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Australia's Government Is Copping Flack For Its 'Digital Identity' Plans

“Digital Identity is having the ability for the government to trust that you are who you say you are,” is the explanation the Federal Government’s Digital Transformation Office (DTO) gives for the establishment of a singular digital profile that will allow you to access various government services.

But trust has to go both ways, and the Australian Privacy Foundation (APF) has expressed “serious concern” about federated identity, stating the process has been “seriously deficient” and conducted “in a context of increasing distrust of government” (Census, anyone?).


NBN Says Its Rollout Is 'On Track'

The National Broadband Network released its 2016 yearly results today, showing the rollout “continues to exceed its connection and financial targets”. A spokesperson for Senator Mitch Fifield, Minister for Communications says this is “the latest evidence of the benefits of the Coalition’s faster, more affordable NBN rollout”.


The Australian Census Website Is Down, Again

Around 48 hours after the Census website was pulled after alleged repeated DDoS attacks, and hundreds of thousands of Aussies actually trying to complete the Census, the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ Census website came back to life this afternoon. But, in a move that isn’t entirely surprising, the site continues to have issues. It’s up, it’s down, it’s up again…


Tonight Is Census Night, Or Next Month If You're Busy

Can’t make it onto the Census website tonight? The ABS says its server infrastructure is pretty sturdy, but as with all things running electricity through silicon there are no guarantees. If you don’t complete your Census form tonight — for whatever reason — you won’t automatically be fined the government’s default $180 per day penalty. The actual deadline is around six weeks away.


Australian Lawyers And Scholars Encourage Civil Disobedience In This Year's Census

The 2016 Australian Census will not be anonymous, and a lot of people aren’t happy about that. A group of Australian privacy advocates, including a professor of computer science and a former NSW deputy privacy commissioner, are raising concerns, and some are encouraging Australians to avoid the Census, refuse to fill it out, or to use civil disobedience — like listing their religion as “Jedi Knight” — to skew the accuracy of results.


The 2016 Census Will Keep Your Name And Address

Opinion: In case you haven’t heard, this year’s Census will not be anonymous. When you fill out the 2016 Australian Census questionnaire — if you don’t somehow avoid it or refuse to take part — your name and address will be linked for the first time to other, previously anonymised data like your status of employment, education and personal health. The Census on the night of August 9th will be conducted almost entirely online, too — so get used to your personal data being transferred around the ‘net.


Australia Now Has a Cyber Minister

Along with a new minister for innovation, industry and science, the newly re-elected Turnbull government has possibly the most high-tech appointment ever to the cabinet. Current Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan will take on the role of Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Cyber Security, in a move recommended by a long-overdue overhaul of government’s online security strategy.


US Feds Call Warn Against Whole Body Cryotherapy

A growing number of businesses are offering whole body cryotherapy, telling customers it can treat everything from asthma and Alzheimer’s right through to insomnia and arthritis. The US Food and Drug Administration is finally speaking out on the practice, saying there’s no evidence to back the many purported benefits — and that it’s actually quite dangerous.


Your Wireless Footprint Can Help Catch Thieves

With billions of wireless devices shipped across the globe every year, it is safe to assume that most of us carry at least one wireless gadget with us much of the time.


The US Senate Will Finally Stop Using Blackberrys

Blackberry’s most loyal customer has always been the US government. But it looks like things are changing, for the Senate at least. According to a memo, the US Senate is ending its years-long relationship with Blackberry.


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