mark nottingham


Eight #aabill Predictions

Thursday, 6 December 2018

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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Australian Assistance and Access Bill 2018: Amendments

Thursday, 6 December 2018

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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Do you Trust Australia? Part Four

Thursday, 15 November 2018

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

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Do you Trust Australia? Part Three

Sunday, 19 August 2018

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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Do you Trust Australia? Part Two

Thursday, 16 August 2018

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

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Do you Trust Australia?

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

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

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Dissecting Australia's Proposed Data Retention Law

Monday, 19 January 2015

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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A Few Thoughts about PRISM

Friday, 21 June 2013

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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HTTP + Politics = ?

Wednesday, 16 December 2009

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

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Viva Italia!

Thursday, 13 April 2006

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

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Workers of the World, Untie

Sunday, 26 March 2006

A few snippets from the day;

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John Kerry, Spammer

Thursday, 21 July 2005

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

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Notes on Generational Accounting

Tuesday, 10 May 2005

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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Tempest in a Teacup, Counterclockwise*

Sunday, 10 April 2005

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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Partisan Hackery

Saturday, 16 October 2004

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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Corporate Citizenship

Friday, 30 July 2004

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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Understanding Arnie

Tuesday, 27 April 2004

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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Leading from Afar, or Out of Touch?

Monday, 12 April 2004

From the Washington Post:

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Krugman on Bush

Saturday, 14 February 2004

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

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Irony Defined

Monday, 9 February 2004

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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Delusions of Churchill

Sunday, 8 February 2004

George Bush on why he should be re-elected:

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Jeffrey Record

Monday, 12 January 2004

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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Paul O’Neill

Sunday, 11 January 2004

Well, this should liven things up…

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Anna Lindh

Friday, 12 September 2003

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

Saturday, 3 May 2003

From the Montreal Gazette -

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