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Telcos given powers to block websites

The Australian government has passed new laws allowing internet services providers to block domains that promote “harmful and extreme” content.

Authorities have accepted new recommendations from the final Digital Platforms Inquiry report — empowering telecommunications companies to restrict access to specific websites hosting ‘extremist content’.

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Facial recognition activated without notification

New revelations have revealed Melbourne authorities are using CCTV cameras with facial recognition capabilities across the CBD, while Perth has already begun their surveillance trial.

Both locations have activated the biometric technologies without formally notifying the public of proposals.

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5G set to bring unparalleled surveillance

A researcher has warned that new 5G capabilities will enhance the sophisticated apparatus of surveillance technologies used by Australian intelligence networks.

The installation of new ‘small cell’ boxes will allow authorities the ability to obtain more precise details for controversial anti-encryption and metadata schemes.

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Neuralink to trial microchips for human brains

Neuralink, the ambitious tech company behind research to link the human brain and computer together, is looking to start trials on patients next year.

The announcement comes three years after Elon Musk unveiled plans to implant microchips into people’s brains to control devices and “enable superhuman intelligence”.

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Facial recognition legislation under review

The government is pushing ahead with plans for a national facial recognition database.

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Land ownership papers to be made “redundant”

New announcements have revealed upcoming changes to land ownership documents, with laws set to remove the option for physical paperwork.

The Queensland government has recently passed an amendment that will end the legal validity of paper Certificates of Titles, now classifying all options outside of digital documents as “redundant”.

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More 5G tower victories across Australia

Telco giants have been met with further roadblocks in the race towards 5G, with more regions successfully campaigning to reject future tower proposals.

The Lathlain and Currumbin Valley regions have recently won bids to appeal both tower and mobile base station installations, following on from similar victories in the Sutherland Shire region last month.

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Plans to limit cash transactions over $10,000

The Australian government has released draft legislation to implement an economy-wide cash payment limit of $10,000 from 1 January 2020.

Treasury officials have announced the laws will be “encouraging the transition to a digital society”.

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Euthanasia laws inching closer to reality in WA

The WA government has put forward the clearest proposal yet about how legislation permitting assisted suicide will work, in anticipation of upcoming parliamentary debates.

A new report, chaired by former WA governor Malcolm McCusker, sets out who will be able to access euthanasia and the process they will go through.

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Council backs residents against Telstra installations

Sutherland Shire Council is making a last-ditch effort to stop Telstra mobile phone installations going ahead at Lilli Pilli, Kareela and Engadine.

A council meeting held earlier this week approved an appeal against Telstra mounting ‘small cell’ installations on community infrastructure.

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