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Revealed: Big Pharma can access My Health Record

Pharmaceutical companies will be allowed to apply to access data from the controversial My Health Record system, a Senate committee hearing has been told by the Department of Health.

Australians have until January 31st to opt-out of the program before over 17 million digital identities are automatically created for medical access.

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Discussion: Facebook control, digital ID, fuel strike and more

Facebook have announced they will be hiring over 10,000 staff members to monitor “fake news” activity, while digital identification programs and applications are beginning to take shape at a rapid pace in Australia.

In the latest episode of the General Knowledge Podcast, Ethan Nash from TOTT News joins General Maddox from Real News Australia to discuss Facebook’s moves to control the flow of information, digital ID and much more!

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Tech alliance unites to condemn new anti-encryption bill

Technology giants and human rights groups have formed an alliance to fight the Australian government’s new encryption bill.

Calling themselves the ‘Alliance for a Safe and Secure Internet’, the group consists of industry, consumer and human rights groups, who are criticising the government for attempting to pass legislation that threatens the digital security of Australians.

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Victoria set to introduce new “gender equality bill”

The Victorian government has released details of new draft legislation this week that describes changes to the public sector that will force departments to introduce radical new policies to meet “gender quotas and targets”.

The new plan will include a requirement to develop and provide regular reporting with a ‘Gender Equality Action Plan’ and a 50/50 employee representation quota for most areas of business.

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Parents opt-out of classroom technology amid privacy concerns

Australians have long moved past worrying about whether digital technology has a place in education, with schools, colleges and universities now replete with a catalogue of digital devices, systems and applications.

Because of this ubiquity, educational uses of technology tend to escape critical scrutiny and questioning, and most remain unaware of major privacy concerns raised when exploring how your children’s personal information is collected, stored and used at school.

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Turnbull replaced after Rupert Murdoch visits Australia

Rupert Murdoch, the billionaire media mogul behind News Corp and 21st Century Fox, has visited Australia this month and once again invariably seismic events have been triggered, culminating with the #LibSpill.

Is it any surprise that Malcolm Turnbull has been replaced less than a fortnight after Murdoch arrived here? Of course it isn’t, Ethan Nash argues.

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‘Privacy nightmare’: Concerns over new anti-encryption bill

The Australian government has released details of a new telecommunications bill that grants agencies new powers to access encrypted communications data, including enhancing the obligations of companies to provide assistance and new warrants to covertly obtain evidence directly from devices.

In the following piece, Ethan Nash breaks down the legislation, including historical and technical contexts, details of both major schedules in the drafted legislation, and reasons for concerns associated with the broadened power scope granted.

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The Australian government doesn’t care about our farmers | Opinion

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced a $190 million ‘relief package’ this week to help drought-stricken farmers continue to battle one of the worst dry periods ever recorded.

In the following piece, Ethan Nash argues current campaigns by both government and media authorities to ‘help the farmers’ are all a smoke screen to distract the public from the fact this situation was manufactured to be this way and isn’t meant to be fixed any time soon.

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Ultimate guide to the dangers of vaccines in Australia

The Australian government’s claims of safety and efficacy of vaccines are being underpinned by non-objective science provided by an oligarchy of pharmaceutical companies through industry-funded institutions and lobby groups.

In this hostile climate, any citizen questioning vaccination policy is reflexively labelled an “anti-vaxxer” and marginalised or even censored.

The following piece is an ultimate guide to the dangers of vaccines in Australia, including a list of ingredients, studies and medical professionals opposing vaccines, details of the adverse reaction process domestically, Big Pharma’s connections to big business and government and more.

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Revealed: Facial recognition technology to stay following Commonwealth Games

Queensland Government officials have announced that facial recognition technology introduced for security during the 2018 Commonwealth Games will remain in place indefinitely, but won’t say what future use they have in mind for the biometric system.

Civil liberty campaigners say the refusal to release plans for the installed software amounts to a ‘disturbing development in mass surveillance’, with privacy advocates concerned about how the technology will be used in conjunction with the new national facial recognition program.

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