News Corp co-chairman Lachlan Murdoch has invoked his grandfather’s reporting of Gallipoli to lash the Abbott government’s new national security laws that could jail journalists for up to 10 years.
Mr Murdoch said Australia’s press freedom was under threat and had already fallen dramatically by world standards.
“It might surprise you that today Australia ranks 33rd, just behind Belize, on the Freedom house index. 20 years ago we ranked 9th,” Mr Murdoch said during the Keith Murdoch Oration at the State Library in Melbourne on Thursday night.
Mr Murdoch said the government was frequently asking Australians to trust them ‘we’re from the government’, when attempting to censor the media. “But trust is something that should not be a consideration when restricting our fundamental freedoms. Our freedom of speech and freedom of the press are not things we should blindly entrust anyone.”
The Americans and British worked together. In 1975, Whitlam discovered that Britain’s MI6 was operating against his government. “The Brits were actually decoding secret messages coming into my foreign affairs office,” he said later. One of his ministers, Clyde Cameron, told me, “We knew MI6 was bugging Cabinet meetings for the Americans.” In the 1980s, senior CIA officers revealed that the “Whitlam problem” had been discussed “with urgency” by the CIA’s director, William Colby, and the head of MI6, Sir Maurice Oldfield. A deputy director of the CIA said: “Kerr did what he was told to do.”
On 10 November, 1975, Whitlam was shown a top secret telex message sourced to Theodore Shackley, the notorious head of the CIA’s East Asia Division, who had helped run the coup against Salvador Allende in Chile two years earlier.
Shackley’s message was read to Whitlam. It said that the prime minister of Australia was a security risk in his own country. The day before, Kerr had visited the headquarters of the Defence Signals Directorate, Australia’s NSA where he was briefed on the “security crisis”.
A 10-year-old girl from the Philippines, nicknamed Sweetie, has helped authorities convict one Australian on child pornography charges. But Sweetie isn’t real — she’s a virtual digital avatar created to lure predators as part of a global sting operation.
Scott Robert Hansen, a 37-year-old from Australia, is the first person to be convicted as a result of his interactions with Sweetie, according to Agence France Press.
More on Sweetie here
Government agencies would be required to put up “stop pages” alerting the public to websites blocked under Section 313 of the Telecommunications Act under proposals put forward by the Department of Communications.
In April 2013, following a bungle by ASIC that resulted in accidentally blocking customer access to 250,000 websites for at least two ISPs — when the agency was just seeking to block websites associated with investment fraud — it was revealed that three commonwealth government agencies had been using Section 313 of the Telecommunications Act to compel ISPs to block customer access to websites on their behalf.
For the second time, Internet service provider iiNet has been dragged to court over the alleged copyright infringement of some of its customers.
Dallas Buyers Club, LLC on 14 October initiated legal action in the Federal Court aimed at obtaining the details of a number of iiNet customers.
The company is seeking as part of a process of preliminary discovery the details of customers linked to IP addresses that it alleges were involved in downloading the 2013 movie Dallas Buyers Club using BitTorrent or other peer-to-peer software.
It’s impossible to talk about hoverboards without invoking a particular movie title, so we’re not even going to try: Remember that awesome scene from Back to the Future Part II? It’s one step closer to reality: A California startup just built a real, working hoverboard. Arx Pax is attempting to crowdfund the Hendo Hoverboard as a proof of concept for its hover engine technology — it’s not quite the floating skateboard Marty McFly rode through Hill Valley (and the Wild West), but it’s an obvious precursor to the imagined ridable: a self-powered, levitating platform with enough power to lift a fully grown adult.
“Boganella, the talking Shotgun” makes reference to one of the most glorious/awful aspects of Aussie culture.
Most Australians will instantly be familiar with the term “Bogan,” a term used to describe the most unsophisticated, racist slobs in our country. The closest equivalent in “American” would probably be “Redneck,” although Bogans, with their high-pitched annoying voices and tendency to end every sentence with the phrase “c**t”, are truly unique to Australia
Sick of waiting an hour for your phone to charge before you leave the house? Researchers at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore have come up with the best solution yet – a lithium ion battery that charges to 70 percent in just two minutes.
Even better, it also lasts for 20 years, and will reportedly be available to the public within two years.
Australia’s Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security (AIGIS) has found that the nation’s Australian Security and Intelligence Agency (ASIO) spied on itself in contravention of local laws.
The Inspector-General’s Annual Report [PDF] lists breaches of Australia’s Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act (TIA). The most comical breach played out as follows:
“ASIO intercepted, without warrant, calls made from one of its own regional offices due to a technical error. The data was deleted and processes put in place to ensure it does not happen again.”
On the weekend I went for a walk with some friends to check out a mental asylum near Sydney. Unfortunately the main bulk of the Asylum was demolished for aparments, but there is still some stuff to see in this now semi-abandoned complex. Continue reading
Hawaii: Drinking too much coffee can radically reduce a man’s ability to father children, a study has found.
Men who drank two or more cups of strong coffee a day had just a one in five chance of becoming fathers through IVF. However, for those who drank less than a cup, the chance of having a child rose to nearly 52 per cent.
The study also showed that men who drink around a pint and a half of beer a night could improve their fertility.
Bad news for those caffiene drinkers. But things seem to be looking ‘up’ for those beer drinkers.
Internet trolls could face up to two years in jail under new laws, Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has said.
He told the Mail on Sunday quadrupling the current maximum six-month term showed his determination to “take a stand against a baying cyber-mob”.
Mr Grayling was speaking days after TV presenter Chloe Madeley suffered online abuse, which Mr Grayling described as “crude and degrading”.
She has welcomed the proposed laws but said social media should be regulated.
An advertisement in Moscow has caused 500 crashes in 24 hours. And what a nice pair they are
Australia’s third-largest telco, iiNet, has revealed that the fibre-to-the-node (FttN) trial is slower for some of its customers than the figures that NBN Co has reported to the public.
As part of the company’s shift away from fibre to the premises to the so-called multi-technology mix, NBN Co commenced trials of fibre to the node in the New South Wales central coast town of Umina several months ago, and in August reported average speeds of around 98Mbps down for some customers.
The announcement was heralded by Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull as a good indication that the government could deliver the NBN sooner and at less cost to the taxpayer, although the cost of the trial was not disclosed at the time.
Since then, NBN Co has added more active services on the trial in Umina, including eight with iiNet.
She’s carved out a career as one of Hollywood’s most wholesome stars.
But Emma Stone is set to get theatregoers hot under the collar in her sexiest role to date after confirming she’ll make her Broadway debut in Cabaret.
The first picture of the actress in guise as Sally Bowles has been released and is bound to shock the actress’ legion of fans.
They are often the subject of ridicule and laughter among females – the whinging, whining men who are forever complaining about having a cold.
But new research has shown that man flu is not a myth, as a lack of female sex hormones actually leaves males with weaker immune systems.
Scientists from Harvard University believe that a lack of oestrogen makes men more likely to succumb to pneumonia and other respiratory diseases.
Boobs and Mozart come together for a mesmerising performance.
Over on Kickstarter, there’s a project that aims to provide consumers with a way to access the Internet anonymously. Called the Anonabox, this device was created by August Germar and includes two Ethernet ports and one USB port (for power) – and that’s it. The campaign is looking to drum up a mere $7,500, which has been surpassed by 5,224 backers pledging a huge $331,465 so far.
The Anonabox is based on the open source software Tor, which encrypts all data flowing in and out of the user’s computer. This box will hide the user’s location and will also provide better performance than when using the Tor browser on the desktop.