Category: Technology and Privacy

Discussion: Digital media, corruption, Iran tensions

An ongoing campaign to restrict online information is gaining momentum in Australia, with new reports set to focus on social media and the “implications on supply of journalistic content”.

On the latest episode of the General Knowledge Podcast, Ethan Nash from TOTT News and General Maddox & Andy from Real News Australia discuss digital media, new ACCC reports, political conflict of interest, fluoride legalities, the war machine and more.

Lord Mayor dismisses smart city “conspiracy theorists”

The Lord Mayor of Darwin has defended the launch of new surveillance capabilities in the region, after the nation’s smallest capital city just finished the fastest rollout of ‘smart city’ technologies in the country.

The $10 million “Switching on Darwin” project has rolled out more than 900 “smart” LED lights, 24 environmental sensors, parking sensors, free wi-fi and a network of 138 new CCTV cameras throughout the Darwin CBD.

Discussion: Technology, spying, NBN-5G and more

The age of technology has been unprecedented in Australia: from intrusive spying capabilities by governments, to incoming 5G concerns, to the speed disinformation can be spread, as we have seen with recent vegan ‘protests’.

On the latest episode of the General Knowledge Podcast, Ethan Nash from TOTT News and General Maddox and Andy from Real News Australia discuss the latest news from our platforms, including foreign spying on Australia, NBN-5G links, protest laws, media propaganda and more.

Are Chinese tech companies spying on Australia?

Surveillance systems, most notably CCTV cameras and advanced biometric technologies, have expanded at an unprecedented rate in Australia since the events of September 11th, and today have become a security staple of governments, private businesses and individuals alike.

Authorities and experts have both raised concerns that some of the most popular brands of cameras, drones and other accessories in Australia, are being used as a surveillance intermediary for foreign entities, particularly the Chinese government.

Surveillance technology coming to all new vehicles

Controversial ‘driver assistance technology’, including black-box data recorders, which monitor everything from a vehicle’s speed to ‘driver condition’, could become mandatory for all new cars in Europe after an approval from the EU.

Experts have warned that international ‘standard approvals’ will force Australian companies to import most new model cars with the same surveillance technology installed.