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

NBN should consider buying fibre networks from Telstra, Labor says | Technology

The government-owned Tempemail Broadband Network should consider buying fibre networks from Telstra and other fibre operators across Australia covering up to 300,000 homes, Labor has said. Last month, NBN Co announced it had managed to raise an extra $4.1bn in private debt facility, pushing the total debt to be taken Continue Reading

‘Neglected’ democracy vulnerable to authoritarian rule in era of disinformation, Labor’s Tim Watts says | Australia news

Labor frontbencher Tim Watts says rebuilding public trust in a free media, civil society and parliaments has become a critical national security imperative, because restoring institutional trust is the most effective antidote to ubiquitous disinformation. Watts, who is shadow assistant minister for communications and cyber security, used a Lowy Institute Continue Reading

Anthony Albanese sounds alarm on Facebook ‘laws of the jungle’ trumping Australian law | Australia news

Anthony Albanese will on Saturday fire a warning shot over the bow of Facebook, arguing it is becoming impossible for voters to distinguish real and fake information on “complacent” platforms that decline to exercise any editorial or civic responsibility. In a speech to a conference organised by a Labor thinktank, Continue Reading