A lot of people know that Julian #Assange should be a free man. Many know he is interesting, curious and intelligent. They have heard him provide urgently relevant analysis, information and commentary about many issues and places in our world. Cool examples follow.
Keynote speech at the 19th International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA2013), Sydney - The ISEA conference theme was: Resistance is Fertile vimeo.com/69603591
It's dear @avilarenata speaking at @LSEnews on digital rights, digital colonialism and freedom of speech. She wants us to leave with more questions and answers - firstly, are we passively abrogating and abdicating our right to freedom of expression?
The right to freedom of expression is much more complex than the right to publish. Read this carefully:
The lecture is dedicated to #Assange and @SaveManning and is for those born after 2000. When Renata was a child, she could explore the inside of computers and code in a way that young people today cannot, in fact in many instances it is criminalised to crack open your devices.
Aaaand @suigenerisjen is in Australlian Parliament House this morning, briefing on the complex legal situation of Julian #Assange being warmly welcomed by cosponsors Susan Templeman MP and Senator Peter Whish-Wilson.
@suigenerisjen Jen Robinson has been working with #Assange since 2010 and is briefing parliamentarians, breaking down some of the key legal issues involved. Her purpose in being here today is to bring people up to speed and to highlight what Australians need to know about his case.
@suigenerisjen The very outcome we had warned about for more than 9 years, occurred the very day he was removed from the Ecuadorian, the US requested Julian's extradition for the 2010 publications, done in partnership with many media orgs, The Guardian, Der Spiegel etc.
What is happening with Julian #Assange? It could be that the Ecuadorian government has caved in to pressure and may imminently expel him from their London Embassy. While I'm keeping an eye on the live stream, a thread
Since 2006 #WikiLeaks has published well over 10 million documents, each one provided by a whistleblower who sought reform of how political, corporate & media elites operate, or to reverse the impact of secrecy, censorship and surveillance & more wikileaks.org/10years/timeli…
Each release has shared genuine official information about how governments, companies, banks, the UN, political parties, jailers, cults, private security firms, war planners and the media actually operate when they think no one is looking. wikileaks.org
The lies and the stupidity that has strewn forth from the opposition were laughable and sickening. It showed for all to see the depths to which they will stoop to avoid any possible imputation that they might be do anything other than be in a lock step with the government.
This is a piece of legislation dreamed up by a sinister public servant (Michael Pezzullo) driven by a bankrupt government and a laughable opposition. BUT I WARN YOU NOW. THERE IS A WHOLE INTERNET OUT THERE AND YOU ARE BEING WATCHED. THE INTERNET REMEMBERS.
Now amendments 1-173 to the #AAbill are being moved TOGETHER AS A BLOCK. THAT IS ONE HUNDRED AND SEVENTY THREE AMENDMENTS WILL BE MOVED AS A BLOCK. This is shoddy lawmaking in the extreme. aph.gov.au/Watch_Read_Lis…
The explanatory memorandum on these amendments has just been tabled. About 11 minutes before the complex and exhausting amendments are debated and voted on. Get in the bin @AustralianLabor Get In The Bin.
Labor got the amendments at 6.30 am, and they were put online after 9 am. Tony Burke is explaining why he is an invertebrate and should get in the bin.
It is a bad idea to build a known vulnerability into encryption software says @WilkieMP To design a vulnerability, a weakness, access, is an invitation to wrongdoers to find the key and eavesdrop or see what people thought was a secure communication #aabill
What will our security partners and our business partners think of that? I think it is a reasonable conclusion to draw that there will be concern in other countries and business with operations in Australia with vulnerabilities in our ICT.
HOORAY - now @AdamBandt will speak some sense - the #AAbill undermines our tech industry and civil liberties. Once you create a door into otherwise secure and encrypted communications, you cannot know who else will access it. aph.gov.au/Watch_Read_Lis…
He explains that in other countries, the threat of secure communications no longer being secure has outweighed the perceived 'benefits'. In requiring weakness by law, you lose control over who can exploit that weakness.
There is no such thing as requiring companies to unlock encryption that doesn't create systemic weakness. What the #AABill does is not only request tech companies to assist, but to actively change their software and product.
Invertebrate @markdreyfusQCMP explains how shoddy the process on this bill has been, its lack of definitions, and how important encryption is. This doublespeak comes immediately prior to weakening encryption and Australia's tech sector. The hypocrisy is astounding and vile.
Invertebrate @markdreyfusQCMP confesses that there is still discussion underway about what "systemic weakness" is. Labor is about to pass this bucket and amendments are still being hammered out. It's a debacle and Not How Gravely Important Laws Should Be Made You Idiots. #AAbill
In 2015 #WikiLeaks published NSA selector lists that include the phone numbers of Angela Merkel’s chancellery, her top officials, aides, chief of staff, even her fax machine. wikileaks.org/nsa-germany/in…
Also in 2015, #WikiLeaks published evidence of NSA spying on German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier along with a list of 20 target selectors for the Foreign Ministry. wikileaks.org/nsa-germany/
ACTA, the "Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement", was ultimately rejected. The agreement was an attempt to create a new global standard for intellectual property rights enforcement. wikileaks.org/wiki/Proposed_…
WikiLeaks released a document during talks at the WTO in Geneva that showed how the EU used threats to "reprogram development aid" if developing countries do not agree to sign a new free trade agreement with the EU. wikileaks.org/wiki/EU_aid_de…
This statement issued by the UN Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression recalls a number of international legal principles. oas.org/en/iachr/expre…
Mr. Frank LaRue, Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression issued a groundbreaking report stating that access to the internet was a human right. advokasi.elsam.or.id/assets/2015/09…
Western and Chinese companies expose workers in African uranium grab - WikiLeaks released a collection of documents that open up a corrupt multi-billion dollar war by Western and Chinese companies in the Central African Republic (CAR) wikileaks.org/car-mining/
Trident nuclear weapons submariner, Royal Navy Able Seaman William McNeilly, aged 25, stated, "Please make sure this information is released. I don't want to be in prison without anyone knowing the truth," about the detailed nuclear safety problems wikileaks.org/trident-safety/
Australians were told by Defence Minister Fairhall in 1967 that #PineGap would be a space research base, and that it would not do, “anything of military significance.”
In fact, #PineGap was established 30 kilometres outside of Alice Springs by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) as a surveillance facility to collect intelligence about military capabilities and weapons systems, particularly missiles, of the Soviet Union and other nations
While its listening capacity is applied to verification & compliance with arms control treaty obligations, #PineGap also plays a role in US nuclear war planning through its capacity to locate and jam Soviet & other air defence radars to ensure US nuclear weapons hit their targets
Here we go. There will be an online discussion on radioactive waste - low level, the gowns the medical waste - but also spent fuel and reprocessing wastes - very different streams. It's not clear, due to secrecy, which will be dumped in SA.
Nobody disputes the importance of radiotherapies, says @Scottludlam . But the materials are spread across 100 sites, scattered and unmanaged. The government has been sitting on a business case for 2 years, including keeping the shite where it is, rather than transporting it.
What have we heard from Julian #Assange? Here is a thread from talks when he could still engage with audiences and answer questions to mark the #Unity4J#FreeAssange 50 hr/50 guest online vigil. I agree with the principles and ideas that follow.
"This from Proverbs is the earliest occurrence known to me of the well known idea that knowledge is power. To keep a person ignorant is to place them in a cage. Radio 4, New Years address 2 Jan 2014 bbc.com/news/uk-politi…
The Internet has become the most important device for revealing the truth since the printing press. It has become the number one antidote to TV. It has allowed one person with some truth to speak to every single person. Oxford Union, 1 Feb 2013
So pleased to get a wait listed ticket for the launch of the important book by @BehrouzBoochani who refuses to be silenced. The translater Omid Tofighian is here at UNSW for the event.
This important and devastating book is a testimonial and witness bearing from a deeply engaged political thinker and poet. It defies all literary classifications, says the french translator.
Translator Omid Tofighian graciously thanks Janet Galbraith, to whom the book is dedicated as well as Moones Mansoubi. And then we hear the voice of @BehrouzBoochani also thanking his friends for help and also to Vic Simms who gave such a warm welcome to country.
2/ Information released by WikiLeaks has been used by those seeking justice in numerous court cases, for example, the Chagos Islands case uses cables in evidence. theguardian.com/world/2010/dec…
3/ The Minton Report detailed how Dutch multinational company Trafigura had dumped toxic waste in the Ivory Coast affecting 108,000 people. The report had been suppressed through a super injunction. theguardian.com/world/2009/oct…