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Loonie Legislators and that Wacky Webernet Thingo

John Willoughby's Avatar Picture John Willoughby – January 01, 2008 03:13AM Reply Quote
The topic that just keeps on giving.

John Willoughby – August 14, 2018 11:48AM Reply Quote
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Australian government is as clueless about technology as everybody else's. Why do we let 70-year-old men set our technology goals?

ARL (Moderator) – August 14, 2018 06:52PM Reply Quote
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John Willoughby
Australian government is as clueless about technology as everybody else's. Why do we let 70-year-old men set our technology goals?

In many ways, we're industry leaders...


John Willoughby – September 25, 2018 10:15AM Reply Quote
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"Government orders all home builders to add an extra door to every house built, with keys to be provided to government and anybody else that any government official thinks might want one."

John Willoughby – November 13, 2018 04:44PM Reply Quote
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Poor AT&T!

I learned an interesting new word from the comments: "Backpfeifengesicht," which Google translate renders as "A face in need of a fist."

El Jeffe – November 14, 2018 04:48AM Reply Quote
What a journey.
we USAmericans don't have the right to privacy.
Right?
Why not?

John Willoughby – November 14, 2018 10:53AM Reply Quote
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Because it is more profitable for business if citizens can't withhold details of their lives and habits from them, and business steers legislation.

tliet – December 07, 2018 01:21AM Reply Quote

John Willoughby – December 07, 2018 10:44AM Reply Quote
Cyberdyne Systems Customer Support
Either Apple releases iPhones hacked for Australian access, at least for the Australian market, or Apple leaves the market.

Best case now is that criminals take advantage of the backdoor in time for Australia to serve as an object lesson for other governments demanding similar access.

El Jeffe – December 07, 2018 12:25PM Reply Quote
What a journey.
can they trans-crypt? swap encryption mid-stream for Aus?

ARL (Moderator) – December 07, 2018 08:38PM Reply Quote
Yup, with a stroke of a pen, Australian politicians single-handedly blew up the internet...

I hope all the major technology companies boycott Australia until these laws are struck down.

And the saddest thing is, it's not really going to make much difference thwarting terrorism. Most recent instances in Australia have been "lone wolves" and if there is a more sophisticated plot, they'll use overseas-based rogue software (the only way the Aus govt can ensure compliance is to threaten fines on the established software companies).

It's purely a political stunt by a dying government to make the opposition seem "weak on terror" with an over-eager intelligence community that doesn't know when to say no to too much surveillance...

So, so angry right now...



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ARL (Moderator) – December 07, 2018 08:51PM Reply Quote
DPBD!

As for our rather modest IT industry, well we can always sell coal to China right?

El Jeffe – December 07, 2018 09:12PM Reply Quote
What a journey.
did you make an allusion to this, Tony?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coals_to_Newcastle

ARL (Moderator) – December 08, 2018 01:01AM Reply Quote
Oh, and this encryption legislation gets better.

The only govt agency they're recommending to NOT have access to these new powers, are the anti-corruption agencies that investigate public servants and politicians...

https://twitter.com/beneltham/status/1070276535007948800

ARL (Moderator) – December 08, 2018 01:04AM Reply Quote
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El Jeffe
did you make an allusion to this, Tony?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coals_to_Newcastle

Not intentionally, but I like the sentiment...

(Australia's most well known export industry is mining, mainly iron & coal. We're colloquially known as "China's quarry")

ARL (Moderator) – December 08, 2018 01:16AM Reply Quote


tliet – December 10, 2018 12:51PM Reply Quote
The only option I see now is for tech companies to literally pull out of the Australian market. Hard.

As in, location detection to prevent any app depending on end-to-end encryption from working. Stop selling devices supporting end-to-end encryption (basically, computers and all that).

John Willoughby – December 10, 2018 01:30PM Reply Quote
Cyberdyne Systems Customer Support
I wonder if they can sell devices with the required security holes and then provide an API for third-parties, or knowledgeable customers, to create "plugs" for the holes. (Setting up your own public/private key pair in Messages, etc.) I don't think that Apple has the balls to do something like this, or to walk away from the Australian market. But they'd better get some system in place, because this is going to go global quickly.

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