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The Coalition’s looming push for a well-ordered internet

The federal government appears to be preparing a major push against internet freedoms using the justifications of copyright and cyberbullying.

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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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The corrosive effect of surveillance secrecy

The reflexive embrace of secrecy by governments over internet surveillance corrodes trust right across society, and most of all towards governments themselves.

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Ten things we’ve learnt about the surveillance state

While the flow of leaks about the National Security Agency continues, we can stand back and draw some important conclusions.

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Why surveillance information will always be abused by governments

The value of mass surveillance data inevitably means it will be abused unless it is treated like other government resources and strictly — and publicly — monitored.

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Understanding surveillance as an information economy

The problems of a surveillance state become more obvious when you understand information as a resource that governments exploit.

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ITU learns from the best in a new internet regulatory bid

In making another bid to “secure cyberspace”, the International Telecommunications Union has revised its tactics — and learnt from its opponents.

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Revealed: Australian spies seek power to break into Tor

The Attorney-General’s Department has admitted data retention will be “trivially easy” to avoid and that intelligence services want to be able to break into encrypted internet systems like Tor.

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Cybersecurity awareness week: be aware you’re being lied to

It’s cybersecurity awareness week. So you should be aware that you’re being lied to about cybercrime, who’s behind it, and how your rights and freedoms are under threat.

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Online activists and exemplary punishment

Across the world, authorities are wildly overreacting to the threat posed by online activism. History says it won’t work. Expect more Aaron Swartzs, Bradley Mannings and Kim Dotcoms in coming years.

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How the internet rewires the circuits of our public space — and you

The internet is changing Australian society, you, and even your own head — and 2012 gave vivid emphasis of how that is happening. Crikey’s man in Canberra on the politics and policy shifts.

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Assembling the building blocks of global net regulation

It’s become clear that the Australian government is working to launch an international attack on online privacy.

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Revealed: who the govt spoke with on data retention plans

The appearance of the Attorney-General’s Department at an inquiry into national security reforms has revealed some disturbing insights into its proposal to retain internet data.

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Radio chiefs’ error: mistaking social media for traditional media

Mainstream media powerbrokers only understand social media in traditional media terms, undermining their efforts to deal with it.

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The legal industry faces a steep internet learning curve

Efforts to thwart the impact of social media on the criminal justice system will fail. In the first of a two-part series, why the legal industry needs to accept that fact and adjust.

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National security hysteria, the fastest-growing crime in Aust

Wild claims about cybercrime are a key tool in inflating spending on cybersecurity and expanding the powers of governments, like the latest proposal for two-year data retention.

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Hypothetical: news from a national security future

We already know what could happen if proposals to dramatically extend surveillance and intelligence-gathering powers are allowed to proceed.

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Why has the Right gone missing on the surveillance state?

When Labor finally unveils a genuine threat to civil rights, its usual critics have fallen silent. Why?

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Government unveils huge wishlist of new surveillance powers

A major parliamentary inquiry will examine government proposals to significantly extend surveillance powers — including to Twitter and other social media.

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Send in the sock puppets: social media manipulation and Kony

The ease with which people have been manipulated by the Kony 2012 video will have governments and corporations excited.

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Federal Bureau of Facilitation — what was the FBI doing with Stratfor and WikiLeaks?

Revelations about the role of an FBI informer raise further questions about the FBI’s facilitation of crime.

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Who’s sued Twitter? The list so far

News that Melbourne defamation lawyer Stuart Gibson is suing Twitter on behalf of Joshua Meggitt for a Marieke Hardy tweet is only the most recent of efforts by the legal industry around the world to take on the social media giant.

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Thinking of the kids as the net flattens information hierarchies

Attempts to legislatively address the TV Now “problem” will fail - and the solution is staring rights holders in the face.

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How to get off scot-free after a massacre — the playbook

Stolen emails again demonstrate how the defence and political establishments do business in the US.

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Keane on SOPA: Big Copyright will continue to endanger basic rights

The copyright industry has rejected the opportunity to profit from online content and insisted on maintaining its analog business model.

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