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0z Data Retention and the Magic Roundabout

In ACTA, Activism, Australia, Big Brother, Big Data, Censorship, CISPA, Encryption, Internet, twitter on August 6, 2014 at 10:38 AM

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If all the confusion on data retention seems familiar, think back to Nicola Roxon and the Labour Party’s attempt at basically the same issue. But that was a Gillard Government..or was it Rudd?..and this is now.

August the sixth 2014 , a resuscitation of the “data retention issue”  along with a multi prong policy designed to thwart “terrorism” springs forth. The Prime Minster and the Attorney General wrestle live on the air waves, demonstrating their skill with metadata spin. However what seems more likely is that Telecommunication Companies and Internet service providers will use this policy as an excuse to increase services charges which will trickle down to the end user. Collecting bulk un-encrypted metadata is super expensive, right?

One such claim being made by iiNet is that implementing such a plan would cost between $500 – $600 million dollars “depending on how the Government defines metadata”. Without being too specific about cost breakdowns and inflation timelines that ‘could’ equate to an increase of up to $10 per month.

If todays media debacle is anything to use as a gauge of policy implementation then its going to be an expensive mess which Australian Internet may never recover from. The internet as we now know it could be a thing of the fast approaching past.

Firstly Mr Abbott appears on morning TV shows eloquently splashing about with unfamiliar terminology, and doesn’t his body language show?

Later in the afternoon Australian Attorney General George Brandis appears running the afternoon media gauntlet but making more of a mess of things just like his predecessor Nicola did.

Interesting point is Mr Brandis says the Government is not interested in illegal downloads. Maybe the reason for that is a solution has already been worked out.

One thing is clear..Australia has made a dog’s breakfast out of the internet. Poorly written laws will be a burden for future generations. Intellectual Property and Copyright Laws will see people struck off  from internet providers for sharing a link.

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Freya Newman, the New Matilda leak and Tony Abbott’s daughter.

The computer-hacking incident has since become a criminal investigation that is nearing completion, following a complaint to police from management of the Whitehouse Institute about a major security breach involving the alleged illegal accessing and distribution of confidential student records.

NSW police have charged Freya Newman, a 20-year-old communications student from the University of Technology, Sydney, with unauthorised access to restricted data held in a computer. This led to student records about a $60,000 scholarship granted to Tony Abbott’s daughter being leaked to the online magazine New Matilda.

Allegedly Freya Newman was initially identified in CCTV vision.

Update 18 Sept 2014 Freya has plead guilty to accessing restricted records.

 

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CIA – FOIA dot GOV is Broken!!1

In ACLU, ACTA, Activism, Al Jazeera NEWSHOUR, Anonymous, Archive, ASIO, CIA, CYBERCOM, DEA, DOJ, EFF, Encryption, FBI, FED, Federal Reserve, FISA, FOI, FOIA, GCHQ, Hacking, INTERPOL, SOCOM, SPIN, Surveillance, TAO, TrapWire, twitter, USA, WikiLeaks on June 20, 2014 at 1:01 PM

 

The CIA Freedom of Information site was acting strangely…Approximately 1:41 pm (DC), Jason Leopold fired a tweet out exclaiming the appearance of what looked like characters from a Mahjong game across ones monitor.

 

Happy Birthday Mr Snowden…?

 

 

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Creating the Web We Want – EFA

In ACTA, Activism, Anonymous, ANT, Archive, ASIO, Assange, Australia, Big Brother, Big Data, Censorship, CIA, CISPA, CYBERCOM, DAILY NEWS ARCHIVE, DEA, Delta Force, EFF, Encryption, FBI, FDA, FED, File-Sharing, Fiscal Cliff, Five Eyes, FOI, GCHQ, Hacking, Internet, leaksource, LEAKSOURCE ORIGINAL NEWS, MI5, MI6, Microsoft, NDAA, News, Occupy, Police State, PSYOP, Snowden, SOCOM, SORM, SPIN, Sri Lanka, Stratfor, Surveillance, TAO, Technology, TrapWire, WikiLeaks on June 17, 2014 at 4:51 AM

The Electronic Frontiers Australia held a seminar as a part of the Thought WorksAgile

 

Senator Scott Ludlum appeared on a Skype connect and gave a very erudite account of the state of the surveillance machine.

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EFA’s Jon Lawrence (EO) spoke about the history of internet surveillance activism transcending through different generations right up to the modern Snowden release.

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An important issue Jon raised was the fact that the same issues are being dealt with today as where being dealt with 20 years ago and without understanding the past, one can not understand the future. Jon speaks about the export ban on the 40 bit key to USA in early 1990’s and the Governments realisation that encryption has benefits for the wider online community, which led to the rise of internet banking and other such transactions.

 

 

 

 

Community-run TPP forum in Melbourne 5th Feb 2014

In ACTA, Activism, Amnesty, Archive, ASIO, Assange, Australia, Britain, Canada, Chile, China, CISPA, Economy, FBI, Illuminati, Internet, INTERPOL, leaksource, Mexico, Monsanto, Mossad, NATO, NDAA, Netherlands, New York, New Zealand, News, Politics, Surveillance, Sweden, Switzerland, Technology, TPP, TrapWire, TSA, twitter, U.K., UAE, UK, USA, WikiLeaks, World Revolution on February 5, 2014 at 7:00 AM

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Slides from three different speakers in order of appearance

The forum was well attended with a wide cross section of people of all different ages.

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Dr Deborah Gleeson – Convener of the Political Economy of Health Special Interest Group of the Public Health Association of Australia, Lecturer in Public Health at La Trobe University and spokesperson for PHAA on the TPP.

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Angela Daly – 2013 auDA Australian Internet Ambassador, Electronic Frontiers Australia former board member, United Nations Internet Governance Forum Dynamic Coalition on Freedom of Expression coordinator

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Bob Phelps – Executive director of Gene Ethics

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From the Wikileaks TPP leaked chapter

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Related Link: Leaked Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Documents; WikiLeaks Raising $100,000 Reward for Missing Chapters

DoJ – USA Today “undercut your premise”

In ACTA, Al Jazeera NEWSHOUR, Alex Jones, Anonymous, Archive, Barack Obama, Barrett Brown, CISPA, FBI, FED, FISA, FISC, FOI, FOIA, GCHQ, News, NSA, NSA Files, Police State, Politics, Surveillance, twitter, UK, USA, Wall Street, WikiLeaks, World Revolution on September 19, 2013 at 12:13 PM
A recently posted cryptome cache shows an email exchange between an employee at the Department of Justice (Mr.Fallon) in an email exchange with a reporter Mr.Brad Heath from USA Today.

 

 

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The email outlines the way the DoJ employee will only give out certain aspects of an FOI case if the story meets approval.

 

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This immediately causes concern in light of other FOI requests from other reporters which frequently come back heavily redacted or with no result at all.
Looking at this exchange one is led to believe, perhaps that all the redaction and “no results found” could be DoJ employees garnering specific releases which then result in reporting of  manipulated content.
The FOI requests used by investigative reporters are not a cheap commodity, the cost of which more often than not, falls to the reporter. Requests can mount into the thousands of dollars and occasionally result in little or no usable content.
This highlights the duplicity and bastardisation  that is inherent in a corrupted and ill-managed administration.
All this in light if the FBI having to close services due to budget sequesters.
The last time was in 1995 when the Lincoln Memorial was shut to save on Federal Employees budget.

 

 

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