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Home affairs minister Peter Dutton has been accused of rushing legislation that tech companies say could have the effect of weakening encryption, privacy and security of all Australians.
Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has rushed into parliament a bill which would grant the WA Police Force and Corruption and Crime Commission broad powers to force technology companies to give it access to encrypted communications.
People generally associate the word radical with extreme. But I prefer to think of the word in reference to its Latin origin: radix, the root of the issue. My friend Malkia Cyril is a radical in the truest sense of the word.
The federal government’s controversial anti-encryption bill has been given the green light to be introduced to Parliament just a week after the submissions deadline for its consultation period closed, in a move branded “simply outrageous” by civil and digital rights groups.
Pharmaceutical companies will be allowed to apply for data from the controversial My Health Record system, a Senate committee hearing has been told.
China is building a digital dictatorship to exert control over its 1.4 billion citizens. For some, "social credit" will bring privileges — for others, punishment. Dandan Fan is very much the modern Chinese woman.
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In "A Message to Our Customers" posted on Apple's website, CEO Tim Cook declared the company's intention to fight the federal government's request to hack users in response to the recent mass-killing in San Bernardino, California.
At a hearing last week in Washington, senators and executives from Facebook and Twitter wrestled with the existential question of our time: how do we prevent Silicon Valley’s signature creation – social media – from tearing the country apart? Few answers emerged, but several senators express
The European Parliament has voted to pass the new EU Copyright Directive. This is when things get messy. Over the last few months, the crucial vote had been portrayed as a decisive battle over the future of the internet as we know it.
Tech giants including Facebook, Google and Twitter have lodged a formal submission criticising the Federal Government's approach to encrypted messaging.
A coalition of digital rights groups has called for the government’s draft surveillance bill to be scrapped wholesale, saying that it “effectively enacts insecurity by design” and will create “extremely broad powers with almost no oversight without any substantive justification”.
It seemed like such a good idea: a digital vault for all of our health records accessible by a variety of healthcare providers.
With the government’s anti-encryption laws now beyond public scrutiny, here’s what is on the table, and what we can expect. On July 14 last year, former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull announced that the government wanted the power to access people’s encrypted messages.
I found my way to the Download Your Information tool in late March, soon after a whistle-blower revealed that the political-consulting firm Cambridge Analytica had gathered information about tens of millions of Facebook users.
Technology giants Facebook, Amazon, Google and Twitter say the government's planned new cyber security laws would leave Australians vulnerable to cyber attacks and be detrimental for public security and the economy.
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The so-called ‘right to be forgotten’ online is in danger of being transformed into a tool of global censorship through a test case at the European court of justice (ECJ) this week, free speech organisations are warning.
Proposed legislation that would allow Australia's intelligence agencies to decrypt digital information is a serious case of overreach according to Digital Rights Watch.
In the decade after the 9/11 attacks, the New York City Police Department moved to put millions of New Yorkers under constant watch.
Changing this view requires a high level of digital literacy, and in Canada, digital literacy initiatives are of relatively low priority and met with low expectations. Specifically, these programs are designed to address the digital divide.
It allows law enforcement and intelligence agencies in Australia to force organisations and individual technologists to provide access to encrypted data and communications, and punish them with fines or imprisonment if they won’t do it, or if they talk about it.
America, Canada, New Zealand, the UK and Australia are in a surveillance alliance called The Five Eyes, through which they share much of their illegally harvested surveillance data.
Chelsea Manning will appear via video link at events in Brisbane and Melbourne this month – as the Australian government refuses to provide her a visa.
Human rights groups have blasted the government's decision to prevent convicted US whistleblower Chelsea Manning from entering Australia.
The latest Juice Media government satire video has landed! This time it is taking aim at the proposed Assistance and Access Bill that would allow law enforcement and security agencies to get around data encryption on personal devices without judicial oversight.
Whether you do your shopping online or in store, your retail experience is the latest battleground for the artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning revolution.
Imagine this: Australia's police and intelligence agencies, acting on multiple anonymous tips, have identified a plot to set off a bomb in the CBD some time in the next 24 hours.
Last week, a global alliance of 76 organizations, companies, and individuals urged Australian officials to refrain from requiring technology companies to weaken the security of their products and services by building in backdoors to facilitate law enforcement access.
When the FBI broke into the iPhone of a terrorist linked to the San Bernardino shooting in 2016, it kicked off a global debate over encryption and privacy.
"The governments of the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are committed to personal rights and privacy, and support the role of encryption in protecting those rights," began a document agreed to last week. Sounds good. But wait.
The governments of Australia, United States, United Kingdom, Canada and New Zealand have made the strongest statement yet that they intend to force technology providers to provide lawful access to users' encrypted communications.
Controversial whistleblower Chelsea Manning will miss her scheduled appearance at the Sydney Opera House on Sunday due to ongoing doubts about the fate of her Australian visa.
Australia has reportedly banned American military whistleblower Chelsea Manning from entering the country, in a move that activists have described as a stunt to impress President Donald Trump. Manning, 30, had been due to travel to Sydney to speak at the city’s famous opera house this weekend.
A loyal Kmart customer was seeing red after she came under suspicion of shoplifting due to, she says she was told, "facial recognition technology" - despite having a valid receipt. Suburban mum Tracey said she felt "insulted and intimidated" after trying to get a refund on two unworn jumpers.
The death of a woman hit by a self-driving car highlights an unfolding technological crisis, as code piled on code creates ‘a universe no one fully understands’ by The 18th of March 2018, was the day tech insiders had been dreading.
Ever wonder what the people on the other end of a Hangouts session are really looking at on their screens? With a little help from machine learning, you might be able to take a peek over their shoulders, based on research published at the CRYPTO 2018 conference in Santa Barbara last week.
In the last few years, we’ve discovered just how much trust — whether we like it or not — we have all been obliged to place in modern technology.
Healthcare workers say existing concerns about patient privacy are likely to extend to My Health Record. But experts have claimed this also raises the risk of inappropriate access.
When Australian's former favourite Attorney-General Senator George Brandis QC said in mid-2017 that encrypted messaging was "impeding lawful access to the content of communications", fears of a government-mandated backdoor in encryption systems soon erupted.
New laws that could compel global technology companies to assist Australian spy agencies and police have been strongly criticised by an industry group representing Facebook, Google and Twitter, among others.
What assurances of privacy do we have in this digital age? Until this year, the quick answer was: effectively none. We share personal data with companies, who in turn share it with other companies and the government, with few if any legal means of individual redress or control.
Officials from the Department of Home Affairs have sought to assuage concerns that a proposed national facial recognition service could lay the basis for mass surveillance.
On Friday, the identity matching services bill will be discussed at a hearing by the parliamentary intelligence and security committee. It has serious implications for human rights.
As of the end of FY17, Australian telecommunications providers had incurred more than $176 million in capital costs related to complying with the government’s mandatory data retention regime.
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The good news is, the war on maths is postponed, because maths won. The government appears to have given up on its ambition of undermining the global encryption standards that underpin secure communications on the internet.
Google’s former head of free expression issues in Asia has slammed the internet giant’s plan to launch a censored search engine in China, calling it a “stupid move” that would violate widely held human rights principles.
Australia's promised “not-a-backdoor” crypto-busting bill is out and the government has kept it's word - it doesn't want a backdoor, just the keys to the front one.