Open letter on the Terrorism Database

Digital Rights Watch has joined with dozens of organisations and academics in signing an open letter about the EU’s proposed Regulation on Preventing the Dissemination of Terrorist Content Online, and in particular the Regulation’s call for Internet hosts to use “proactive measures” to detect terrorist content. Key concerns include: Lack of transparency of how the database works, and its effectiveness, …

Providing evidence to Parliamentary committee on the Encryption Bill

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Digital Rights Watch’s Lizzie O’Shea and Access Now’s Nathan White give evidence to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security on the Assistance and Access Bill 2018. A transcript of our evidence is available here. You can read our submission to the committee here.

How much do political parties know about you?

Political parties know more about you than you may realise.Parties are looking for whatever edge they can get, and increasingly, that edge comes in the form of personal data. While the use of this data is still in its infancy in this country, its potential is huge. Digital Rights Watch Chair Tim Singleton Norton talks to ABC 730 on how …

PJCIS hearings on Assistance and Access Bill

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Angus Murray, Dr Suelette Dreyfus and Justin Clacherty appear before the Australian Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security, to outline civil society concerns with the Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment (Assistance and Access) Bill 2018. The transcript of this session is available here. Read more in our joint submission to the committee.

Slow down, stop and listen

Consumers, human rights groups, industry, telcos and technology companies join forces to sound alarm at Government’s spyware legislation A diverse group of consumer representatives, human rights organisations, industry, technology and telecommunications companies has today joined forces under the banner Alliance for a Safe and Secure Internet with a plea to the Government to slow down, stop ignoring the concerns of …

Sleepwalking into a digital dystopia

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We’re in the midst of a worsening democracy deficit, and you need look no further to see this on full display than within the shambolic process around the Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment (Assistance and Access) Bill. This Bill will introduce unprecedented new powers for government and law enforcement, and Coalition politicians are treating the public, and our concerns about …

Charter of Rights

Our lives are better when we all treat each other with respect and compassion. That’s why it’s so important the values that everyone holds dear – like fairness and equality – are properly protected. But all too often, our political ‘leaders’ let us down. Together we can change this. We need an Australian Charter of Human Rights so everyone’s rights …

Joint call to G20 Leaders

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Digital Rights Watch has joined over 100 organisations in appealing to G20 leaders to bring human rights to the centre of our digital future.

The State of Digital Rights

Today, we’re proud to release the State of Digital Rights report, which outlines the many ways Australians’ rights are being impacted by the activities of private companies and governments in the online world.

Live Hack: Melbourne

Is your metadata a trail of breadcrumbs that anyone can follow? We’re partnering with Melbourne Knowledge Week to investigate the tracking capacity of the city of Melbourne.

Statement to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Law Enforcement

Australian Privacy Foundation representatives Dr Adam Molnar and Dr Monique Mann recently gave evidence at the Joint Parliamentary Committee on Law Enforcement Inquiry on the impact of new and emerging information and communications technology. They emphasized the importance of not undermining or weakening encryption.