Digital Rights News: 13th May 2014

EFA has been fighting for Digital Rights in Australia since 1994.

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Right now, the government is considering punitive measures to stop unauthorised downloads. The Pirate Party are running a petition against such measures. CHOICE have a good overview of these issues on their website.


Some events that may be of interest

Online - Thursday 15th May, 18.30 AEST
EFA Speak Out #5: Introducing Fair Use with Prof Niva Elkin-Koren
Leading user rights expert, Niva Elkin-Koren, joins us to share her experiences since Israel switched to a fair use-based copyright framework in 2007.

Melbourne - Monday 26th May, 6:15 - 7:15pm (Athenaeum Theatre)
The Wheeler Centre: Dirty Secrets
Michael Kirby, Anne Summers, Meredith Burgmann and Gary Foley discuss surveillance in the pre-internet world and their own, newly-released ASIO files

Melbourne - Tuesday 17th June, 11.30am to 1.00pm (Melbourne Convention Centre)
Creating the Web We Want
In partnership with ThoughtWorks Australia, and as part of the Agile Australia conference, this free session is open to all and will discuss how technologists can create mindful products, ensure digital freedom for the future, and ultimately create the web we want. Presenters are Senator Scott Ludlam, Jon Lawrence (EFA Exec. Officer), Tom Sulston and Keith Dodds from ThoughtWorks.

Melbourne - Friday 25th July (Deakin Edge, Federation Square)
The Annual Castan Centre for Human Rights Law Conference
Monash University's Castan Centre for Human Rights Law presents its annual conference. Speakers include EFF's Director for International Freedom of Expression, Jillian C. York, who will speak about 'Internet Spying'.

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News from EFA

Blog posts and other updates from EFA

23rd March: Thanks for the last 20 years Michael
As Michael Malone steps down from his role as CEO of iiNet, EFA pays tribute to his personal role in promoting digital rights in Australia, which included being a co-founder of EFA.

24th April: Brazil - where the action is! Part 1 - Marco Civil
David Cake's report from the NETmundial conference in Sao Paolo

25th April: Brazil - where the action is! Part 2 - NETmundial
Part two of David's report.

8th May: Stop the pirates? Behind Brandis' copyright crusade
Angela Daly examines the motivations behind AG George Brandis' focus on unauthorised downloading.

EFA in the news

News articles that quote or reference EFA.

28th February: ABC Radio Melbourne 774
EFA Executive Officer Jon Lawrence joins Jon Faine, Nick Cater and Daniel Hannan to discuss freedom.

13th April: Newcastle Herald
Police warnings over buying drugs, fake IDs on 'dark net'

14th April: The Conversation
Europe says no to data retention, so why is it an option in Australia?

25th April: SMH
Tim Berners-Lee urges governments to pass laws to guarantee open, free and universal web

News from elsewhere

Articles and updates from other sites we think will interest you

1st April: The Age (Opinion piece by Kenneth Roth)
Privacy: rationales governments use to claim mass snooping is legal

2nd April: itNews
iiNet slams metadata 'fallacy'

8th April: The Guardian
EU court of justice overturns law that would enable 'snoopers' charter'

5th May: Motherboard
In Our Google Searches, Researchers See a Post-Snowden Chilling Effect

6th May: itNews
Cyber crime boss opens up on post-Snowden policing

7th May: The Age
It's wrong to assume we're all being spied on, spy watchdog says

9th May: The Guardian
MPs: Snowden files are 'embarrassing indictment' of British spying oversight

9th May: itNews
US House committee approves bill to end NSA bulk data collection

11th May: The Guardian
Attempts to stay anonymous on the web will only put the NSA on your trail

22nd April: ABC Technology & Games
Game of Thrones: Another case for piracy

2nd May: The Australian
US calls to drop ‘fair use’ copyright clause smacks of self service

5th May: The Age
Is the piracy crackdown doomed to fail?

6th May: ITWire
Abbott and Brandis set to crack down on piracy

6th May: Technology Spectator
Online piracy crackdown won't change a thing

9th May: itNews
Is an opt-out myGov the new Australia Card?

12th May: TechWorld
Privacy commissioner scrutinises mobile apps

6th May: Computerworld
ACCAN rejects repeal of telco privacy rules

8th May: National Journal
House Moves to Stall Obama's Plan to Give Up Internet Authority