The Government's data retention scheme looks set to pass the Senate this week with Labor's support. This scheme is rushed, costly, ineffective, and against the public interest. Also, absurdly, the flawed legislation leaves open numerous loopholes, which can be used … Continue reading

The government is pressing ahead with its plans to rush the data retention legislation through the Parliament, with a vote due in the House of Representatives this week. This is despite them having not yet published their amendments resulting from … Continue reading

This article, by Luke Heemsbergen was originally published at The Interdisciplinary Internet Institute. It has been edited slightly to better address a domestic audience. See the original article. Data retention may well be a valuable resource to fight serious crime and terrorism, but it’s … Continue reading

By Alex Schlotzer, EFA Board Member Less than two weeks after its Australian release, CitizenFour today received the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. The film had previously won the British equivalent (BAFTA) as well as a long list of … Continue reading

At the end of January, the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (PJCIS) held two days of hearings into the government's data retention legislation (transcripts here and here). These hearings were at times a testy affair, with a number … Continue reading