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In a digital age, the connection between human rights and the internet is getting stronger.
Just about any account you own on the internet is prone to being hacked — and one of the easiest ways to add an extra layer of security is to enable two-factor authentication.
Australians may need to find a whole new way to communicate in the digital age if we do not want to completely lose the right to privacy, suggests Professor David Lacey, one of the nation's leading cyber security experts.
Sensitive personal details relating to almost 200 million US citizens have been accidentally exposed by a marketing firm contracted by the Republican National Committee. The 1.
Political data gathered on more than 198 million US citizens was exposed this month after a marketing firm contracted by the Republican National Committee stored internal documents on a publicly accessible Amazon server.
America's top intelligence official is reneging on a promise made under the Obama administration to estimate how many Americans have been spied on using a warrant-less surveillance law intended to target foreigners.
As Canberra turns its attention to the issue of accessing encrypted communications between potential terrorists, nobody's opposed to the principle that national security demands a technology strategy.
Over the past few months, Australians’ civil rights have come under attack. In April, the government’s data retention law came into effect. The law requires telecommunications companies to store customer metadata for at least two years.
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Australians with a disability will have some of the strongest rights to access content in the world, thanks to changes to Australia’s copyright laws passed today. Copyright peak body the Australian Digital Alliance elatedly welcomed the new laws.
The Australian government wants to introduce laws that would force technology companies to ensure their systems are capable of decrypting communications.
We're all aware of the deal we make when we sign up with Facebook: we get somewhere to post vacation photos and stalk friends, and Mark Zuckerberg gets to sell your passion for fishing trips to fishing equipment retailers.
There is a specific issue with the Facebook in-app browser intermittently making requests to websites without cookies that had previously been set. This appears to be a defect in the browser which should be addressed soon.
In terms of devices, smartphones are perhaps the biggest contributors to today’s ubiquitous data collection. The information recorded by mobile phones provides detailed insights into a user’s personality and everyday life.
Theresa May looks set to launch wide-ranging internet regulation and plans to fundamentally change how technology works despite not having won a majority.
In the wake of last week's recent terror attacks in London and Melbourne, the federal government has called for online companies to give security agencies freer access to platforms like WhatsApp and iMessage.
As a long-time political activist, Malkia Cyril knows how smartphones helped fuel Black Lives Matter protests with outraged tweets and viral video. But now Cyril is having second thoughts about her iPhone. Is it a friend or a foe?
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s demand for “access” to encrypted services reveals a Brandis-esque level of digital illiteracy across this entire government, Australian Greens Co-Deputy Leader Scott Ludlam said today.
In the wake of the Melbourne terror incident and the terror attacks in London and Manchester the Federal government is attempting to shift some of the blame for the actions of the terrorists in these latest attacks on to large Internet companies and the encryption technology which keeps us all safe
Foxtel is not happy y'all keep pirating Game of Thrones. The Pay TV provider wants Optus, Telstra, TPG and Vocus to block 17 more websites from Australian access. Taking full advantage of Australia's new-ish anti-piracy laws, here are the new sites Foxtel wants blocked.
British Prime Minister Theresa May has found something to blame for Saturday night's terror attack in London: the internet. "We cannot allow this ideology the safe space it needs to breed.
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Digital Rights Watch has called on the Australian Government to clarify their position on law enforcement agencies accessing Australian citizens’ encrypted devices and communications.
President Trump's irate and irrational tweets have already gotten him in plenty of trouble, and will, no doubt, continue to be an issue as he pushes for approval of his controversial travel ban before the Supreme Court.
Today is the start of the second convening of the United Nations Human Rights Council (“HRC”) for 2017, and we have once again partnered with the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) to give you a review of the digital rights issues that are being discussed.
Composing an email can sometimes be more than typing and pressing a send button. For over an year now, the meaning of sending and checking emails has changed for me.
In early May, the Congolese government inked a $5.6 million deal with Mer Group, an Israeli security consulting firm with deep links to the Israeli intelligence services.
New international agreements should be introduced to regulate the internet in the light of the London Bridge terror attack, Theresa May has said.
In Iran—as you might expect—internet content about women’s rights, sex, and religion are censored and filtered. Wikipedia articles on the topic used to be blocked.
Australians are getting increasingly concerned about their privacy due to the new data retention laws, with a 100% increase in VPN software use since the law took effect on 13 April. NordVPN, a Virtual Network Service provider, has seen an increase of 100% in its users from Australia.
The new questionnaire that US visa applicants have to fill in requires them to supply biographical information stretching back 15 years and all their social media handles for the past 5 years. Just a note: my first application for a US O-1 visa ran 600 pages. The first renewal ran 900 pages.
An 8 August hearing has been scheduled for the latest application for a website-blocking injunction made under Australian anti-piracy laws.
Australia's ongoing debate over the introduction of a new fair use right took a turn last week when Wikipedia joined the fray.
The government’s planned privacy code for the public sector is a “smokescreen” to cover its series of failures in the space, and has no hope of preventing similar failures in the future, the former chair of the Australian Privacy Foundation has warned.
Ethiopian Internet users woke up to no connectivity, thanks in part to the grade 10 national examinations. Attempts to reach Internet users in Ethiopia on VOIP calls failed (Viber was used in this case, being the most popular service in Ethiopia) but International calls on GSM were successful.
Venezuela is increasingly censoring its internet and expanding online surveillance of citizens. The country is currently in a state of emergency after two months of anti-government protests that have caused the deaths of over 50 people and led to violent confrontations with the police.
Having fought and won the debate over the economy-wide damage caused by high tariffs, the Productivity Commission has now turned its focus to its digital equivalents: intellectual property and access to data.
After failing in April to shut down reporting of its lawsuit with the United States Department of Labor, Google's told the US court looking into alleged pay discrimination it would be too expensive to find out whether women are underpaid at the advertising behemoth.
Blockchains used to be exclusively associated with bitcoins until other industries saw how useful the digital distributed ledger can be.
Silicon Valley's giants are tired of US spies standing on their shoulders to see further.
When Joy Buolamwini found that a robot recognised her face better when she wore a white mask, she knew a problem needed fixing When Joy Buolamwini found that a robot recognised her face better when she wore a white mask, she knew a problem needed fixing Joy Buolamwini is a gradu
CAIRO Egypt has banned 21 websites including the main website of Qatar-based al Jazeera television for "supporting terrorism", local media and security sources said on Wednesday.
OONI tests: Web Connectivity, HTTP Header Field Manipulation, HTTP Invalid Request Line, Facebook Messenger test, WhatsApp test, Vanilla Tor test.
1Password received a handy new feature last week that allows the app to temporarily remove all passwords, credit cards, and other stored data from a user’s devices.
The Commonwealth Ombudsman has been unable to confirm whether the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (Customs – now integrated into the Australian Border Force) met its legal obligations when exercising powers given to it under telecommunications interception and access legislation.
As the Australian Copyright Agency comes under pressure for appearing to use member royalties to enshrine self-serving copyright laws, it’s time to question the purpose of copyright. Some argue current laws ensure artists are fairly paid and make more local content.
Presenter John Langer & Jennifer Martin Topic Current affairs
Most people on Facebook have probably seen something they wish they hadn’t, whether it be violent pictures or racist comments. How the social media giant decides what is and isn’t acceptable is often a mystery.