It’s just not cricket: setting the tone on cyber abuse

In an exciting move forward, digital rights organisation Electronic Frontiers Australia has elected it’s first ever female leadership. Lyndsey Jackson and long time EFA member Katherine Phelps take their positions as chair and vice-chair respectively as the organisation moves forward to address the challenges that affect Australians online. Having recently joined the EFA Policy Team, […]

ACLU To Court: It’s Legal To Tell Bob To Eat Shit

So we fully expected the ongoing to lawsuit filed by coal boss Bob Murray against comedian John Oliver to lead to some truly captivating moments (it already has!), but the West Virginia chapter of the ACLU has leapt into the case with wild abandon and made sure that people were paying attention. If you somehow […]

Inquiry into freedom of speech really isn’t

EFA is disappointed that the Attorney-General has ignored the major threats to freedom of expression in Australia in framing the terms of reference for the parliamentary inquiry he announced today. The extremely narrow terms of reference for this inquiry mean that it is not ‘an inquiry into freedom of speech’ as the Attorney’s media release […]

Update in ZGeek defamation lawsuit

The plaintiff has re-filed in the NSW Supreme Court, once again alleging damages of around $43M in lost film revenues for alleged defamatory statements made by participants on the ZGeek discussion forum. It now appears that the plaintiff has additionally filed a trade mark application over the name ZGeek and threatened the forum operators with […]

ZGeek defamation lawsuit struck out

[ Edit: it appears that the Court struck out a preliminary motion to close down the site and rejected the original claim. The Plaintiffs seem to have indicated that they will re-file the claim. ] The good news is that yesterday, the Supreme Court struck out the ($42M) defamation suit against the operator of ZGeek. […]