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Bob Carr the ‘authorised leaker’ and hypocrite

Bob Carr thinks it’s in the national interest to reveal the inner workings of diplomacy. Too bad he did nothing to help others seeking to do the same, like Julian Assange and Edward Snowden.

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Snowden: mass surveillance is failing us, and we can defeat it

Edward Snowden’s two public ‘appearances’ this week have expanded the debate on both the utility of mass surveillance and how ordinary internet users can defeat it.

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When governments drape a flag over their secrets, we need whistleblowers

The Coalition government is the most secretive of the modern era — except when it’s in its interests to share information. In that environment, we need whistleblowers more than ever.

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Spying for fun and profit

Crikey readers talk a glut of lawyers, corporate espionage and subsidies.

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Tony Abbott’s highly revealing lie about why we spy

The latest Snowden revelations about Australia reveal how surveillance is aimed at economic espionage - despite the Prime Minister’s claims otherwise.

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Abbott’s Closing the Gap speech might be the high point of the year

Tony Abbott’s Closing the Gap speech was one of the best of recent times, but he will have nowhere to hide if results do not improve.

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Snowden a threat to Australian lives? Brandis refuses to show proof

George Brandis’ accusation that Edward Snowden has placed Australian lives at risk is the same unfounded accusation we’ve seen before from national security politicians desperate to avoid scrutiny.

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Tony Abbott lays out his lines of attack on the ABC

The language of Tony Abbott’s attack on the ABC indicate the government’s tactics in preparing to cut funding. Aunty staff should prepare for the worst.

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Media briefs: pill-popping auntie … just not cricket … Snowden clemency …

The Age’s photo department has some odd ideas about nonagenarians and their pills … Plus other media snippets of the day.

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Keane’s 2013 in review: on trust, narratives and secrets

The failure of governments to earn the trust of voters was a major theme in 2013. This will make governing difficult until — if ever — governments regain that trust.

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Crikey Awards: your pick for the best (and worst) person of the year

Crikey readers have spoken. We have your Person of the Year and Arsehat of the Year. Plus which silver fox got your nod for sexiest male pollie?

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Panel says curb NSA’s worst excesses in wake of Snowden

The panel appointed by Barack Obama to forestall criticism of the NSA’s global surveillance has called for major change to intelligence collection and an end to some of the NSA’s worst behaviours.

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Defence-heavy spy committee needs to demand answers

The parliamentary committee tasked with overseeing sensitive intelligence agencies has finally been picked. It’s heavy on Defence and DFAT types, so will it do its job properly?

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Greenwald: the spying, not the media, is the story

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden is not finished with revelations of spying — and Australia could end up with even more egg on its face.

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Errors, lies and secrecy: don’t trust govts on national security

The demand that we trust governments to determine what we should know about national security matters is discredited by their performance over Iraq.

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Media briefs: ABC leak … Greenwald-WikiLeaks spat …

Crikey has obtained an email from ABC chief Mark Scott explaining how ABC journalists’ salaries ended up in print.

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Spy versus spy, gatekeeper versus gatekeeper

The NSA decided that it would breach an agreement not to spy on its closest allies like Australia, Edward Snowden has revealed — while journalists quarrel over national security. To what extent should the media play gatekeeper on classified material?

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Security breaches, confusion leave Parliament open to hackers

Our parliamentarians may be protected from spying by the NSA. But no one’s too sure after yesterday.

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‘Spectacular’: a brief history of spying in the digital age

Should the telecommunications industry step in to control surveillance activities? It’s one solution to the unregulated spying happening around the world, writes Paul Budde.

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Spooks harm the national interest in their great Anglophone game

As the NSA has done to the United States, the ill-judged actions of Australia’s spies have damaged our national interest.

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The US’ trade secrets demands and what they mean for journos

Leaked Trans-Pacific Partnership documents show the US is pushing for unprecedented penalties for those (like journalists) who expose trade secrets. Will Australia go along with the proposal? ANU College of Law associate professor Matthew Rimmer looks at what’s at stake.

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We are spying for the US, and the diplomatic cost is rising

Australia has worked hard to present itself as the US’ deputy sheriff and happily spied on the superpower’s behalf. But retired diplomat Bruce Haigh says all the forelock-tugging has landed Australia in a bit of hot water.

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The NSA’s war on Google: a how-to in intelligence stupidity

Revelations the NSA has broken into Google and Yahoo facilities will escalate a developing war between the US government and the companies it is damaging with its espionage.

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Fallout spreads from Obama’s surveillance state

The National Security Agency is inflicting damage on both US businesses and US foreign policy as the extent of global surveillance becomes apparent.

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Don’t trust governments on national security until they accept scrutiny

Until governments cease using national security as a way of avoiding scrutiny, they should not be trusted on surveillance.

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