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Using Signal correctly

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There is a major issue with Signal: Your account is tied to your phone number. This makes these apps really easy to use, since there are no usernames or passwords to deal with. It also makes it easy to discover other app users; if someone is a contact in your phone and has the app […]

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Queensland joins the axis

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Queensland will become the fourth state to upload its repository of driver’s licences to Australia’s controversial facial recognition database. Queensland will join Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania as the next state set to upload its batch of driver’s licences to the national database, according to iTNews. The remaining states and territories are expected to follow […]

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COVIDSafe App

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Australia’s COVIDSafe app has been out for three weeks now but despite the government’s draft legislation stating the data cannot be accessed outside of coronavirus tracing purposes, some of its vague wording is causing legal experts concern over potential misuse. But despite the app seeming mostly fine on a software level, legal and tech experts still have […]

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Foreign Spy Agencies Want Your Texts

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A new amendment has been introduced in parliament looking to allow for the easier sharing of communications data between Australia’s law enforcement and spy agencies and foreign governments. It comes in response to calls that spy agencies are being left behind without timely access to messaging apps with cloud servers in foreign jurisdictions. It would […]

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Australia’s National Digital ID

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The Australian government’s Digital Transformation Agency (DTA) has spent more than A$200 million over the past five years developing a National Digital ID platform. If successful, the project could streamline commerce, resolve bureaucratic quagmires, and improve national security. The emerging results of the project may give the Australian public cause for concern.

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5G risk assessment

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5G is on the way, but there’s no reason to start running around with your pants on your head just yet. While there will be a lot of hoopla about 5G in the CBD area of major cities there is a very large infrastructure network that will have to be put in place. Think at […]

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Video analytics

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We are surrounded by surveillance cameras that record us at every turn. But for the most part, while those cameras are watching us, no one is watching what those cameras observe or record because no one will pay for the armies of security guards that would be required for such a time-consuming and monotonous task. […]

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The Spycraft Revolution

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The world of espionage is facing tremendous technological, political, legal, social, and commercial changes. The biggest disruptive force is technological. Traditional spycraft has always relied on deception based on identity. Spotting, developing, recruiting, running, and servicing intelligence sources involves concealing what you are doing.  Not anymore. A cover identity that would have been almost bulletproof […]

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Tor browser for Android

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After several months of testing, the first stable, public build of a Tor browser for Android is finally available on the Google Play Store. The Tor Project team says it made special considerations for the Android version, since mobile browsing tends to incur even more surveillance than desktop browsing and because users have less control over the mobile browsing […]