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Crikey Clarifier: data retention — 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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Guess who will spy on the G20 (hint: not hactivists)?

David Irvine is warning G20 participants that “hacktivists” could target them. But there is an organisation far, far more likely to target the G20 …

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Why white terrorism isn’t terrorism

Terrorism by white people isn’t framed as terrorism because it undermines the real benefits of the War on Terror for western governments.

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Keane: our oversight of intelligence is broken

The refusal of the Inspector General of Intelligence and Security to acknowledge major concerns about spying on East Timor reflects how broken our system of intelligence oversight really is.

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Politicians are under surveillance — what will they do about it?

The discovery that politicians are under surveillance when whistleblowers contact them should drive a serious attempt to protect the latter from surveillance.

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Saville’s Shout: surveillance state … terror climate … PNG art …

Australia is spying on one in 67 of its citizens, often on suspicion of involvement in terrorism. But are we ignoring the real driver of terrorism in the coming decades — climate change?

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Attorney-General’s moves fast on new telco security arrangements

The Attorney-General’s Department is pursuing a new security framework to bring telecommunications companies and ISPs under tighter government control. But it appears to be treading softly on data retention.

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NSA’s malware and spying ops far more powerful than you think

The NSA has the post powerful online spying apparatus in the world — and it’s just getting started. Crikey’s resident tech-head explains the power of malware.

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Spying for fun and profit

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

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Judicial tension stirs over the dark arts of surveillance practices

The United States National Security Agency is facing its first real legal challenge to its collection of citizens’ phone metadata. Journalist and law student Parashar Das has followed the cases from Australia.

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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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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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First World spying v Third World spying

Crikey readers talk tree-changing seniors, what to do in Western Australia and spy

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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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Australia fails to act on latest spying revelations

Australian representatives need to publicly apologise for surveillance activities in Indonesia, if there’s to be any chance of salvaging the relationship between the two countries.

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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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Behind the scenes at an AEC vote count

Crikey readers talk the iCloud, spying and what really happens at an AEC vote count.

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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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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

Stock markets might be booming in the USA but the great recession lingers on when measured by unemployment.

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We’ve always spied on Indonesia — and they’ve spied on us too

There has been much hand-wringing over the revelations that Australia is spying on Indonesia. The only real surprise, however, is the feigned outrage.

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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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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

China’s million “internet behaviour monitors” top the country’s entire active military force … Solar power nearly as cheap as fossil fuels … rising concerns of US debt default

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Greens spoke too late on WA Senate loss

Crikey readers have their say on the Greens senate drama in WA, the technicalities of same-sex divorce and tax office surveillance.

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The tax man is watching: new surveillance force for ATO

The tax man is stepping up the war on fraud and dodgy claims, using the Australian Crime Commission to monitor suspected cheats. Tax consultant and former ATO manager Chris Seage reports it’s a first.

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Crikey losing its way but for Keane’s moral compass

Crikey readers talk the problem with the major parties and surveillance state.

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