The legends at ABC Friends sent a questionnaire to the Wentworth by-election candidates to gauge their support for the national public broadcaster. I've been listed as a "moderate" supporter, which is justifiable because of how I answered two questions relating to funding.
Here's what I think, so you can make your own judgement:Read more
When we discuss good government, transparency is usually a feature we value. It seems the coalition also values transparency, but in a much more literal sense…
If they make information invisible, perhaps we won’t notice their terrible actions.
This is a guest blog post by Alex Lester.
If you think that the revolving door of Australian prime ministers is a cause for concern, what's even more shocking is what's happened in the Senate. Here it seems to be difficult for people to even stay with the same party, let alone the same leader.Read more
In the lead-up to the Wentworth by-election, GetUp! has put another set of very focussed questions to us. This round of interrogation was about the environment and our ABC. All questions gave the option of answering "Yes", "No", or "Uncommitted and gave space to elaborate.
Andrea Leong, the Science Party's candidate for Wentworth, answered these questions on 1st October 2018.Read more
New device access laws proposed by the government increase national security risk by increasing the attack surface for hacking on all devices.
The implementation of this law will create one of the world's largest reservoir of high-value security holes for hackers to take advantage of in terms of obtaining access to personal devices. It will be hard to control access to exploits and the networks of the AFP, ASIO and other policing bodies when so much valuable information can be obtained by hijacking a single law enforcement agency.Read more
A law that requires individuals to produce decryption keys for encrypted data could send innocent people to jail, because it is hard to tell the difference between encrypted data and white noise. The government wants to increase the penalty for not providing decryption keys to law enforcement from 2 to up to 10 years.
Telecommunications metadata was illegally accessed almost as soon as the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Amendment (Data Retention) Bill came into force. Now the government wants new powers to force companies to put in back-doors into electronic devices, and it puts all of us at risk.Read more
There is a chilling effect when people are spied upon. This effect extends to when people know there is even a small possibility that they could be spied upon.
The government wants to introduce new laws that could compel device makers to build back-doors that grant the government full access to devices they successfully get warrants for. This act effectively renders all electronic devices compromised from the perspective of keeping information secret from the currently ruling party, or any future ruling party.Read more