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Good luck citizens, we're on our own

Australia’s rush to embrace sweeping powers to access the digital footprints of its citizenry has raised the existential age-old question: What is a journalist?

The development of the government’s data retention bill and its implications were woefully under-reported by those most obviously fitting the description until we got to the pointy end of the law-making. 1,127 more words

Observations

Senate Passes Controversial Metadata Laws - In Memory of Martin Place

MPs Cathy McGowan, Andrew Wilkie and Greens MP Adam Bandt, March 19 – on the left.

Only three Australian ministers opposed the controversial metadata laws, and now… 1,017 more words

Australia

Meet your new Metadata laws Australia

The 26th of March 2015 will be a date we will remember for quite some time, it’s the date when one of the most ridiculous bills became legislation. 614 more words

Australia

What does the metadata retention scheme mean?

On Thursday Australia’s mandatory data retention scheme passed both houses of parliament despite privacy-based objections from minor parties and independents. According to Daniel Hurst at The Guardian, the… 364 more words

Current Events

NSA Doesn’t Need to Spy on Your Calls to Learn Your Secrets, by Bruce Schneier

Remember the 4th Amendment? It’s a dead letter, as Bruce Schneier at wired.com explains:

GOVERNMENTS AND CORPORATIONS gather, store, and analyze the tremendous amount of data we chuff out as we move through our digitized lives.

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Other Views

ALP cave like gutless suckholes

Despite widespread opposition (not from Labor) and boat loads of legal issues, the metadata retention bill has passed Senate. The ALP caved. Not one supposed representative of the two major parties crossed the floor. 112 more words

Australia