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Former ABC staff urge government not to appoint Greg Hywood…

Former ABC staff urge government not to appoint Greg Hywood…

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In a not-so-thinly-veiled swipe at former Fairfax CEO Greg Hywood, former ABC staff have urged Prime Minister Scott Morrison not to appoint a chairperson “who has displayed bias against the national broadcaster”.Hywood – who by some is considered a front-runner to replace Justin Milne at the helm of the corporation – was among the commercial media’s leaders who have been critical of the ABC’s digital approach. Hywood departed Fairfax after it sold to Nine  Hywood has previously lashed out at the ABC for “undermining” commercial media companies by “aggressively” competing with them for audience, and for giving money to Google for SEO marketing.ADVERTISEMENT “Current media regulations designed for a legacy market prevent local media effectively competing for scale with international play
The Federal Government Offers a Case Study in Bad Email Tra…

The Federal Government Offers a Case Study in Bad Email Tra…

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The US government sends a lot of emails. Like any large, modern organization, it wants to “optimize” for “user engagement” using “analytics” and “big data.” In practice, that means tracking the people it communicates with — secretly, thoroughly, and often, insecurely. Granicus is a third-party contractor that builds communication tools to help governments engage constituents online. The company offers services for social media, websites, and email, and it boasts of serving over 4,000 federal, state, and local agencies, from the city of Oakland to the US Veterans Administration to HealthCare.gov. In 2016, the company merged with GovDelivery, another government-services provider. It appears that parts of the federal government have been working with GovDelivery, now Granicus, since at
Road to the government shutdown: How it happened

Road to the government shutdown: How it happened

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Budget director Mick MulvaneyBudget director Mick Mulvaney(Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)The White House budget director and incoming chief of staff Mick Mulvaney technically shuts down the government.He's technically in charge of formally shutting down the quarter of the government that will lack funding starting at midnight tonight. Mulvaney spent several hours on the Hill today, shuttling between the House and the Senate with Mike Pence and Jared Kushner. It's notable that he went, and John Kelly, still the chief of staff, stayed behind. Mulvaney has done this before: He was the one who formally shut down the government in January 2018. "In fact, I found out for the first time last night that the person who technically shuts the government down is me, which is kind of cool," he s
Google attacks Australian government for “rushing” site blo…

Google attacks Australian government for “rushing” site blo…

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Google has publicly slammed the Australian federal government over its plans to expand website blocking laws to fight online piracy as “rushed” and pointless. In a submission [pdf] to a senate committee examining the proposed laws - which were put forward in mid-October and have Labor’s support - Google’s US headquarters blasted the proposal as a claim without evidentiary basis of need. “Google is concerned the bill is being rushed forward despite no substantive evidence that the current legislation is deficient,” Google LLC’s public policy and government relations manager Derek Slater said. “Google is also concerned that there has not been a thorough, comprehensive and independent review of the extent of the alleged problems that the bill is seeking to address

Film executives slam Google as they hail new government cra…

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The Australian government are set to begin a crackdown on online piracy.In a new proposed law being put forward in Parliament today, search engines such as Google will no longer be able to promote illegal downloading sites.The tough law has been praised by Australian film industry executives, who label Google as 'evil as Big Tobacco'. In a new proposed law being put forward in Parliament today, search engines such as Google will no longer be able to promote illegal downloading sites, with film industry executives slamming the search engine 'as evil as Big Tobacco'Chief executive of Village Roadshow Graham Burke praised the proposal while slamming Google, saying the search engine giant are 'facilitating and enabling crime'.'We see good Google and bad Goog...
Mitch Fifield flags further government regulation of the in…

Mitch Fifield flags further government regulation of the in…

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The minister said his response would be guided by the need to ensure responsibility, respect and trust proliferated in the online world."Australians should be able to control their online footprints and their personal data. They should be able to have a degree of trust and confidence in online news sources," Mr Fifield said."But when these things don't happen, we will look at the range of options available to support them [Australians]."There is global recognition that the internet cannot be that other place where community standards and the rule of law do not apply.Communications Minister Mitch FifieldMr Fifield also flagged concerns about the dominance of particular market players and publishers such as Google and Facebook, stating: "There are few examples in history where the dominan...
More Government Websites Encrypt as Google Chrome Warns Use…

More Government Websites Encrypt as Google Chrome Warns Use…

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Google Chrome, the most widely used Internet browser, has officially started warning users that unencrypted Web pages are “not secure.” Among those “not secure,” as of Aug. 9: The front pages of the official government websites for 14 states and four of the nation’s 10 most populous cities. Encryption — most easily represented with an “HTTPS” rather than “HTTP” in front of a site’s Web address — is the practice of encoding data traveling between a website and its visitor so that any third parties who are a
Google search exposes sensitive government files leaked onl…

Google search exposes sensitive government files leaked onl…

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Hundreds of sensitive Cabinet Office and Home Office documents have been accidentally leaked online, prompting MPs to demand an inquiry into the “egregious errors”. An investigation by The Sunday Telegraph has revealed internal Whitehall files on how to obtain security passes to government buildings and details of communications with MI5 and counter-terrorism officials have been accessible on Google for up to four years. MPs last night accused the Government of “gross ineptitude” and demanded an immediate inquiry into the “shambolic” trove of leaks.  Cyber security experts said the leaks were a “clear failure of common, basic security” and contained exactly what criminals look for when trying... Zoomd Trends
Facebook Memories Page, Government Blocking WhatsApp Calls,…

Facebook Memories Page, Government Blocking WhatsApp Calls,…

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In today’s internet daily, we bring you the latest from Instagram, Facebook, WhatsApp, Reddit, and Google. Scroll down and get yourself updated on the current tech affairs in a single read. Instagram announces Special Event on June 20th, Could Reveal Long-form Video Hub We had heard reports about Instagram, joining others such as Snapchat and YouTube, launching a new Long-form video hub for its users. Now, the company has sent out invites for a Special Event on the date June 20th. With the new Long-form Video hub, Instagram will allow content creators to upload 4K content that are longer than 60 seconds. It would host all these videos in a separate hub either within the Instagram app or it could launch another separate app. The videos would feature some sort of monetization so the cr
Iran Tightens Internet Censorship by Requiring Government A…

Iran Tightens Internet Censorship by Requiring Government A…

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After banning the widely used Telegram messaging app, the Iranian government is once again deepening its censorship and suppression of internet use in the country by forcing government agencies to use domestic, state-approved online search engines. The Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) has learned that these search engines, which were produced with state funding or state approval, provide censored and/or false information, and in some cases spread malware. The internet and social media apps are heavily restricted and censored in Iran. Some 44 percent of the country’s 80-plus million people had access to the internet in 2016, according to the UN’s International Telecommunication Union (ITU). As a result, Iranian state policies and technical initiatives have increasingly foc