The Road to Digital Serfdom: Vaccine Passports are a Moral, Political, and Technological Abomination

Do you think that governments should force organisations to discriminate against customers based on their innate humanity? No, me either, but that’s what is happening in the West. The EU and multiple countries have announced that vaccine passports will be/are required for citizens to physically go into organisations’ premises, such as bars, pubs, stadiums, trains, … Read more

Should the ASD Help Australian Companies Respond to a Cyber Security Attack?

According to an article, the head of the ASD, Rachel Nobel, is unhappy that she cannot force Australian companies to accept the ASD’s help when responding to cyber security attacks. Her comment was made at an inquiry into the Security Legislation Amendment (Critical Infrastructure) Bill, which would grant the ASD the power to defend critical infrastructure … Read more

A Response to the eSafety Commission’s End-to-End Encryption Position Statement

With Australia’s eSafety Commission — a federal government statutory body — in the news lately, I though I’d tackle a topic that’s been bothering me for many months. In February, 2020, the eSafety Commission released a position statement on end-to-end encryption. As I wrote earlier, the position statement could be renamed to, “Reasons Why the … Read more

Censorship & Misinformation: A Risk to Secure Messaging?

During the last week, Apple, Google, and AWS took steps to ensure that Parler was made inaccessible. Likewise, YouTube temporarily removed TalkRADIO’s channel because the UK radio station questioned “expert” advice on COVID-19. TalkRADIO’s content is already regulated by Ofcom, the UK’s broadcasting regulatory body, raising questions as to why YouTube believes it should censor … Read more

Signal, Cellebrite, and the Sorry State of Tech Journalism

A few days ago, a BBC journalist wrote an article with the headline, “Signal: Firm claims to have cracked chat app’s encryption”. The problem? Both the claim and the article were compete & utter rubbish. “Journalism” Firstly, both the headline and the article were changed without any notice to readers (it’s common practise for readers … Read more

Mass Surveillance by Another Name: Cash Ban Bill Scrapped by Senate

A proposed Bill to ban cash payments of over $10,000 died in Australia’s Senate. However, anyone paying attention to the federal government’s record on safety over freedom should stay tuned… the Bill will eventually return in some form. The Bill highlights the language used by the government to crack down on everyday Australians’ spending their … Read more

The EU Giveth Digital Privacy & the EU Taketh Digital Privacy

In a previous post, I wrote that, “Digital privacy regulations don’t tend to prohibit government mass surveillance, although there is at least one exception. (And the exception isn’t a panacea nor a pathway for other countries such as Australia, NZ, the UK, the US, and Canada.)“ The exception was the European Court of Justice banning the … Read more