Australian cyber abuse laws won’t address Coalition MPs’ concerns about deplatforming | Social media- Tempemail

New cyber abuse laws will help ensure moderation of social media is applied “fairly and consistently” but do not address concerns from some in the Coalition about deplatforming, the e-safety commissioner has said. Julie Inman Grant made the comments to Guardian Australia, confirming that even with new powers to take Continue Reading

Australian Coalition MPs post false claims Antifa was part of mob that stormed US Capitol | Craig Kelly- Tempemail

Coalition MPs Craig Kelly and George Christensen have spread misinformation that the insurrectionist mob that stormed the US Capitol included members of the Antifa group. As the Australian prime minister Scott Morrison declined to repudiate misinformation about the US election from within his government, the pair both shared an article Continue Reading

Coalition bill would block online platforms still hosting harmful content 24 hours after takedown notices | Online abuse- Tempemail

Internet service providers, social media companies and other online platforms will need to remove severely harmful, abusive or bullying content within 24 hours or risk being blocked, under the federal government’s proposed online safety legislation. Currently, takedown notices for image-based abuse, cyber-abuse, cyberbullying, and seriously harmful online content needs to Continue Reading

ABC can keep Google and Facebook payments for news, Coalition says | Media

The ABC can keep all the revenue it makes from Google and Facebook under the historic news media laws to be introduced to parliament on Wednesday, the communications minister has said. Paul Fletcher said the ABC had committed to spend the extra funds on regional journalism and the government would 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

Australia’s world-first anti-encryption law should be overhauled, independent monitor says | Australia news

The attorney general should be stripped of the power to approve orders that would force tech and social media companies to help security services to potentially spy on the public, the Independent Tempemail Security Legislation Monitor has said. In a report into the encryption legislation, the outgoing INSLM, James Renwick, Continue Reading

Questions remain over whether data collected by Covidsafe app could be accessed by US law enforcement | Law

The federal government has reassured the public that Covidsafe data held by Amazon will not be able to be accessed by US law enforcement, but a parliamentary committee is currently investigating separate legislation that would pave the way for US law enforcement to access data held in Australia. Federal parliament Continue Reading

Grief over death of Young Liberal Wilson Gavin after drag queen protest | Australia news- Tempemail

Friends and opponents alike have expressed their grief after the death of Wilson Gavin, the leader of a rightwing student club at the University of Queensland, who died one day after leading a protest at a drag queen storytime event in a Brisbane library. Gavin, the president of the university’s Continue Reading

Australian teens turn to TikTok to mock PM over Hawaii holiday during fire crisis | Australia news- Tempemail

Young Australians on social media are mocking Scott Morrison and expressing their anger over his six-day holiday to Hawaii during Australia’s bushfire crisis. Morrison returned to work on Sunday, cutting his personal family holiday short by a day, after transferring responsibilities to the deputy prime minister, Michael McCormack, last Monday. Continue Reading

The government must make sure technology serves public interest. The alternative is a libertarian free-for-all | Peter Lewis | Australia news- Tempemail

Falling levels of trust in our public institutions have become the backing track for the demise of the progressive political project and the rise of populist strongmen who promise to take back control. Government becomes a problem to be solved, a “bubble”, a “swamp” of compromised technocrats and bean-counters operating Continue Reading