Tech Check – 2022 Summer Relaunch
Welcome to what comes next!
After the summer of freedom that came at a heavy cost, we are back to promote the cause of well-designed regulation of network technology.
Catching our eye over the summer:
+ The steady of march surveillance in the name of public health continued over summer.
+ Facebook’s continued assertion it is bigger than government: Meta ‘most reluctant’ to work with government:
+ Our good friend Ed Santow’s pivot into academia
+ ABC's foray into user data collection for all the wrong reasons - great analysis from Anna Johnston at Salingers
+ The AFL’s bizarre foray into the crypto game
+ And another call from Australians for more control over how their information is used
Also over the break:
+ E-Safety Commissioner Julia Inman Grant’s new powers
+ Submissions for review of the Privacy Act were completed
- Privacy regulator welcomes proposals to strengthen privacy protections (via OAIC)
- OAIC wants stronger accountability measures in upcoming revised Privacy Act (via ZDNet)
- Read our submission here (Centre for Responsible Technology)
+ The Inquiry into Social Media and Online Safety held public hearings:
- Read all the submissions here
- Australia’s online safety reform ‘not worthy of its name’ (via InnovationAus)
- Google and Meta on the defensive in Australian social media probe (via ZDNet)
- Craig Kelly rebukes Google and Facebook for removal of his content at social media inquiry (via The Guardian)
- Big Tech says it is confused by Australia’s growing online safety laws (via InnovationAus)
- And our opening remarks!
And we will be digging deeper into the inquiry with Deputy Chair Tim Watts our first Burning Platforms webinar for 2022: Friday February 4 at 1pm