Releasing Covidsafe app usage numbers could risk public safety, government claims | Australia news

The federal government has refused to release information on the number of Australians still using the Covidsafe contact tracing app, on the grounds it could risk public safety and harm commonwealth-state relations. Covidsafe relies on large numbers of the population running the app on their phones when out in the Continue Reading

Former Australian PM Tony Abbott’s passport details and phone number obtained by hacker | Australia news

An Australian hacker obtained Tony Abbott’s passport details and personal phone number using a photo of a plane boarding pass the former prime minister posted on social media. On Wednesday, hacker Alex Hope revealed that he had managed to use a photo Abbott posted on Instagram in March to reveal Continue Reading

Morrison warns Facebook and Google he won’t respond well to any threats over news code | Australia news

Scott Morrison has warned big tech companies against employing “coercion” in their arm wrestle with the Australian government over paying for the use of news content. The Australian prime minister warned he does not respond well to threats on Monday, commenting on an escalating campaign against a proposed media industry Continue Reading

If Facebook carries out its threat, Australian feeds will be awash with even more misinformation | Belinda Barnet | Opinion

Facebook has more impact on public discourse and on what Australians believe than any other source. Almost 90% of adults have an account that we check on average 29 times a week: more frequently than we read a newspaper, listen to the radio, or watch a TV show combined. Over Continue Reading

Facebook’s threat to block Australians from sharing news is a premature overreaction | Allan Fels | Opinion

Within the lively debate – some might even call it a “shouting match” – about the ACCC’s draft news media and digital platforms mandatory bargaining code, the issue at the core of its development is in danger of losing its way. The need for the code is that the digital Continue Reading

Australian MP installed security cameras out of ‘genuine fear’ after posts by conspiracy theorist, court hears | Australia news- Tempemail

Federal MP Anne Webster installed security cameras at her home because she feared being physically attacked in her home town of Mildura after a conspiracy theorist accused her of being “a member of a secretive paedophile network” in a series of vicious social media posts. The Guardian revealed on Saturday Continue Reading

Covidsafe app overhaul compensates for ‘handshakes’ only connecting 27% of the time on some iPhones | Australia news

The makers of the Covidsafe app have had to overhaul the algorithm for determining close contacts to improve the functionality of the app on iPhones, Guardian Australia has learned, as new data suggests it is working only 27% of the time on some Apple mobiles. Since launching in April, the Continue Reading

Google’s open letter to Australians about news code contains ‘misinformation’, ACCC says | Technology

Google has started targeting Australians with pop-up ads that link to an open letter that contains “misinformation”, according to the consumer watchdog, as the tech company campaigns against a proposed code that would force it to share advertising money with media companies. The international tech giant is waging a campaign Continue Reading

Australia needs to face up to the dangers of facial recognition technology | David Paris | Opinion

In the 20 years of the “war on terror” Australia has led from the front in expanding powers for law enforcement and ramping up surveillance at the expense of public rights and freedoms. Among the seemingly endless barrage of national security legislation and surveillance that creeps into every aspect of Continue Reading