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Topic: War on the Internet
From freedom to despair: the internet’s short but fast highway to hell

From freedom to despair: the internet’s short but fast highway to hell

The promise of freedom offered by the internet a decade ago now looks laughable in an age of extremism, surveillance and manipulation. What went wrong?

Cybersecurity? The biggest online criminals are … us

Cybersecurity? The biggest online criminals are … us

What no one will say about today's national cybersecurity strategy ostensibly focused on defending ourselves against malicious online actors is that we are the worst of the lot.

Encryption wars heat up as governments fight for less security

Encryption wars heat up as governments fight for less security

The government push against encryption will make everyone less safe -- individuals, companies, governments themselves.

How far does risk-taking go in the Turnbull era of government?

How far does risk-taking go in the Turnbull era of government?

The government's fascination with innovation is in marked contrast to its treatment of the internet -- and is it necessarily all good when we have a nimble bureaucracy?

Encryption opponents rush to exploit the victims of Paris

Encryption opponents rush to exploit the victims of Paris

Security agencies have a strategy to exploit terrorist attacks in order to attack encryption, and rapidly deployed it after the Paris attacks.

Government’s full-blown war on the internet is here at last

Government’s full-blown war on the internet is here at last

Data retention is central to the government's crackdown on filesharing -- illustrating how its war on the internet is driven by commercial interests.

Keane: democratisation of communication — the real reason for data retention

Keane: democratisation of communication — the real reason for data retention

The real reason for the push for data retention is the unhappiness of security agencies with the freedom the internet provides citizens, and the surveillance possibilities created by our embrace of that freedom.

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

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.

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

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.

The corrosive effect of surveillance secrecy

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.