MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology


Here we go again: Canadian recording industry calls on government to regulate the Internet. | Michael Geist |

MPAA & Homeland Security (ICE) confirm they interrogated a guy for wearing Google Glass during a movie. | Techdirt |

“There’s a culture clash, yet in the middle of these warring words, there is also collaboration.” | The Guardian | 

Study of French “three strikes” piracy law finds no deterrent effect. | Ars Technica | 

Copyright or copywrong? The state of copyright in Australia (by me). | iiNet blog |

Tickets now available for Australian Digital Alliance’s Copyright Forum:

Defamation & media law

No, the defamation case against Courtney Love will not change Twitter. | Popehat |

Privacy & information security

The Lives of Others and modern surveillance. | Technollama |

Our hackers, who art in open source, deliver us from refrigerators. | ZDNet |

Surveillance watchdog concludes metadata program is illegal, “should end”. | Ars Technica |

US ‘hand on heart’ intentions regarding surveillance leave Australia trailing, again. | Open and Shut |

How a teenager helpfully reported a government security flaw – and could be charged in return. | The Guardian |


Google embarks on smart contact lenses for diabetics. | CNet |

Technology is not driving us apart after all. | New York Times |

Op-ed from @HanniFakhoury on how the U.S. crackdown on hackers is the new war on drugs. | Wired |


Verizon says U.S government data requests top 320,000. | Bloomberg |

Is the world’s safest phone? | Business Spectator |

Social media

The two teenagers who run the wildly popular twitter feed @HistoryInPics. | The Atlantic |

ATO Officer under fire over Twitter use. | Canberra Times |

Digital media gives cruelty, new visibility, but does the prestige of old media give bigoted ranting respectability? | Aljazeera English |

Government pushes social media watchdog. | AFR | 

26 January 2014

MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology


Copyright or copywrong? The state of copyright in Australia (by me). | iiNet blog |

Betamax case still being argued. | The Hill |

Tickets now available for Australian Digital Alliance’s Copyright Forum:

Defamation & media law

Journalist Derryn Hinch has chosen 50 days in jail instead of $100,000 fine. | Business Insider |

Courtney Love testifies at first U.S. ‘Twibel’ trial. | ABA Journal |

Privacy & information security

An introduction to Tor, Lightbeam and Adblock. |  Cryptojunky |

Google makes private messaging someone easier … world freaks out. | Forbes |

NSA collects millions of text messages daily in untargeted global sweep. | The Guardian |

Obama’s restrictions on NSA surveillance rely on narrow definition of spying. | The Washington Post |


AMA: How a weird internet thing became a mainstream delight: Alexis Madrigal.  | The Atlantic |

If a time traveller saw a smartphone: Tim Wu. | The New Yorker |

Why the world needs OpenStreetMap. | The Guardian |

Fridge sends out spam emails as attack hits smart gadgets. | BBC  |


What secrets your phone is sharing about you. | The Wall Street Journal |

What you need to know about the US court decision that struck down net neutrality. | Gigaom |

iiNet holds out on signing NBN agreement. | ZDNet |

Social media

Social media is a conversation not a press release. | Medium |

What happens when the President sits down next to you at a cafe. | The Atlantic |

The joy of unfollowing. | NYMag |

Teju Cole writes a short story a tweet at a time. | NPR |


19 January  2013

We can do something: #MITAdonate


As some of you may have read in the past, my Mum, Margaret regularly travels from Ballarat to visit asylum seekers at MITA, a detention centre in Broadmeadows.

After speaking to Mum last night I tweeted a request for donations of baby wraps and also books for a 17 year old interested in biology.  Thanks for all the rapid responses offering baby wraps. Much appreciated!

Mum is used to organising donations by herself. However, I’ve managed to get some further suggestions from her as many have asked me how else you can help.

Here are some specific requests/needs:

* maternity clothing

* children’s and very basic dictionaries

* colouring books with activities

* grammar books for people with English as a second language

* Some of the women have also asked for material and lace for making dresses & baby clothes.

If you are able to assist (and live in Melbourne or Ballarat), please get in contact with me.


There are also a number of practical actions we can all take to both advocate for more humane refugee policy and to assist those refugees & asylum seekers in Australia.

* The wonderful Asylum Seeker Resource Centre has a list of ways you can get involved and also produce excellent fact sheets & mythbusters­ to assist you in discussing these issues.   *Amnesty International also has useful resources on refugee issues if you’d like to learn more.

* Write to your federal Member of Parliament: Oxfam have some tips on how to do this.

*Spread the word: host a screening or encourage friends, family and colleagues to watch Between the Devil & the Deep Blue Sea film. Doco is available to buy for $20 here:­ Facebook:

*Volunteer: there are a range of organisations that work to support asylum seekers and refugees. For example, you could tutor refugees in homework programs.  See Refugee Council’s list of organisations in your community.

MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology


Aereo will go to the US Supreme Court. | The 1709 Blog |

Fast track trade bill fails to address asymmetric secrecy of Trans-Pacific trade negotiations. | KEI |

On investment analysts’ perception of infringement risk. | DisCo Project |

Tickets now available for Australian Digital Alliance’s Copyright Forum:

Defamation & media law

US court orders Yelp to reveal anonymous reviewers’ identities. | Gawker |

Jane Austen Twitter row: two plead guilty to abusive tweets. | The Guardian |

Privacy & information security

Cell phones let cops track people for a thousandth of the price, study finds. | Forbes |

Android and Google+ confusion outs trans woman. | The Guardian |

Hacked site reports boy to police. | The Age |

What it’s like when the FBI asks to backdoor your software. | PC Mag |

The Internet of Things is wildly insecure – and often unpatchable: Bruce Schneier | Wired | 


A lexicon of the Internet updated by its users. | New York Times |

Cory Doctorow: We are Huxleying ourselves into the full Orwell. | Mostly Signs Some Portents |

Tech issues Australia’s freedom commissioner should address. | ZDNet |

Where do we go from here? 8 hypotheses about tech in 2014. | The Guardian |


Australia tops OECD mobile broadband penetration, fibre lags. | ZDNet |

Call waiting … and waiting.  Work from home? A phone call may be a rare thing. | New York Times |

Social media

Facebook isn’t actually a good way to judge potential employees, say researchers. | Forbes |

When a partial tweet becomes an ad what are the rules? | New York Times |

Your ability to can even: a defence of internet linguistics. | The Toast |

The frame makes the photograph: Nathan Jurgenson, researcher. | Snapchat blog |

Twitter co-founder releases Jelly, another app to annoy your friends with. | BetaBeat |

Teju Cole wrote a short story on Twitter by retweeting others. | Slate |

12 January 2013