Politics

Architecture as policy: EFF panel discussion

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has posted video from a great panel discussion on how platform architecture affects the rights and choices available to users. Cindy Cohen chairs the panel, which begins with a basic overview of Lessig’s ideas about code and policies, and moves through various stories which illustrate how decisions made during system design can affect user privacy and data security after launch. Definitely worth a watch.

Senator Conroy criticises ongoing iiNet defence, breaches separation of powers

Senator Stephen Conroy, Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, has issued a stinging attack on iiNet’s position in Roadshow Films Pty Ltd & Ors v iiNet Ltd. Speaking at the CommsDay summit in Sydney yesterday, Senator Conroy described iiNet’s defence as something which ‘belongs in a Yes Minister episode’ — ironic, given that Conroy is himself the spitting image of Jim Hacker MP (case exemplar: ‘but Tony, publishing the blacklist would defeat the purpose of having a blacklist!’). Conroy opined:  Read more »

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