Bookmarked Australia's war on encryption: the sweeping new powers rushed into law by Paul Karp (the Guardian)
Australia has made itself a global guinea pig in testing a regime to crack encrypted communication
Paul Karp discusses the new digital laws that have been passed meaning that providers can now be asked to provide access to users.

While a law enforcement agency may only be targeting one criminal suspect, that does not mean a technological trap will not harm others.

Danny O’Brien from EFF also provides context on this change.

Tristan Greene argues that it will kill the Australian tech scene:

Another way of putting it: Australiaโ€˜s tech scene will soon be located on the Wayback Machine.

Liked SOPA.au: Australia is the Testbed for the World's Most Extreme Copyright Blocks by an author (Electronic Frontier Foundation)

They don't even need to take all the VPNs: as the Chinese government censors have shown in their dealings with Apple, a well-provisioned national firewall can be made compatible with VPNs, simply by requiring VPNs to share their keys with national censors, allowing for surveillance of VPN users. VPNs that aren't surveillance-friendly are blocked at the national firewall.

In 2015, the entertainment companies convinced Australia to swallow a fly, and insisted that would be the end of it, no spiders required. Now they're asking the country to swallow just a little spider to eat the fly, and assuring us there will be no bird to follow. The bird will come, and then the cat, the dog and so on -- we know how that one ends.

Replied to Stop dreaming, Australia: Google is staying in Sydney by John McDuling (The Sydney Morning Herald)
Amazon, for example, is currently auditioning 20 US cities to be the location for its second headquarters in North America. Those shortlisted include "rust-belt" cities such as Pittsburgh, Indianapolis and Columbus, Ohio (although two decidedly 'global' cities, New York and Washington DC, are the firm favourites to prevail). The reaction from Australian cities to whispers that Google could leave Sydney suggests the search giant could have conducted a similar bake-off in Australia if it wanted to.
Maybe Google could move to Federation Square in Melbourne? It would seem that is a space for sale.
Liked Andrew Laming: this is what I really meant about teachers' pay (The Sydney Morning Herald)

If the school year is grinding teachers down mentally to the point where long holidays are required, then the solution is to address what is causing the problems in school term time.

First we must offer teachers the chance to go home like the rest of us and switch off. Second, the bulk of lesson planning needs to shift out of term time, even if teachers are on-site over school holidays. That is when the pupil-free days should occur.

Third, I want principals to change culture tomorrow and be given a slice of the Gonski resources to fund the extra hours that definitively improve student outcomes.

Fourth, we need an explicit focus on the children that do not gain a year of learning in a calendar year, and not dump the responsibility solely on classroom teachers who are forced to pass the parcel.

Finally, states and territories must replace annual incremental pay rises with a genuine teacher-designed merit-based model rewarding sub-specialisation and further education.