US attacks Australia’s ‘extraordinary’ plan to make Google and Facebook pay for news | Media

The United States has urged the Australian government to ditch draft media laws that would force tech giants Google and Facebook to pay news organisations for sharing their content. The US, in a submission to an Australian parliamentary inquiry, has said that the proposed legislation is unreasonable, impractical, “fundamentally imbalanced” 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

Australia’s acting PM says Capitol attack ‘unfortunate’ and condemns Twitter ‘censorship’ of Trump | Australian foreign policy- Tempemail

Australia’s acting prime minister, Michael McCormack, has described Donald Trump’s refusal to concede defeat in the presidential election, his inflammatory tweets and the deadly storming of the US Capitol building by rioters as “unfortunate”. McCormack, who is standing in while Scott Morrison is on leave this week, also indicated on Continue Reading

Dark web crime: how Australia’s powerful new warrants would work | Australian security and counter-terrorism

For months, the home affairs minister, Peter Dutton, has been calling for new powers to police the dark web. In August, the government’s cybersecurity strategy promised legislative powers and technical capabilities to “deter, disrupt and defeat the criminal exploitation of anonymising technology”. The bill was aimed at paedophiles seeking to Continue Reading

Early warning: human detectors, drones and the race to control Australia’s extreme blazes | Australia news

Perched in his fire tower high above the pine trees, Nick Dutton leans back and nods to the cascading hills and mountains behind him. “I love being out here, just away from stuff,” he says. “I mean, you can’t really complain.” Dutton, a fire tower operator, is sitting in his Continue Reading

Backers of Australia’s mandatory news code welcome French ruling on Google | Media

Australia’s competition tsar has welcomed a landmark legal decision by French courts to order Google to negotiate payments with publishers. The global development in holding the tech giants to account comes as the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission puts the finishing touches to a mandatory news code that will be Continue Reading

How Victoria’s Covid lockdown protests are galvanising Australia’s right | Victoria- Tempemail

When police in Victoria arrested a 28-year-old pregnant woman named Zoe Buhler at her home near Ballarat over a post on social media two weeks ago, John Roskam’s phone wouldn’t stop buzzing. “I must have had something like 100 texts and emails that night saying ‘have you seen this?’” Roskam Continue Reading

Google and Apple app stores investigated by Australia’s competition watchdog | Australian media

Australia’s competition watchdog has launched an inquiry into how Google and Apple run their app stores for Android and iOS devices. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, in its latest action targeting digital platforms, on Tuesday announced it would be examining the app stores with a focus on how data Continue Reading

Australia’s conspiracy theorists are increasingly energised, but police crackdowns may be counterproductive | Elliott Brennan | US news

Saturday, 5 September was supposed to be the day Australian history was irreconcilably changed. It was to be “Freedom Day”, the day when “real” Aussies took back control of the streets, their airways and their collective destiny. Rather than changing it, the protests amounted to what might constitute a footnote Continue Reading

Hackers cause Telstra outages in Australia’s eastern states with ‘malicious’ cyber attack | Technology

Hackers have carried out a “malicious” cyber attack on Telstra, creating connectivity issues for some home internet users. Telstra reported the denial of service attack on its servers on Sunday which led to widespread internet outages in Australia’s eastern states. A denial of service attack floods a network with traffic Continue Reading