Law + tech news round-up

Federal Parliament  is now back from Winter recess,  and while other matters have certainly grabbed the headlines, the Senate passed the telco sector security reforms Bill that’s been in the pipeline for quite a few years. And I (+ a few tech journos) read the first annual Attorney-General’s Department report covering the start of the data retention scheme tabled in Parliament this week. If you’re curious, the majority of offences for which data was requested by enforcement agencies were illicit drug offences (57,166 requests).

In the courts, Foxtel is continuing to seek orders to block piracy sites and a blogger was jailed for contempt for naming Tim Worner’s alleged lovers.   From the US, I recommend Kashmir Hill’s investigation on what happens when you tell the Internet you’re pregnant.   That’s just some of the recent law + tech news & views. Happy reading!

Law + tech news round-up

Federal Parliament is in recess until 8 August so it’s a good time to catch up on some of the news from the past few weeks. In the courts, Foxtel was successful in extending its “#siteblock” orders to block new Pirate Bay mirrors and Rebel Wilson won her defamation claim against the publisher of Woman’s Day & Australian Women’s Weekly.

Australia’s Privacy Commissioner is seeking public comment on its draft resources on notifiable data breaches and the APS Privacy Governance Code. And from the US, I recommend Pro Publica’s investigation into Facebook’s secret censorship rules and the Atlantic’s post on how technology designed for tracking down terrorists is being used to surveil immigrants more than ever before. That’s just some of the recent law + tech news & views. Happy reading!

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!