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Politicians’ contempt for liberties shows need for bill of rights

Politicians’ contempt for liberties shows need for bill of rights

Our political system is failing to protect our basic rights. A different approach is needed, one that doesn't rely on hacks like Daniel Andrews.

Your surveilled life: no escape from the Politicians’ Panopticon

Your surveilled life: no escape from the Politicians’ Panopticon

Our politicians are constructing a panopticon from which it will be impossible to escape. And it won't stop terror attacks.

AFP snooped on a journo, but it was your pollies and media that let it happen

AFP snooped on a journo, but it was your pollies and media that let it happen

The Australian Federal Police's casual dismissal of a serious breach of data retention laws is appropriate given the way those laws were passed.

We mustn’t normalise terror, so we’ve ritualised it instead

We mustn’t normalise terror, so we’ve ritualised it instead

The responses of the media and politicians to terrorism are now rituals played out despite the urging that we should never "normalise" terrorism. And that goes for mass surveillance too.

Did Brandis breach his own ‘journalist information warrant’ law?

Did Brandis breach his own ‘journalist information warrant’ law?

Now that we know ASIO has pursued journalists' sources using data retention laws, did George Brandis comply with his own law requiring him to tell a parliamentary committee about it?

Data breach illustrates danger of mass surveillance

Data breach illustrates danger of mass surveillance

Revelations of trafficking of Australians' metadata illustrate that data retention -- which has no benefits for law enforcement -- is a serious threat to Australians.

Our governments versus China — who’s the bigger cyber threat?

Our governments versus China — who’s the bigger cyber threat?

While we focus on the threat of Chinese hackers, we're oblivious to the danger posed to us by our own security agencies with mass surveillance powers.

Silence on surveillance: why we’re less free and less secure than ever

Silence on surveillance: why we’re less free and less secure than ever

After three years of attacks on our online rights, surveillance and security are absent from the election campaign -- the result of a conspiracy of silence by the major parties.

Govt builds facial recognition ‘hub’, our surveillance state’s newest weapon

Govt builds facial recognition ‘hub’, our surveillance state’s newest weapon

It could start with passports, but could end with security agencies collecting images from your social media accounts.

‘This is just ridiculous’: telcos miss data retention deadline

‘This is just ridiculous’: telcos miss data retention deadline

What happens to telecommunications companies that miss the August 13 deadline to get their plans for data retention in to the government? No one really knows.