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A national identity system

A national identity system is something I've been thinking about a lot lately. No real answers here, just musings...

The Problem

There are many departments at all levels of Government that need to track people for various reasons, but each implements its own system and no system is universal;

The …

A morbidly fascinating look at Australian causes of death

Recently a discussion came up on the ITPA discourse, where the Australian Federal Government is trying to get backdoor1 access to the content of encrypted messaging apps.

This included a great quote2 from our esteemed leader Malcolm Turnbull:

"The laws of mathematics are very commendable but the only …

Submission to the Attorney-general's Department - Access to telecommunications data in civil proceedings

On the 21st of December 2016, the Attorney-general's Department requested submissions regarding the use of telecommunications data held by a service provider solely for the purpose of complying with the mandatory data retention regime in civil litigation. The original closure date for submission was the 13th of January but it's …

Tracking a spam campagn

At work yesterday we got a couple of phishing email claiming to be traffic infringements, nothing too remarkable about that. But interestingly this time the links in the emails to Bitly, a url shortener service that redirects traffic instead of going directly to some hacked site hosting malware.

With Bitly …

My confusing feelings about net neutrality

Being an EFA member it probably wouldn't surprise anyone that my views are heavily in favor of net neutrality.

EFA recently published an article Why Digital India took on Facebook and won and it got me thinking about some of the practices of Australian ISPs. Some I think are reasonable …

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