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Home Affairs reveals Australian authorities already using new encryption powers

This is how it starts, how under the guise of “security” our freedom and privacy is stripped away. A thoroughly bad law has been implemented and supported by both sides of Australian politics. What’s worse than the impact on our individual privacy is what it means for the state of cryptography across the entire Internet: purposefully allowing back doors to be built into core components of the technology foundation is ripe for abuse by both state and non state actors.


Second Life creators to revamp in VR

Virtual worlds and communities can be fascinating: existence outside the physical, projecting yourself, your mind, your existence into the digital realm, new possibilities, new ways of being, new frontiers. At issue though is making a compelling business model, just like the Internet wasn’t built for commercial gain, not everything should be business return driven, and the issue then is how to achieve scale, penetration and uptake without it. If you build it will they come?

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