#KeepItOn petition delivered at IGF

Today, our friends at Access Now successfully delivered the #KeepitOn petition today at the Internet Governance Forum in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Snitch Hunt: 10th December 2016

Snitch Hunt: get a taste of the power of metadata surveillance, and compete to see who can best abuse it.

Digital Rights Watch end of year update

2016 has been a busy year for digital rights policy in Australia. We’ll be hosting a quick update on the policy issues we have been following, including copyright reform and privacy issues. Join us live on Monday 12 December 2016 at 4pm AEDT on YouTube.

UN inquiry into freedom of expression in telcos and the internet

We’ve prepared a submission for the UN Special Rapporteur on the protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, who is currently conducting a study on freedom of expression in the telecommunications and Internet access sector.

Digital rights workshop at auIGF

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Digital Rights Watch joined a panel workshop at the Australian Internet Governance Forum in October 2016, looking at the development of digital rights in Australia and assessing the current state of play.

Digital rights in aid and development

Digital Rights Watch will join a panel discussion at the annual conference of the Australian Council for International Development in Melbourne.

Digital Defenders guide to privacy

A graphic novel from European Digital Rights, designed to help young people between 10-14 years understand how to protect their privacy.

Watchlist: data brokers

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Most people are not aware of the fact that there is an entire industry of companies whose business model is based around collecting these fragmented datasets, linking them and analysing them to form a profile of an individual consumer. Known as data miners, you may never have heard of these companies – but they’ve almost certainly heard of you.

Watchlist: Algorithms and big data

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More and more people talk about big data and algorithms to do all sorts of things. What are these concepts and what do they tell us about the world we live in?

Concerns around proposed amendments to Privacy Act

Digital Rights Watch have raised deep concerns over proposed changes to the Privacy Act, citing the need for community and expert consultation before any legislation is introduced.

Watchlist: Using ‘Free’ Online Services

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Free online services may not cost you any money to use, however, it is important to be aware that there is still a transaction taking place between you and the providing company. Rather than paying in money, you are paying with information about yourself.

Watchlist: Copyright and fair use

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Much of the content we share on the web, such as articles, pictures and videos, is subject to copyright law. Australia does not currently have a system of fair use in copyright.

Watchlist: Encryption

Encryption is important to protect your privacy on the web, and stop your personal information or messages from being eavesdropped on.