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Mia Freedman’s dad takes on Guy Rundle

Crikey readers, including the father of one of Australia’s most successful businesswomen, discuss issues of the day.

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How the metadata war was won: the seven tactics of the security elite

A powerful, secretive clique within government has at last won a long battle to impose mass surveillance on Australians. Here are the key tactics that enabled their success.

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Finally, the Labor-Coalition surveillance deal revealed

In a secret deal hammered out between politicians, Australia’s biggest ever mass surveillance scheme is to go forward, with journalists given special protection.

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What’s in a name? Brandis tries to define ‘journalist’ in data retention debate

Brandis appears to be leaning towards the New South Wales and Victorian understanding of who is and isn’t a journalist with respect to metadata provisions. Not that it matters much anyway.

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Your guide to the data retention debate: what it is and why it’s bad

It’s time to clarify what data retention is and the nature of the threat it poses to citizens.

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Coalition wedged on media as Brandis sneaks away from protections

The media revolt on data retention forced the government and opposition to cave in on protecting journalists — while George Brandis tried to sneak through a get-out clause for agencies.

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Plenty of blame to go around for Labor’s data retention dilemma

The media’s belated discovery of the threat of mass surveillance has left Labor with a dilemma on data retention, Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer write.

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Journos finally cotton on to the insidious danger of data retention

Parliament’s intelligence committee is examining the issue of security agency access to journalists’ metadata. But it might want to look a little closer to home as well.

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‘The epitome of a gentleman’ or ‘that shit’s fucked up’? Behind closed doors at a men’s club

What, exactly, happens at a men-only club?

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Rundle: the Right roadkill on the way to a new republic

Guess what? The Australian people actually like the human rights commission and Gillian Triggs, and News Corp and the Right find themselves on the wrong side of history.

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Tips and rumours

Liberals go missing in NSW … Disability activist not welcome at conference … curious George’s inbox about to fill up …

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Positions, roles, offers, tables — who’s right in the Moraitis Files?

When is “formally putting on the table” not offering something? When it’s not in the government’s interests to admit it.

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The Moraitis files: resign yourself to inaction on the Triggs offer

The head of the Attorney-General’s Department is in deep trouble over his offer of a job to Gillian Triggs — but history suggests nothing will eventuate.

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‘Brandis should stand aside’: who’ll take the fall for Triggs ‘inducement’?

Labor wants police to investigate the pressure George Brandis and his department secretary applied to human rights commissioner Gillian Triggs to stand down. Do they have a case?

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How to get around Brandis’ data retention plans

Crikey readers discuss Queensland geography and encryption.

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Razer: why you, yes YOU, should care about data retention

You’ve done nothing wrong, you say? Bollocks, says Helen Razer. George Brandis wants to throw you in jail.

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Razer’s Class Warfare: does watching American Pie make you a consumer of child porn?

The definition of “child pornography”, like the definition of “metadata” seems very elastic. And the government’s new data retention proposals will ensnare devotees of The Simpsons, not child rapists.

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Data retention will hurt YOU, not criminals. Here’s how

The government’s data retention is far more likely to harm ordinary Australians than catch criminals or terrorists. Bernard Keane and senior IP and communications lawyer Leanne O’Donnell explain how.

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Facts go missing in the post-Hebdo rush to justify surveillance

Politicians have rushed to use recent tragedies to justify mass surveillance — and even the complete banning of encryption.

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The 2014 Crikeys: Arsehat of the Year

Will it be real-life Bond villain Vladimir Putin? Human yeast infection Redfoo? Or closer to home, our very own Jacqui “Ban the Burqa, Straya!” Lambie? Vote for the worst person of the year — Crikey’s Arsehat 2014!

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Alan Rusbridger on journalism in the ‘Golden Age of Surveillance’

It’s hard to be at the forefront of the encryption arms race when you’re still carrying a tracking signal in your pocket, writes Margot Saville.

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Keane: will Brandis and Turnbull go after encryption next?

The growing use of encryption and anonymisation tools by companies and consumers is infuriating security agencies and the copyright industry. When will they move against them?

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Dear George, this is how you can fix your mass surveillance program

The risks in the government’s data retention bill could be substantially reduced if the government and security agencies were willing to accept some limitations.

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‘Why sacrifice yourself?’ Whistleblowers consider Brandis’ new laws

The government has introduced harsh new penalties for people who reveal covert operations. Crikey intern Tom Heath asks some of Australia’s high-profile whistleblowers: would you do it all over again today?

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The five data retention lies you were told

The government’s unveiling of its data retention scheme was accompanied by blatant falsehoods by people who have no excuse not to know better.

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