Facebook urges focus on Australian media concentration rather than ‘well-trodden ground’ of big tech | Australian media- Tempemail

Facebook has urged Australian senators to investigate concerns about the concentration of the country’s media ownership, rather than wasting time “re-examining well-trodden ground” regarding the impact of tech giants. The former prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, also argued on Monday that News Corp Australia posed a greater threat to the nation’s Continue Reading

‘Inevitable’ Google and Facebook will pay for Australian news, treasurer says | Google

Josh Frydenberg has warned the internet giants it is “inevitable” they will pay for news content and their threats to shut down core functions in Australia do them a “big disservice”. At a doorstop on Sunday, the treasurer said the Morrison’s government intended to become a “world leader” in regulating Continue Reading

‘Too many crimes’: police say arrests may follow Queensland darknet raids | Australian federal police

Arrests are being considered after police raids in Brisbane and the Gold Coast following a tip from German police who busted the world’s largest illegal online marketplace. Almost half a million users were using the website DarkMarket to sell drugs, counterfeit cash, stolen credit card data, anonymous sim cards and Continue Reading

‘Law unto themselves’: the Australian battle to curb Facebook and Twitter’s power | Australia news

Nationals MP Anne Webster and Labor MP Sharon Claydon are less concerned with why Donald Trump was taken off social media, and more concerned with what platforms such as Facebook are doing to stop online defamation and abuse. Webster and Claydon are the co-chairs of the Parliamentary Friends of Making Continue Reading

Google refuses to answer questions about removing Australian news sites from search results | Australian media

Google has refused to answer questions on its secret trial of removing news sites from search results in Australia, with the treasurer, Josh Frydenberg, saying the company should focus on paying for news, not blocking it. Google blindsided news consumers and media outlets this week with a trial that removed Continue Reading

One third of Australian users have not updated Covidsafe app | Technology

Nearly one third of the seven million Australians who downloaded the Covidsafe app have not updated to the most recent version, as new figures show the government spend on the contact tracing app has risen to $14m. The Covidsafe contact tracing app relies on as many people as possible running Continue Reading

Google’s ‘experiment’ hiding Australian news just shows its inordinate power | Google

In the midst of a global pandemic and an unprecedented misinformation glut, Google has decided to hide some Australian news sites from its search results. It is “experimenting” with the lone supply of fact-checked, accountable information Australians can access right now. Australians have been seeing current news disappearing in recent Continue Reading

Australia’s competition regulator flags legal cases against tech companies over ads | Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC)

Competition regulator Rod Sims has foreshadowed possible further legal cases against tech groups as a result of inquiries into mobile phone app stores and how ads are sold online. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, which Sims chairs, has been investigating so-called “ad tech”, where search engine Google is a Continue Reading

Australian man arrested in Germany over ‘world’s largest’ darknet marketplace | Darknet

A German-led police sting has taken down the “world’s largest” darknet marketplace, whose Australian alleged operator used it to facilitate the sale of drugs, stolen credit card data and malware, prosecutors said Tuesday. At the time of its closure, DarkMarket had nearly 500,000 users and more than 2,400 vendors worldwide, Continue Reading

In the wake of the US Capitol attack, Australian politics is consumed by a reactionary free speech debate | US Capitol breach

For many Australians, the US Capitol riot was experienced in almost real time. On Twitter, they could see harrowing videos of a lone policeman facing down a mob. Photos of a noose installed by the crowd on Washington DC’s Tempemail Mall were only a scroll away on Facebook. In the Continue Reading