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Australian Attorney General Pushes Ahead With Gov't Web Snooping

boron boy Re:The Onion Router, GnuPG, TrueCrypt (148 comments)

Part of the "discussion paper (pdf) also says "give us your passwords or else":

Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979

14.Reforming the Lawful Access Regime

a. expanding the basis of interception activities

15. Modernising the Industry assistance framework

a. establish an offence for failure to assist in the decryption of communications

b. institute industry response timelines

c. tailored data retention periods for up to 2 years for parts of a data set, with specific timeframes taking into account agency priorities, and privacy and cost impacts

more than 2 years ago
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Australian Attorney General Pushes Ahead With Gov't Web Snooping

boron boy Re:Begs the questions... (148 comments)

I for one welcome our green watermellon, commie, non gun toting, ethical, environmental, pro choice, pro secular, pro internet privacy overlords. Go the greens!

more than 2 years ago
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Australian Attorney General Pushes Ahead With Gov't Web Snooping

boron boy Re:That's not what it says at all... (148 comments)

Wrong. All that has been said is one sentence in a discussion paper(pdf). Here it is:

Relevant Act: Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979 Terms of Reference extract: 15. Modernising the Industry assistance framework a. tailored data retention periods for up to 2 years for parts of a data set, with specific timeframes taking into account agency priorities, and privacy and cost impacts

The details are sorely lacking. Here is Electronic Frontiers Australia's submission to the inquiry (pdf):

EFA is seriously concerned at the lack of detail provided by the Attorney-General’s Department in relation to this proposal, as well as the lack of any cost-benefit analysis or even a substantive justification for such a wide-ranging proposal that would affect all Australians. It is therefore very difficult to make meaningful comments on a proposal that lacks any substantive detail. EFA recommends that the Committee reject this proposal out of hand, and request that the Attorney-General’s Department provide a detailed proposal that includes an explanation of the justifications behind it and a cost-benefit analysis.

more than 2 years ago
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Australian Attorney General Pushes Ahead With Gov't Web Snooping

boron boy Re:Thanks, Australia! (148 comments)

Unfortunately, no one votes for the Attorney General position. It's a complete boys' club.

Except the current AG is a woman. And so is the person that appointed her (the prime minister).

more than 2 years ago
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Networked Cars: Good For Safety, Bad For Privacy

boron boy Bicycle FTW (327 comments)

Get a bicycle. Get fit, stay private, don't emit co2.

more than 2 years ago
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The Lesson of Recent Hacktivism

boron boy AntiSec == security through obscurity? (159 comments)

LulzSec (and Anonymous) have 'demonstrated that an awful lot of people are either asleep at the switch or believed in arcane security methods like security through obscurity.

Wait what? Lulzsec showed that security though obscurity is bad? I thought the whole point to their "AntiSec" cause was to stop security companies publicly announcing vulnerabilities. Isn't that the definition of security through obscurity?

more than 3 years ago
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Windows App for Controlling Sound output per app

boron boy JACK (2 comments)

Sounds like the kind of thing you'd use JACK for on linux or mac. No idea how you'd go about it on windows.

more than 5 years ago
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Is SETI Worth It?

boron boy Summary (806 comments)

Yeah it's not practical, yeah it's expensive, but damn, if it pays off, it pays off big time. Besides, it's not like we're asking you to pay for it, SETI runs off private money.

Personally I think they'll have more of a chance in the fledgling field of optical seti, where they're looking for aliens pointing laser beams at us... yes really.

about 7 years ago

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Surveillance oponents send copies of Nineteen Eighty-Four to Attorney General

boron boy boron boy writes  |  more than 2 years ago

boron boy writes "Given the recent push for increased surveillance, ISP data retention, and the erosion of any “right to remain silent”, I wonder if Nicola Roxon (Attorney General of Australia) has read George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four.

Let’s make sure she has, or at least that she re-reads it, given the circumstances. I’ve started a campaign to send copies to her office at parliament house."

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OpenAustralia beats official parliament record

boron boy boron boy writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Daniel Kinsman writes "FTA:

Hansard, which has online records of everything said by Australia's elected representatives for the past 28 years, is an "aged technology", admits the Department of Parliamentary Services. It is now seen as so inaccessible that almost a quarter of the users of a rival parliamentary record, Open Australia, have a .gov.au address.

OpenAustralia is a volunteer open source project and website that takes the official record of parliament in Australia and republishes it to make it searchable and useful. The team of volunteer developers are also finding errors in the official record, and are having a hard time getting them fixed at the source.

Open Australia volunteers claim to have regularly found errors with official Hansard records, and say the Department of Parliamentary Services (DPS) is reluctant to get them fixed.

(Disclaimer: I have been a contributor to the OpenAustralia code in the past)"
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