Big data is a dangerous, faith-based ideology. It's fuelled by hubris, it's ignorant of history, and it's trashing decades of progress in social justice.
The Full Tilt
Stilgherrian delivers an undiluted dose of criticism and analysis of the ways digital technology is changing our world and the spin that goes with it. Mostly in words -- sometimes in audio or video formats -- always cynical. Incorporating the Patch Monday podcast.
Stilgherrian is a freelance journalist, commentator and podcaster interested in big-picture internet issues, especially security, cybercrime and hoovering up bulldust. He studied computing science and linguistics before a wide-ranging media career and a stint at running an IT business. He can write iptables firewall rules, set a rabbit trap, clear a jam in an IBM model 026 card punch and mix a mean whiskey sour.
Attorney-General Brandis needs to forget categorising personal data by how it is collected, and focus on whether its use to solve crime justifies invading our privacy.
If these efforts from the copyright industry and its workers' union are the best they can do, then it's time for them to face up to their own mortality.
The Australian government has been discussing a detailed data-retention wish list with internet service providers for more than four years — with citizens kept in the dark.
Is Australia ready to face SCADAgeddon? No. Many of the defenders aren't even on the same page. Literally. Good thing the bad guys aren't ready, either.
"The world will leave us behind," warns Australia's Chief Scientist. We need a game plan, and fast.
The minister responsible for leading cabinet discussions about Australia's cybersecurity can't even explain a web address. May God have mercy on our souls.
Australian businesses shouldn't have to clean up after other organisations' infosec oopsies. It’s time to get tough about data breach notification.
Another week, another propaganda-driven proposal from the mind of Australian Attorney-General Brandis. This one assumes that ISPs need to fix other people's broken product distribution models.
Attorney-General Brandis is failing to join the dots when it comes to new ASIO powers and the push for mandatory data retention laws.