Tech Check Digest - November 12, 2021


The ALP pledges anti-scam centres and further social media crackdown (via ALP). The ALP has announced a National Anti-Scam Centre to protect Australians from online scams including fake cryptocurrency and investment scams and tough new industry codes for social media platforms to protect consumers.

Clearview AI breaches Australians' privacy (via OAIC). The Australian Information and Privacy Commissioner has determined that Clearview AI breached Australians' privacy by scraping biometric information from the web. The determination orders Clearview AI to stop collecting facial images and biometrics in Australia, and to destroy existing images captured.

Facebook may have to be legally forced into small publisher deals (via SMH). After refusing to negotiate with SBS, The Conversation and other small publishers, Senator Andrew Bragg has said that Facebook should be designated under the News Media Bargaining Code, forcing them to enter negotiations or risk fines of up to 10 percent of their Australian revenue.

Google loses antitrust appeal against 2.4 billion euro fine (via Bloomberg). The EU's General Court found that Google breached competition rules and favoured its own services over competitors.

Study from Australian National University found that young people need more protection online (via Canberra Times). The study cited young people exposed to "explicit and disturbing content" and harmful targeting, urging Australia to catch up with European and UK online safety initiatives.


Jon Favreau and Peter Hamby on how social media has changed journalism (via Crooked Media). Topics include how the internet has transformed media businesses and what a sustainable model for journalism might look like.


Why the metaverse must be stopped (via Tech Won't Save Us). Paris Marx talks to author Brian Merchant on Zuckerberg's plan for the metaverse, what's wrong with it and why Silicon Valley is desperate to make it happen.


The Sydney Dialogue annual summit for emerging, critical and cyber technologies (via ASPI). The summit will bring together key players in tech including Nobel laureate Maria Ressa and Facebook Corporate Affairs boss Nick Clegg.