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Facebook claims it does not conduct business in Australia in Cambridge Analytica appeal - 19 janvier 2021
Social media company aims to avoid liability over Cambridge Analytica scandal by arguing it does not collect or hold data in Australia Facebook is claiming it does not conduct business in Australia and does not collect and hold data in the country in its effort to avoid liability over the Cambridge Analytica (...)

Facebook Is Developing A Tool To Summarize News Articles - 15 décembre 2020
"We all get the privilege of seeing the future because we are making it.” Facebook told employees on Tuesday that it’s developing a tool to summarize news articles so users won’t have to read them. It also laid out early plans for a neural sensor to detect people’s thoughts and translate them into action. Those (...)

What is robodebt ? When was it introduced and what did it do ? - 11 décembre 2020
There are many questions about the government’s controversial robodebt scheme. Let’s start with what it actually is. Robodebt is the common name given to the Online Compliance Intervention, an automated debt recovery program that was introduced by the federal government in mid-2016. The robodebt system was (...)

Robodebt class action : Coalition agrees to pay $1.2bn to settle lawsuit - 11 décembre 2020
Some 400,000 Australians will share $112m in extra compensation, lawyers say The Australian government has agreed to a $1.2bn settlement for a class action brought on behalf of hundreds of thousands of robodebt victims. In a deal struck the day a federal court trial was set to begin, 400,000 people will share in (...)

Les données de l’application de traçage australienne accidentellement collectées par une agence de renseignement - 25 novembre 2020
Un rapport rédigé au sujet de COVIDSafe, l’application de traçage numérique australienne, révèle une collecte indue des données de l’application. Sans preuve à ce jour d’une quelconque utilisation de ces informations. Une ou plusieurs des principales agences australiennes de renseignement et de sécurité ont collecté (...)

Orders from the Top : The EU’s Timetable for Dismantling End-to-End Encryption - 23 novembre 2020
The last few months have seen a steady stream of proposals, encouraged by the advocacy of the FBI and Department of Justice, to provide “lawful access” to end-to-end encrypted services in the United States. Now lobbying has moved from the U.S., where Congress has been largely paralyzed by the nation’s polarization (...)

Les ordres du sommet : Le programme de l’UE pour démanteler le chiffrement de bout en bout - 23 novembre 2020
Ceci est une republication en français de l’article de l’EFF « Orders from the Top : The EU’s Timetable for Dismantling End-to-End Encryption » Aux États-Unis, ces derniers mois, un flux continu de propositions de lois, incitées et encouragées par le discours du FBI et du Département de la Justice, est venu prôner un « (...)

‘Five Eyes’ alliance demands ways to access encrypted apps - 12 octobre 2020
The “Five Eyes” intelligence alliance demanded Sunday (11 October) that tech companies insert “backdoors” in encrypted apps to allow law enforcement agencies the access they say they need to police online criminality. The top justice officials of the United States, Britain, Australia, Canada and New Zealand said in a (...)

Droit voisin : Google et les médias français proches d’un accord - 8 octobre 2020
Après des mois de conflit, l’accord couvre le droit voisin réclamé par la presse, mais aussi des contenus pour Showcase, un nouvel espace lancé par le moteur de recherche. Le ton a changé. Après des mois, voire des années, d’épreuve de force et de déclarations martiales, Google et les représentants des médias français sont (...)

Employers are tracking us. Let’s track them back - 15 septembre 2020
Employers are using tech to track their employees ever more closely. Time for workers to reclaim their own data – and turn the surveillance back on their taskmasters, says Christina Colclough. Here’s what you need to know about your data, your rights, and how you can make sure they are protected. Monday morning, (...)

Why Google and Facebook are being asked to pay for the news they use – explainer - 5 septembre 2020
The digital platforms aren’t happy and have warned of dire consequences if the draft legislation is passed into law The Australian government has released draft legislation to compel Google and Facebook to negotiate with Australian media companies. The digital platforms have responded aggressively, warning users (...)

Eight case studies on regulating biometric technology show us a path forward - 4 septembre 2020
A new report from the AI Now Institute reveals how different regulatory approaches work or fall short in protecting communities from surveillance. Amba Kak was in law school in India when the country rolled out the Aadhaar project in 2009. The national biometric ID system, conceived as a comprehensive identity (...)

Le conflit opposant les médias à Facebook et à Google se durcit - 3 septembre 2020
Sommé par les médias de rémunérer leurs contenus, Facebook menace d’interdire le partage d’articles de presse sur ses services en Australie. Google fait traîner les négociations en France. La tension est montée de plusieurs crans dans le conflit qui oppose les médias et les grandes plates-formes numériques à propos de la (...)

Kids May Be Using Laptops Made With Forced Labor This Fall - 23 août 2020
The Lenovo computers were manufactured under a Chinese government program to provide cheap labor from persecuted Uyghurs. The ongoing persecution by the Chinese government of Uyghur Muslims is far from a distant problem. Recent reporting has identified Uyghur forced labor in the supply chain of major global (...)

Clearview AI, le cauchemar de la reconnaissance faciale devient réalité - 20 août 2020
Imaginée et financée par des personnalités de la droite américaine radicale, l’application de la société Clearview AI permet d’identifier une personne en comparant une photo à toutes celles, publiques, postées sur Internet. Alors que le logiciel était utilisé secrètement par des policiers et des entreprises, la société vient (...)

Covidsafe app overhaul compensates for ’handshakes’ only connecting 27% of the time on some iPhones - 18 août 2020
Exclusive : the most recent test data and information about changes made to the app have been released under freedom of information The makers of the Covidsafe app have had to overhaul the algorithm for determining close contacts to improve the functionality of the app on iPhones, Guardian Australia has learned, (...)

Welcome to the ’splinternet’ : Trump adds to fractures in worldwide web - 14 août 2020
The U.S. has mostly opposed the balkanization of the internet into global factions, but experts said two new executive orders may help change that. It may not be possible to have a worldwide internet, after all. Tech policy experts said Friday that the idea of the internet as one global, unifying phenomenon was (...)

8 million people, 14 alerts : why some covid-19 apps are staying silent - 11 août 2020
Critics have rounded on contact tracing apps in France and Australia for sending out almost no virus notifications. But experts say it’s not a total failure—as long as we learn what went wrong. When France launched its app for digital contact tracing, it looked like a possible breakthrough for the virus-ravaged (...)

Coronavirus : The great contact-tracing apps mystery - 22 juillet 2020
Germany and Ireland have both trumpeted their success in rolling out contact-tracing apps. But is there any evidence that they are doing what they are designed to do - warning people they could be infected with the virus ? Not yet - and the privacy-conscious way in which they are designed could mean we will (...)

Technology Theatre - 17 juillet 2020
When the public is focusing on a technology instead of a holistic solution to address complex policy issues, technology theatre is working. On June 18, 2020, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that Canada would join the ranks of governments launching a mobile contact-tracing application as part of the (...)