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Thursday, 6 December 2018

Eight #aabill Predictions

As I write this, the Australian Senate is in the final stages of passing the Assistance and Access Bill 2018 (with some but not all amendments).

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Thursday, 6 December 2018

Australian Assistance and Access Bill 2018: Amendments

In a great hurry, Australia’s house of representatives today passed the controversial Assistance and Access Bill 2018. However, there were some last-minute amendments slipped in. Currently, it’s being debated in the Senate.

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Thursday, 15 November 2018

Do you Trust Australia? Part Four

On 20 August, I went to Canberra to participate in an Internet Society experts' panel on encryption.

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Sunday, 19 August 2018

Do you Trust Australia? Part Three

Not that long ago, the US government attempted to compel Microsoft to reveal a customer's data that was located in Ireland.

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Thursday, 16 August 2018

Do you Trust Australia? Part Two

After a couple of sleeps, I think my concerns about the proposed Assistance and Access Bill 2018 have crystallised.

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Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Do you Trust Australia?

This morning, the Australian Department of Home Affairs released the Assistance and Access Bill 2018 for consultation.

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Monday, 19 January 2015

Dissecting Australia's Proposed Data Retention Law

Much has been written about the societal impact of Australia’s proposed data retention laws (see some examples here and here) which I won’t repeat. However, they are quite interesting — and worrisome — from a more technical perspective.

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Friday, 21 June 2013

A Few Thoughts about PRISM

The NSA PRISM story broke while I was on the road; last week I was in Tokyo for W3C meetings, moving to San Francisco for a HTTP meeting and Velocity.

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Wednesday, 16 December 2009

HTTP + Politics = ?

Australia has apparently decided, through its elected leaders, to filter its own Internet connection.

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Thursday, 13 April 2006

Viva Italia!

According to ABC Online (that’s Australian Broadcasting Corporation to the Americans out there):

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Sunday, 26 March 2006

Workers of the World, Untie

A few snippets from the day;

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Thursday, 21 July 2005

John Kerry, Spammer

Both my wife and I signed up to’s mailing list during the last federal election cycle.

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Tuesday, 10 May 2005

Notes on Generational Accounting

Social Security represents a pact between generations—a financial and social commitment among people of all ages. — US Social Security Administration

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Sunday, 10 April 2005

Tempest in a Teacup, Counterclockwise*

Those who have been preoccupied by Two Funerals and a Wedding may have missed news of a developing diplomatic crisis in Australia.

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Friday, 5 November 2004


For some reason, people are considering a change, such as this one. Might I make another suggestion [pdf].

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Saturday, 16 October 2004

Partisan Hackery

I’m not the first to blog this by any means, but it’s notable enough to interrupt our regular… err… broadcast. Stop what you’re doing and see John Stewart take on Crossfire. A taste;

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Friday, 30 July 2004

Corporate Citizenship

Apple is making an executive summary of the 9/11 commission report and the major speeches from the Democratic National Convention available for free on the iTunes Music Store. They deserve a lot of praise for this, and I hope they continue this practice.

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Tuesday, 27 April 2004

Understanding Arnie

I think I’m starting to sympathise with Our Great Governor in California; the state senate has passed a bill banning the production or sale of foie gras.

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Monday, 12 April 2004

Leading from Afar, or Out of Touch?

From the Washington Post:

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Saturday, 14 February 2004

Krugman on Bush

Paul Krugman points out continuing efforts to shore up George Bush, the Myth;

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Monday, 9 February 2004

Irony Defined

In the same week that Melbourne is yet again called the most liveable city in the world (a regular occurrence), John Howard, the Prime Minister of Australia, has negotiated a free-trade agreement that allows US businesses to invest as if it were just another state in the union.

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Sunday, 8 February 2004

Delusions of Churchill

George Bush on why he should be re-elected:

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Monday, 12 January 2004

Jeffrey Record

From the Washington Post: The Army War College has published a paper questioning the scope and approach to the war on terror.

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Sunday, 11 January 2004

Paul O’Neill

Well, this should liven things up…

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Friday, 12 September 2003

Anna Lindh

I was in Stockholm earlier this summer as a stopover on the way home from Helsinki. One morning, Jorgen and I were walking along Strömkajen, waiting for a ferry, when a well-dressed man walked by, just a few feet away. This wasn’t unusual, but the larger man in sunglasses with a discrete earphone behind him at a discrete distance was. This was the only sign that he wasn’t an ordinary person; a single bodyguard.

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Saturday, 3 May 2003

Yet more proof of things being seriously wrong in the US these days...

From the Montreal Gazette -

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