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Law + tech news round-up

Since my last post we now know who our Senators are and #censusfail dominated my Twitter feed for at least a week.  Rebecca Giblin & Kimberlee Weatherall have explained the sensible copyright reform we should do right now in Australia. And Sarah Jeong wrote on how moral panics about pictures of naked women shaped the web as we know it. That’s just some of the recent law + tech news & views.  Happy reading …

COPYRIGHT

How and why Australia is fixing its preservation exceptions. | ADA  | http://goo.gl/9lHA2b

Australia is a signatory to the Marrakesh Treaty  but we now need to actually pass the copyright reforms that will give effect to that commitment. | SMH | http://goo.gl/Gu5c8c

‘Fraud of the rings’ jeweller admits Tolkien copyright breach. | Herald Sun | http://goo.gl/skJ58T

The selfie-taking monkey who has no idea he has lawyers has appealed his copyright lawsuit. | Techdirt |  https://goo.gl/lM60WO

The copyright case that should worry all Internet providers (in the US). | Washington Post | https://goo.gl/4mUJqB  (Contrast with the iiNet decision in Australia).

DEFAMATION, MEDIA  LAW & FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION

Call for submissions by 1 November 2016. UN Special Rapporteur is conducting a study on freedom of expression in the telecommunications and Internet access sector. | OHCHR | http://goo.gl/uZnGRS

Freedom of information case pursued by  journalist Paul Farrell to be heard in AAT. | The Guardian | https://goo.gl/T3ok6e

The secrecy surrounding Australia’s border security regime has gone too far: Liberty Victoria. | The Age | http://goo.gl/fDjc1b

$150,000 Facebook post that destroyed a former deputy principal’s life. | The SMH | http://goo.gl/69loZl

ACMA finds Andrew Bolt too hyperbolic to be considered factual. | WAToday | http://goo.gl/2vlMBe

Bangladesh shuts down the Internet, then orders blocking of 35 news websites. |  AdVox | https://goo.gl/CvpMub  and check out Access Now’s ‘Keep it On’ campaign #KeepItOn

Maldives approves defamation law criticized by U.N. | Reuters | http://goo.gl/lT46EN

PRIVACY & INFORMATION SECURITY

How the Bureau of Statistics bungled the 2016 census: Peter Martin. | SMH | http://goo.gl/7BF3pm

“Yes to a national snapshot. No to detailed data-linking on individuals.” | SMH |  http://goo.gl/MKARyi

University students, you are being watched. | The Age | http://goo.gl/OhrmvV

DTO eyes biometric identity system. |  Innovation Australia | http://goo.gl/nSswPk

Victoria’s privacy watchdog threatens to resign over ‘dysfunctional’ FOI bill. | IT News | http://goo.gl/2l8J31

TECHNOLOGY

Researchers question robustness, privacy & verification methods of NSW’s eVoting system. | ComputerWorld | http://goo.gl/pgNbNl and there’s a public hearing on Victoria’s inquiry into electronic voting on 22 August.

Facial recognition technology to become part of SA Police toolkit. | ABC | http://goo.gl/iam81Y

How Australia keeps refugees & people seeking asylum in tech limbo. | CNET | http://goo.gl/Fc3PgR

My Health Record – an e-health system with little clinical value and fewer than 17 percent of Australians on board. | ZDNet | http://goo.gl/R9iuGl

How panics about pictures of naked women shaped the Web as we know it. | Washington Post | https://goo.gl/p0xV2l

20 August 2016

Image: by Rosmarie Voegtli.  (CC BY-ND 2.0)

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