Fascinated by how code and design shape the world. I write about the why behind technological news. Director of Technology Design twitter.com/ow In early 2021, the government adopted the next aspect of its digital technology program – the Treasury (Mandatory Negotiation Code for News Media and Digital Platforms) Bill, 2021. “Big Tech created these platforms, they have a responsibility to make sure they are secure.” This was part of the government`s public effort to combat “Big Tech” and chose to do so in a way that gave big news organizations like News Corp and Nine (formerly Fairfax) a financial boost in the arm — the latter signed a $30 million-a-year deal with Google alone. Tech companies are resisting the obligation to introduce features that could introduce a backdoor into their technology. However, politicians and lawyers were quick to point out that they believe the legislation will not weaken security systems. The Australian government began seeking controversial powers to decrypt encrypted communications nearly two years before the unveiling of groundbreaking anti-encryption laws described as “dangerous” by technology leaders, according to recently obtained documents. The Facebook and Google protests helped the laws pass in a slightly watered-down form, but the fundamental idea of paying major media players for advertising revenue lost by Big Tech remains and has helped inform similar laws in Canada that critics say create some form of paracopyright around the news. which could hinder the way they are disseminated.
discussed and criticized. The crackdown adds another element to the ruling Conservative government`s claim that it has taken a big-stick approach to the tech giants, as it faces a scheduled election in May that most polls suggest it will lose. Many experts are concerned about the level of technical incompetence proposed by such a law, fearing that existing vulnerabilities exist in peer-to-peer (P2P) communication. Cybercriminals would seize the opportunity to exploit these vulnerabilities and gain access to the backdoor. In addition, many privacy applications themselves have vulnerabilities and are vulnerable to attack. As mentioned earlier, these tech companies and companies can be fined up to $7.2 million if they fail to respond to government requests. The third power that this bill gives to the Australian government is called the request for technical assistance. This is a voluntary version of the first two powers and, unlike the previous two powers, it is not necessary to apply it by law under threat of a fine. The legislation, which Canberra says is necessary to prevent “terrorists” and other criminals from hiding from the law, has met with fierce opposition from privacy experts and tech industry players, who have warned that the encryption breach could threaten the privacy and security of millions of people around the world. The law, dubbed the Assistance and Access Act of 2018, has been criticized by major companies around the world, including Apple. And various tech companies and representatives of the UN agency continue to argue that the bill will weaken the information security of all Australians, with a scope that would jeopardize the information of businesses, citizens and societies around the world.
It included a series of bills that demonstrate the coalition`s agenda with respect to the impact, use and development of digital technologies in Australia. CANBERRA, Dec 1 (Reuters) – Australia will conduct a full parliamentary inquiry into the behaviour of the world`s biggest tech companies and the need for new legislation, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Wednesday. The Australian government, which is proposing fines of up to $7 million if tech companies do not participate, has argued that the powers they order are necessary to protect its population from acts of terrorism and crime. “You may know that AGD has worked on this issue in the past, even though technology and the environment in general have changed dramatically,” said Jones, then assistant secretary of agD`s National Security and Criminal Justice Group. Australia passed the world`s first laws in 2018 to force tech companies and service providers to create capabilities that allow law enforcement to secretly access messages on platforms such as WhatsApp and Facebook, such as push notifications that download malware to a target`s computer or phone.
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