MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology


Submissions to the Inquiry on the Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill are available here: Report due 13 May.

Malcolm Turnbull Q&A: on the anti-piracy, website blocking bill. | SMH |

Rights holders want access to site blocking to be more affordable. | ZDNet |

Telcos label copyright site-blocking bill ‘deficient’. | IT News |

Copyright for sale: How the Sony documents illustrate the link between the MPAA and political donations. | Michael Geist |

Banning VPNs won’t fix streaming video geoblock grief: Stilgherrian | ZDNet |

Leaked emails reveal Sony execs lobbied Netflix to stop Australian VPN users. | ZDNet |  

New Zealand: TV companies have filed proceedings at High Court over Global Mode. | Stuff  NZ |

The news media’s use of the Walter Scott video is – surprise – a newsworthy use: Sarah Jeong | Forbes |

Defamation, freedom of expression & media law

A chilling step closer to Australian secret police. | SMH |

Why journalists should be activists at least some of the time. | Dan Gillmor |

Privacy & information security

Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly – mass surveillance is counter-productive and endangers human rights. | COE |

Former Director of UK’s GCHQ joins Australian Cyber Security Review panel of experts. | PM |

Attorney-General’s Department new page on “industry implementation of data retention”. | AGD |

Mandatory data retention funding to be a budget surprise. | ZDNet |

This simple game shows why metadata laws won’t protect whistleblowers – interactive by . | The Guardian |

Australia’s infosec industry wants mandatory baseline security controls. | IT News |

Video chats are replacing in-person jail visits, while one tech company profits. | IBT |

The Machines are coming: Zeynep Tufekci | New York Times |

Optus considers “premium” charge for Netflix traffic, plus Netflix accounts for 25% of all iiNet traffic. | ZDNet |  

Meet the lawyer taking on Uber and the rest of the on-demand economy (in the US). | Fusion |

Kentaro Toyama went to India with noble intentions for using technology to improve people’s lives. Now he’s wrestling with why the impact was so small. |  Technology Review |

Social media

Twitter announces crackdown on abuse with new filter and tighter rules. | The Guardian |

Victorian man sentenced to 6 weeks’ imprisonment for contempt over Facebook posts, emails & internet radio broadcasts. | Austlii |

22 April 2015

MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology

MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology


 Senate Inquiry – Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill 2015. Submissions due 16 April.

Telcos reveal new piracy code. Overview of the Copyright Notice Scheme Code lodged for registration.  | IT News |

Canada: The Copyright Notice flood: what to consider if you receive a copyright infringement notification.  | Michael Geist |

In New Zealand, a legal battle looms over streaming TV. | Computerworld |

ISPs ordered to hand over customer details to Dallas Buyers Club. | IT News |

Village Roadshow wants to work with ISPs instead of suing movie pirates. | The Age |

Foxtel downplays importance of ruling: sending letters to pirates ‘isn’t efficient or good for consumers’. | Mumbrella |

Owner of film rights in Dallas Buyers Club has identified over 500 Internet users in Singapore. | Singapore Law Watch |

‘The Numbers Game’  – How the big studios began using piracy to measure success: Ramon Lobato & Julian Thomas | Inside Story |

Defamation, freedom of expression & media law

Commonwealth Bank funds defamation action against consumer advocate. | SMH |

Very interesting overview of recent issues & problems in defamation law: From McLibel to e-Libel. | J C Gibson |

Criminalising disclosure -> Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law on the risk to press freedom posed by section 35P of ASIO Act:

You wouldn’t read about it: Adrian Bayley rape trials expose flaw in suppression orders. | The Conversation |

Privacy & information security

Refused asylum seekers face personal data disclosure by Immigration Department. | The Guardian |

US: Want to see domestic spying’s future? Follow the drug war. | Wired |

Status of data retention in the EU following the CJEU ruling – update April 2015. | Open Rights Group |

Meet the privacy activists who spy on the surveillance industry. | Fusion |

Drug Enforcement Agency sued over bulk collection of Americans’ phone records. | The Guardian |

Expert report led by CDT finds that Australian surveillance violates human rights. | CDT |

The security paradox: individual privacy versus digital driftnets. | The Conversation |

Life insurance that comes with a Fitbit monitor, and discounts if you share health data and keep fit. | New York Times |  

Your Invisible Boyfriend is not a bot. It’s a rotating cast of crowdsourced workers, getting paid 5 cents to text you. | Fusion |

Is your lawyer smarter than IBM’s Watson? | IT News |

Social media

Periscope and Meerkat, the Apps where life is but a stream. | SMH |

UK: Leave a digital legacy after your death, urges Law Society. | Lsaw Society |

I followed my stolen iPhone across the world, became a celebrity in China, and found a friend for life. | Buzzfeed |

Facebook tracks all visitors, even if you’re not a user and opted out. | Ars Technica |

Many, many Facebook users still don’t know that their news feeds are filtered by an algorithm. | Fusion |

15 April 2015

MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology

MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology


Industry warns site blocking could have unintended consequences: Highlight need to avoid ASIC blunder. | IT News |  

 Senate Inquiry – Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill 2015. Submissions due 16 April.

Lawsuit over the price of ‘Happy Birthday’ inches forward. | Billboard |

Ireland: UPC ordered to install ‘three strikes’ anti-piracy system. | Independent IE |

How Netflix is trying to make Australians drop their VPNs. | ZDNet |  

EU announces plans to banish geo-blocking, modernize copyright law.  | Ars Technica |

Defamation, freedom of expression & media law

How the Adrian Baylely suppression order forced the reprinting of our new media law book. | JournLaw |

The Age abandons potential defence to Helen Liu defamation action to protect confidential sources. | SMH |

UK HM Revenue & Customs whistleblower illegally investigated using counter-terrorism powers. | The Guardian |

In Turkey, anchorwoman faces a decade in jail for tweet. | Sunday’s Zaman |

Data retention: ‘journalist information warrants’ are warrants in name only. | The Guardian |

Journalist Peter Greste delivers blunt message to politicians on detention centre secrecy. | SMH |

Privacy & information security

PSO breached “data security” for a laugh, documents reveal. | The Courier |

FBI used to recommend encryption. Now they want to ban it. | The Guardian |

New data world order: government can read every Australian like an open book. | The Guardian |

2500 metadata ‘cops’ to search phone and internet records. | SMH |

Human Rights Council creates mandate of Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy.  | OHCRC |

Stolen Uber customer accounts are for sale on the dark web for $1. | Motherboard |

Privacy Commissioner accepts enforceable undertaking to enhance information security at Optus. | OAIC |

“For privacy is not only a personal right, but a collective good—a cornerstone of democracy”, writes David Cole. | The Nation |

Welcome to the Manila Intermediary Liability Principles! | CIS |

“The number of WhatsApp messages sent every day now exceeds the number of standard texts.” What’s Up? | The Economist |

Cisco posts kit to empty houses to dodge NSA chop shops. | The Register |

Social media

On social media & professional identity: “This is not just a post about Instagram”. | Thesis Whisperer | 

Vietnam: Communist Party leaders struggle over social media.  | Global Voices |

“Twitter puts trillions of tweets up for sale to data miners”… even police involved in crowd control. | The Guardian |

29 March 2015

MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology

MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology


US: Music publishers sue ISP Cox for not kicking people off the Internet.  | EFF |

In Google Books appeal, judges focus on profit and security. | Gigaom |

Danish court orders a UK company to block Danish IP addresses. | EDRi |

Copyright law as a tool for state censorship of the Internet. | EFF |

UK music industry seeks review of law allowing fans to copy music. | Guardian |

Blocking piracy websites is bad for Australia’s digital future. | The Conversation |

Defamation & media law

Dr Roland Von Marburg sues Facebook for defamation. | SMH |

Is Australia an emerging secret state? | JournLaw |

African court delivers landmark judgment on criminal libel. | MLDI |

Privacy & information security

UK: Investigatory Powers Tribunal rules GHCQ mass surveillance program TEMPORA is legal in principle. | Privacy International |

Government pulls bill to abolish Information Commissioner. | Open and Shut |

Boost for terror law monitor powers proposed in new Bill. | IT News |

Data retention bill fails scrutiny test. | IT News |

ASIC to lobby government for metadata access. | IT News |

Intelligence authorities ‘fail to understand data’, says ISP. | The Guardian |

My post on what’s missing from the government’s new site on data retention. | MsLods |

Want to know more about data retention? I’ve updated my “storify” on Australia’s controversial data retention bill:

Committee calls for contributions to data retention inquiry.  | APH |  Register intention to lodge a submission by 8 December. Submissions due 19 January.

Freedom on the Net Report 2014 | Freedom House |

Australians’ appetite for data & content continues to grow  – Communications Report 2013-14 | ACMA |  

Gregarious and direct China’s web doorkeeper. | New York Times |

Aussie bitcoin start up CoinJar moves to the UK. | Business Spectator |

Social media

Navigating the legal challenges of exploiting social media and user-generated content. | Attorney-General’s Office (UK) |

22 people had to sign off on Mitt Romney’s campaign tweets. | USA Today |

Twitter takes aim at trolls – and promises more. | Boing Boing |

Social networks face fines for failing to remove bullying content. | ZDNet |

Scotland laws down the law on social media crime and revenge porn. | Wired |

UK: Man jailed for WhatsApp ‘revenge porn’ after posting images of woman online. | Guardian |

7 December 2014

MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology

MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology


No evidence that the Copyright Alerts have had a significant impact on piracy rates in the US. | Torrentfreak |

Hollywood demands tougher penalties for Aussie pirates. | Torrentfreak |

Australian ministers likely to recommend ISPs to send copyright notices and block piracy sites. | SMH |

Can graffiti be copyrighted? | The Atlantic |

When the time comes we’ll need to step up the fight against TPP’s secret, anti-user agenda. | EFF |

Will Netflix end piracy in Australia? | Televised Revolution |

Rightscorp nails 30,000 users for piracy in one month, still loses money. | Ars Technica |

How copyright law could get you killed. | Vox |

Controversial ‘Innocence of Muslims’ ruling to be reconsidered by appellate court. | The Hollywood Reporter |

Defamation & media law

Australian journalist fears rough justice in Thai defamation case. | The Citizen Web |

Murder trial with a twist: defamation jury to decide if Gordon Wood killed Carolyn Byrne. | SMH |

Ireland: Libel tourism could become our newest cottage industry. | Irish Times |

Google’s French arm faces daily fines over defamatory article. | The Guardian |

Privacy & information security

Cross-party federal committee scathing in its criticism of Abbott government’s mandatory data retention plans. | The Guardian |

Update on how ‘the west’ is backing away from data retention. | MsLods |

Why privacy matters even if you have nothing to hide: Daniel Solove. | The Chronicle Review |

Collection of resources, commentary and analysis on Australia’s controversial data retention bill. | Storify (by me) |

Department of Immigration and Border Protection unlawfully disclosed personal information of asylum seekers. | OAIC |

When Fitbit is the expert witness. | The Atlantic |

UK ISPs have agreed to filter terrorist and extremist material at the government’s behest. | Gigaom |

Mt Martha woman snapped sunbaking in g-string by real estate drone. | Herald Sun |

684,000 households are paying for content through international stores. | Choice |

Industry and government say ‘collect everything’. History suggests this is a bad idea. | Slate |

Social media

Juries and social media in the technological age. | Supreme Court of Victoria |

Filmakers think Twitter is ruining the Academy Awards. | The Daily Dot |

Does Twitter have a secret weapon for silencing trolls. | The Verge |

22 November 2014

MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology

MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology


Attorney-General’s Department censors public view on piracy. | ZDNet |

Can there be copyright in one’s own bottom? And what about a bottom pose? | IPKat |

Case of Sherlock Holmes copyright closes after US Supreme Court refuses appeal. | The Guardian |

Belgian and French copyright laws ban photos of certain public buildings. | EU Observer |

Aereo shutting down operations, closing Boston office. | BetaBoston |

How should the Marrakesh Treaty for the blind & visually impaired be implemented in Australia? The AGD is seeking submissions:

Defamation & media law

Singapore PM wins defamation case against blogger. | SCMP |

Public interest journalism is under attack on multiple fronts. | PIJF |

Responsible use of drones should be exempted from media laws: Goldberg. | JournLaw |

George Brandis attempts to reassure reporters – by undermining journalism. | The Guardian |

Privacy & information security

The Australian dusts off the “Must resist any move to give a right to sue over privacy” file. |  Open and Shut |

UK: Police misuse of RIPA “metadata” powers is systemic, MPs told. | The Guardian |

We don’t have any pre-existing metadata laws: Brandis. | ZDNet |

Collection of resources, commentary and analysis on Australia’s controversial data retention bill. | Storify (by me) |

British spies are free to target lawyers and journalists. | The Intercept |

Metadata collection comes under fire in new UN draft anti-surveillance resolution. | Gigaom |

The Dads of Tech. | The Baffler |

Feds shutter illegal drug marketplace Silk Road 2.0, arrest 26 year-old San Francisco programmer. | Forbes |

New Zealand: censor eyes “global mode” Internet access. | The New Zealand Herald |

Social media

Facebook: we are being slurped 24% more by government this year. | The Register |

Twitter exec says it’s not about the money. | LA Times |

Saudi lawyers jailed, banned from media over tweets. | Yahoo News |

Navigating a world of silos. | Paul Wallbank |

9 November 2014

MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology

MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology


Perth folk: Sunday 2 November you can hear Steve Dalby, Senator Ludlam & Rebecca Giblin discuss copyright at the Disrupted Festival of Ideas. (And it’s free!) 

Google removes results linking to stolen photos of Jennifer Lawrence nude. | The Guardian |

Not our kind of club. | iiNet blog |

Australian ISP iiNet takes a stand against copyright trolling by producers of Dallas Buyers Club. | Techdirt |

Judge issues Aereo injunction, stops short of enjoining time shifting. | THR |

The soaring financial costs of blocking pirate sites. | TorrentFreak |

Copyright in the Trans-Pacific Partnership echoes past mistakes. | The Conversation |

Defamation & media law

Offences for disclosing information about covert operations. | Parliament of Australia |

UK: Libel cases prompted by social media postings rise 300% in a year. | The Independent |

Barry Spurr v New Matilda: the facts, the law and the porridge: Richard Ackland. | The Guardian |

Australia’s war on whistleblowers must end. | The Guardian |

Judge ices cake decorators’ defamation case. | SMH | 

Privacy & information security

Metadata: Privacy Commissioner cannot monitor all those with access.  | The Guardian |  

Calls for urgent reform of metadata access as government reports reveal disparity. | SMH |

Will metadata musings ever mature beyond paranoid fears? – Stilgherrian | ZDNet |

Research shows mass surveillance fails drastically in striking balance between costs and benefits to society. | Techdirt |

BBC uses anti-terror spy powers to track down TV licence fee dodgers. | The Daily Mail |

Website blocking is not internet filtering: Australian government. | ZDNet |

The Sky is Rising: Data shows wealth of opportunities for digital content. | DiSCo Project | 

UK: Internet service providers must help crack down on fake goods, High Court rules. | The Guardian |

NZ: Why Gigatown is not a waste of money. | Bill Bennett |

Social media

Trolls, threats, the law and deterrence. | Paul Bernal |

The labourers who keep dick pics and beheadings out of your Facebook feed. | Wired |

Ferrari hit with lawsuit for taking over Facebook fan page. | Ars Technica |

26 October 2014

MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology