Law + tech news round-up

It’s been quite a few weeks between posts …  nevertheless, the copyright bill mentioned in my April post has not yet passed Parliament, but more “piracy” site blocking applications have progressed in the Federal Court. Fairfax’s Michael Bachelard wrote about how our defamation laws stop important Australian stories from being told and the Senate kicked off an Inquiry on Public Interest Journalism.

The AFP admitted that it had accessed telecommunications data without the required journalist information warrant and the Ombudsman released its report on agency access to stored communications and telecommunications data. I also read also some engaging and important stories about technology including on algorithms and bias, and the enduring myth of the hacker boy-band.  That’s just some of the (relatively) recent law + tech news & views.   Happy reading!

Law + tech news round-up

It’s been quite a few weeks between posts … so let’s start with some good news.  Last month a Bill making some much needed reforms to copyright law was introduced into Parliament. As Nic Suzor explained, if passed the reforms will enable people with disabilities to access and enjoy books and other material in formats they can use.

Turning to the courts, the latest application to block piracy websites has kicked off and a gangland lawyer lost a defamation case against Google Australia. In the US, Twitter sued Customs & Border Protection over an administrative summons to unmask the identity of a pseudonymous Twitter account critical of the Trump administration. And I read some engaging articles about technology on topics as varied as automating medical diagnosis and farmers “hacking” tractors.  That’s just some of the (relatively) recent law + tech news.   Happy reading!

Law + tech news round-up

How is it March already?  … if you missed last month’s Australian Digital Alliance’s copyright forum you can now catch up online.

The first public hearing for the inquiry into Centrelink’s automated debt collection processes is being held this Wednesday 8 March; Daniel Solove recently reflected on the 10 years since his excellent ‘I’ve got nothing to hide’ essay. Stilgherrian reported on talk of cyberwar, while a man in Sydney was charged with manufacture of 3D printed guns.  And Nicolas Suzor ponders the question of whether Twitter should dump the US President?  That’s just some of the (relatively) recent law + tech news.   Happy reading.

Law + tech news round-up

We’ve now had our first 2 sitting weeks of  Parliament for 2017 and the mandatory data breach notification bill finally passed both houses.  Meanwhile, the controversial re-identification offence bill did appear on the Senate agenda but hasn’t yet been debated. Turning to copyright, Village Roadshow again asserts it will launch a further court application to block more piracy-linked sites and Foxtel faced its own piracy battle with Facebook streamers. And looking abroad, German regulators ban a kid’s doll saying it is essentially a stealthy espionage device.  That’s just some of the (relatively) recent law + tech news.   Happy reading …