Mr Jim Varghese AM, National Chair of the Australia India Business Council Ltd. (AIBC), has urged the Australian Government, state governments, Microsoft and Google to join forces and expose those behind anonymous emails who engage in cyber-bullying, blackmail and harassment.
Mr Varghese said the AIBC had successfully implemented major reform agendas and certain opponents to this process had resorted to vicious and racist anonymous emails attacking AIBC officials.
He said that it was deeply concerning ACORN and police sources had advised the AIBC that tracing and exposing these anonymous cyberbullies could be a slow and difficult process.
He said the situation warranted immediate action as an issue of urgent public interest.
“We now have a rogue element in Victoria which is prepared to undermine and threaten the excellent trade and investment relationship between Australia and India, out of parochial self-interest,” he stated.
As well, he raised the prospect of other business organisations and corporations being targeted and blackmailed with little or no opportunity to identify the perpetrators.
ACORN had also advised that it did not have the technological know-how available to investigate such offences. Mr Varghese believed this response was disappointing in this digital age, characterised by technology.
Mr Varghese said that he had offered law enforcement authorities access to the anonymous email material (a dossier of over 100 defamatory and harassing emails) received by the AIBC, in an effort to identify and press criminal charges against the culprits.
He added that these emails had been fully analysed and were ready for action by the relevant law enforcement authorities.
Mr Varghese believed this was an excellent opportunity for both federal and state governments to demonstrate that effective and prompt action could be taken against anonymous cyber-bullies and harassers.
“It is but a short step from here for these anonymous email assassins to becometerrorists with bullets,” he asserted.
Mr Varghese added that he had raised the issue with The Hon Scott Morrison MP, Prime Minister of Australia and The Hon Bill Shorten MP, the then Opposition Leader, during the recent Federal Election Campaign.
He stressed that a public enquiry on this issue was both warranted and timely.
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