The slippery slope of censorship just got more slippery

Mar 20, 2019

The aftermath of the horrific mosque shootings in Christchurch,  New Zealand, last week has unfortunately delivered exactly what the  mentally deranged perpetrator wanted – division. It has also served to  further stifle the free flow of online information. As pointed out by digital industry figures Paul Shetler and Matt Barrie, who commented this week about the arbitrary blocking of two well-known websites by  Telstra and Optus, we have now entered dangerous territory. The websites Zero Hedge and LiveLeaks had contravened no known  broadcasting laws in Australia, yet they were arbitrarily blo...

Only politicians get exemption from encryption law

Mar 20, 2019

The Federal Government's encryption law spreads its net far and wide in society, but exempts one class of person — politicians — from its tentacles, according to an analysis of the law by lawyer and consultant Matthew Shearing. "This Bill (which is now law) has a number of small but powerful provisions tucked away in its 220 pages – but none might raise more eyebrows than the provision regarding members of Parliament," Shearing pointed out in his analysis which came to iTWire's notice after InnovationAus editor James Riley mentioned it. "While the rest of the Australia (and in many cases, ...

Facebook says digital platforms report at odds with ACCC's mandate

Mar 06, 2019

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's preliminary report from its digital platforms inquiry has taken a "near-exclusive focus on protecting certain publishers from disruption and competition" and is at odds with the competition watchdog's mandate, the Australian arm of social media behemoth Facebook claims. In a submission made in response to the release of the preliminary report, Facebook said the ACCC failed to understand the "broader challenges facing journalism and news production". Due to this preoccupation, many of the recommendations made in the report would not help j...

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