When Greens Senator Scott Ludlam, due to speak at last weekend’s Festival of Democracy conference in Sydney, opened an A4 booklet covered in handwriting, I realised what had happened. Now that Attorney-General George Brandis’ metadata laws have been passed, the only way to avoid George and ASIO reading your work is to actually write it down on paper. (Saville 2015)
Greens Senator Scott Ludlam has become the face of the anti-metadata retention campaign in Australia these past few years with his tireless efforts to not only prevent the scheme coming into place, but to provide tactics for the Australia citizens to circumvent their data being retained.
There has been a lot of hype over the new metadata retention plan this year and not in a good way.
Since this regime has come into place, people have become concerned over the lack of privacy we will have in regards to all forms of tele-communication for the next two years, but who knows what will happen in the future or what is happening now that we do not know about.
One thing that has become apparent this month, which I personally believe far outweighs Australia’s concern over surveillance, is China’s answer to data retention.
An article was recently published via Gizmodo on the 19th of October by Lance E. McDonald, a software developer for an Australian ISP, titled ‘Everything You’ve Been Told About Data Retention Is Wrong’. Upon noticing that this article was linked in almost every tweet relating to data retention on the day it was published, I couldn’t help but check it out.
If you are still unsure about metadata and can’t be bothered (I understand) to read all my blog posts then have a look at this clip by SBS2 posted on the 13th of this month, the same day the metadata retention scheme began.
I have posted a lot about metadata, how scary it is and how the government is the big bad wolf in this scenario. And while it is a big deal in regards to the changing digital landscape of Australia, it’s not the end of the world and there are (plenty of) ways around it if you feel concerned about your online activities being monitored.
If you have any questions regarding metadata, what it means and how you can protect it, please feel free to leave a comment and i’ll be happy to inform you the best of my ability.
Welcome to Brandistan are the words that have circulated twitter and other social media platforms for the past few days regarding the backlash and poorly administered metadata retention plan that began on the 13th of October.
Since the plan began one week from today (or so we thought), I decided to give you all a run down on what the hell happened and our *insert sarcasm* favourite old mate, Attorney-General, George Brandis.