Unhappy data retention day

This morning, Australia’s mandatory 2 year data retention regime began. Internet activity through Australian ISPs including mobile phone providers is now recorded.

Quick links: nothing to hide

Data retention is coming to Australia very soon. “[Data retained] includes your name, address and other identifying information, your contract details, billing and payment information…”

Standing Up For Leelah

[Content Note: discusses harassment, family rejection of transgender teens, suicide, trans* erasure, and silencing tactics commonly used to stifle discussion of these matters ].

I find more and more recs for articles written by Arthur Chu in my feeds lately. This post prompted by reactions to the Tumblr’d suicide note left by transgender teen Leelah Alcorn is a particularly strong piece: Cover-ups, Concern Trolls and Suicide. Chu questions why some people want others to stop sharing Leelah’s words.