member of the International Advisory Committee of the Foreign Policy Association.