Giz Explains: The Problems With Data Retention, According To iiNet

iiNet has stuck its objections to mandatory data retention to the man today, telling a Senate Inquiry just how infeasible the concept of mandatory data retention would be, both from security, privacy, technological and financial standpoints.


Russia Wants To Expose Tor For Fun And Profit

Crack your knuckles and get out your chequebooks, hackers! Russia is offering a $US110,000 contract to the first person who can come up with a good way to discover the personal information of otherwise anonymous Tor users. But there’s a catch. The privilege of competing will cost you over $US5500.


Australian Government's Leaked Anti-Piracy Proposal Is Unrealistic

The Australian Government has proposed Internet Service Providers (ISPs) monitor and punish Australians who download and infringe copyright. In a discussion paper circulated by Attorney-General George Brandis, and leaked last Friday, the government proposes a sweeping change to Australian copyright law. If implemented, it would force ISPs to take steps to prevent Australians from infringing copyright. But is it likely to help? Not really.


Do You Search Online Differently Since Snowden?

In the year-plus since Edward Snowden lifted the veil on just how closely the US government (and others) tracks our online lives, a few things have changed. Tech companies are encrypting more; foreign governments are trusting less; and, according to a new study, we’re all searching quite a bit more cautiously.


The Ways Modern Secret Societies Use The Internet To Hide In Plain Sight

Secret societies are as old as humanity, and they sure as hell aren’t going away any time soon. But in an internet age where privacy is harder than ever to come by, secret societies face all kinds of new challenges. And Matt King has seen some of their newest tricks first hand.


Streaming Music Festivals A Win For Fans As iHeartRadio Comes Out To Play

How was your weekend guys? Did you tune into the Splendour In The Grass stream or maybe the live video from Belgium’s big Tomorrowland EDM festival? I listened to both as I pottered around at home, and also got the chance to see Steve-O from Jackass lovingly crash an intimate Lily Allen gig in Sydney. I was there in person for that. Why? Partly because iHeartRadio has now announced the line-up for its upcoming music festival to be live streamed from Vegas. So much streaming goodness! Great time to be a music fan.


AFP Officer Under Investigation After Lily Allen's Instagram Arrest Prank

If there’s one group you don’t want to annoy at a music festival, it’s the police. Unfortunately, nobody told British performer Lily Allen, who landed a few Australian Federal Police officers in hot water over a fake photo of her getting arrested went up on Instagram and Twitter.


The Pirate Bay Is Now Mobile-Optimised, If That's Something You Want

The Pirate Bay, the infamous peer-to-peer file sharing website, has provided only the finest in illegal torrents for more than a decade, but it’s never been known for handsome mobile design. The torrent team has finally come up with a “mobile-friendly” version of its notorious website, in case you’ve ever wanted to torrent on the go.


This Website Makes Building LEGO Mosaics As Easy As Uploading A Photo

LEGO gives you unrestricted artistic and architectural expression. That is what’s so great about those tiny blocks of awesome, but not everyone has the time or patience to create a brick-filled masterpiece. One website hopes to change that.


Your Right To Be Forgotten Beats Google's Right To Remember

Last week, Microsoft’s Bing joined Google in acquiescing to the EU high court’s “right to be forgotten” ruling, which allows European citizens to petition for the removal of search results about themselves that are “inadequate… no longer relevant, or excessive.” The Court of Justice sees it as a victory for privacy protection; Google sees only censorship. The company that aims to catalogue the world’s knowledge thinks it has a right to know it all.