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Controversial Cybercrime Bill Introduced In Australia 103

Posted by samzenpus
from the good-enough-for-me-and-you dept.
An anonymous reader writes "The Australian government instructed a committee to investigate required changes to cybercrime legislation. Having received the report, the government decide to ignore it and give the federal police almost everything it wants on a plate. From the article: 'The Australian Greens have questioned the decision of the Government and Opposition to pass the Cybercrime Bill unchanged through the House of Representatives despite recommendations by their own members of parliament to fix serious flaws. Greens communications spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said the Cyber Safety Committee had tabled a highly critical unanimous report on the bill, proposing a series of amendments and requests for clarification which were not addressed in the House.'"
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Controversial Cybercrime Bill Introduced In Australia

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  • by ShakaUVM (157947) on Thursday August 25, 2011 @04:01AM (#37202602) Homepage Journal

    >>Because they "dare" question financial axioms like "greed is good" and infinite growth?

    More because they've caused as many environmental problems as they've solved. Australia has around a quarter of all the uranium deposits in the world, but has no nuclear power plants. Opposition is greatest from Greens (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuclear_power_in_Australia#Opinion_polls), and this in a country where only 7% of energy production comes from green sources.

    Fighting for the status quo is a horrible idea when the status quo sucks.

  • by FriendlyLurker (50431) on Thursday August 25, 2011 @04:08AM (#37202626)

    Australia also recently greatly expanded its Surveillance State [crikey.com.au]. In combination with this new "cyberCrime" bill the game is set - This is the states power grab to control information on the internet [salon.com].

    Quote from that last link "A prime aim of the growing Surveillance State":

    The emergence of entities like WikiLeaks (which single-handedly jeopardizes pervasive government and corporate secrecy) and Anonymous (which has repeatedly targeted entities that seek to impede the free flow of communication and information) underscores the way in which this conflict is a genuine "war." The U.S. Government's efforts to destroy WikiLeaks and harass its supporters have been well-documented. Meanwhile, the U.S. seeks to expand its own power to launch devastating cyber attacks: there is ample evidence suggesting its involvement in the Stuxnet attacks on Iran, as well as reason to believe that some government agency was responsible for the sophisticated cyber-attack that knocked WikiLeaks off U.S. servers (attacks the U.S. Government tellingly never condemned, let alone investigated). Yet simultaneously, the DOJ and other Western law enforcement agencies have pursued Anonymous with extreme vigor. That is the definition of a war over Internet control: the government wants the unilateral power to cyber-attack and shut down those who pose a threat ot it, while destroying those who resists those efforts.

  • "Cybercrimes" (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday August 25, 2011 @04:26AM (#37202720)

    "Cybercrimes"? Is it a bill against software patents?

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