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The way women are harassed online is despicable - definitely worth a watch.

The big question is how to stop it. Clearly there are guys out there who are complete idiots who just don't like women. I mean - who sends death threats (first) and who send death threats about games - really?
Posted: July 1, 2015 @ 22:53
Tags: Privacy
That being said - in this case they don't understand technology. They're asking for encryption that everyone can use and trust that can't be broken by the "bad guys" but can be unlocked by properly authorised law enforcement when they need it.

Can't be done. If you have something that can unlock it then it will quickly become completely unlocked. And then no-one will use it.
Posted: April 29, 2015 @ 09:39
If you relate this to Australia's relentless march towards metadata retention it is reasonably easy to see that simple data can be turned into significant conclusions.
Posted: March 25, 2015 @ 08:43
As it turns out, no-one really can. So that lets governments and law enforcement agencies make up their own definitions and apply them however they like.

Is this guy from Anonymous a 'bad' guy? Maybe. But is he a terrorist? Highly doubtful. But watch the FBI bend their definition so that they can use confidential and classified tools to track and (maybe) detain people without merit.

This will happen elsewhere. Even in Australia. It is probably happening now.
Posted: February 4, 2015 @ 09:46
Australia is on a list of nations that don't have a high regard for human rights. Well, played. NOT!
Posted: January 30, 2015 @ 09:37
Modified: January 30, 2015 @ 09:38
Is it an oversight that the retention period for private data hasn't been mentioned? Unlikely. And as the article says, the potential for permanent retention is very high - because that's the way governments (and corporates for that matter) work. Better safe than sorry.

Which means that your innocent actions will come back to haunt you. And your not-so-innocent actions will doom you forever.
Posted: January 28, 2015 @ 11:33
Bend over and kiss your arse goodbye. Pity that politicians are complete hypocrites. And also a pity that this isn't really about law enforcement - the first task will be for the movies studios around copyright infringement - so already this is extending beyond what it is meant to do and we haven't even got it through parliament yet.
Posted: October 30, 2014 @ 16:43
Do users sometimes choose bad passwords or share the wrong thing? Sure. But when you're the digital regulator (charged with ensuring that the Internet is safe for "normal" people to use) - blaming the victims of crime is not the way forward.

Posted: October 3, 2014 @ 09:03
Modified: October 3, 2014 @ 09:03
One of the challenges with big data is the increasing chance that your privacy will be lost with it. Here is one example.
Posted: October 2, 2014 @ 12:09
Metadata is where it is at - and the government is attempting to get as much of it as possible.
Posted: September 30, 2014 @ 14:19
Modified: September 30, 2014 @ 14:26
The IoT (Internet of Things) is coming and your car will be just one of them (maybe many because there are lots of onboard computers). Where will that data go? Who will own it? Will the policy be able to give you a speeding ticket without actually seeing you do it?
Posted: September 19, 2014 @ 17:16
Two of them harm innocent people - the other, not so much. Unless you're the Australian movie studios in which case if you pirate a movies you're just as bad as a pedophile or terrorist.

Not in the same league, methinks. Probably time to stop the hyperbole.
Posted: September 5, 2014 @ 07:11
A video on how sound can be recovered from inanimate objects in a room. Very cool but with some significant privacy and surveillance implications.
Posted: August 5, 2014 @ 13:20
I've believed this for a long time - privacy is dead. That's not a good thing but it is inevitable given our reliance on electronic communications to drive our lives and our governmental needs to control information.
Posted: August 4, 2014 @ 14:18
I'm guessing that lawmakers in every country of the world really don't understand technology that much. Taken literally, this would pretty much stop the Russian people accessing the Internet.
Posted: July 5, 2014 @ 13:03
Posted: June 13, 2014 @ 09:50
And I'm sure there is more of this to come.
Posted: June 9, 2014 @ 09:22
Government, big business - whatever. In this case, big US government surveillance and "justice" departments are conspiring to screw everyone over. I'd like to believe it is just incompetence but it goes too far for that.
Posted: June 5, 2014 @ 13:04
Thumbnail204 were living in your own little fantasy world.
Posted: May 12, 2014 @ 23:57
Modified: May 13, 2014 @ 11:41
Why liking curly fries might indicate that you're smarter than most - or maybe not.
Posted: April 30, 2014 @ 16:26
Tags: Geeky, Privacy, TED
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