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…”
25 years of the WWW
The Web was 25 years old this past Tuesday. What memories stir within you?
Federal election minus 1 day: last minute Coalition announcements special!
Info on certain last minute Coalition announcements: the now-rescinded opt-out Internet filter and the very much not-rescinded proposal to investigate “increasingly ridiculous research grants” by the Australian Research Council
Federal Election minus 3 days: state surveillance and anti-terror policies
Round 2 of officially caring about party policy: today we go a bit more niche: state surveillance, anti-terror provisions and similar, specifically whether anti-terror is used as an excuse to infringe on civil liberties and political organising.
#dataretention is worthless #securitytheatre – how-to guides for Tor, VPN and https
To show how easy it is for any punk kid (or middle-aged feminist blogger) who just doesn’t want to play along with Roxon’s plans for an expanded surveillance culture, please do some googling on the search strings below.
Verify, check and challenge. Or perish.
Mr Denmore gives examples of how the writers who are supposedly paid for their knowledgeable insight are shown over and over again to have feet of clay and invisible robes whenever someone cares to look at their published works with a mildly jaundiced eye:
Internet Misogyny Datapoint: the hatefest aimed at Anita Sarkeesian
Every time women on the internet point out how routine it is for a woman’s mere presence on the internet to provoke squadrons of flying he-man-she-hater monkeys to post floods of vile abuse, someone reckons that it’s not really that bad and women should just get thicker skins/lighten up/stop whining etc.
“Special thanks to all the trolls for their tireless efforts x”
I know this is everywhere at the moment, but I’ve put up this post to assist bookmarking this delightful video for future deployment against infestations of sexually aggressive, racist, homophobe, misogynistic, cowardly, illiterate, wastes of human skin: Thank You Hater by Isabel Fay
BFTP: This is what we use it for
The SF authors of the past might well have been surprised by the essential triviality of the way most of us use this amazing worldwide communication system we enjoy, but should they have been?