[free-software-melb] Links from April FSM meetup

abstractmonkey at tutanota.com abstractmonkey at tutanota.com
Sat Apr 20 08:47:08 UTC 2019


Thanks for the articles Ben.
Good to see these articles from Atlassian, Microsoft and others.


To clarify about the reviews/inquiries, there appears to be an inquiry (by Parliament) with submissions from the public being accepted by July 1st, and a review (to be done by INLSM, referred by PJCIS) that only accepts invited submissions. I wonder, how is the review by INSLM independent when INSLM is itself a government body?

https://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Joint/Intelligence_and_Security/AmendmentsTOLAAct2018 <https://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Joint/Intelligence_and_Security/AmendmentsTOLAAct2018>
https://www.inslm.gov.au/current-review-work/#tola <https://www.inslm.gov.au/current-review-work/#tola>


I include a few links, including the Act that is now in force. There are probably too many articles to read through, and it might be better to read the public submissions and the text of the Act when drafting a submission...


Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment (Assistance and Access) Bill 2018 (original text of bill and explanatory memorandum)
https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/C2018B00180/ <https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/C2018B00180/>
--- find the text of the Act that is in force here

Five Country Ministerial 2018: official communiqué
https://insidecybersecurity.com/sites/insidecybersecurity.com/files/documents/2018/aug/cs2018_0379.pdf <https://insidecybersecurity.com/sites/insidecybersecurity.com/files/documents/2018/aug/cs2018_0379.pdf>
--- curiously this is not on the Home Affairs website anymore

Review of the Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment (Assistance and Access) Act 2018 – Parliament of Australia
https://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Joint/Intelligence_and_Security/ReviewofTOLAAct <https://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Joint/Intelligence_and_Security/ReviewofTOLAAct>
--- find people's submissions here


University of Melbourne. "What kind of rear window into encryption do the Five Eyes want?"
https://pursuit.unimelb.edu.au/articles/what-kind-of-rear-window-into-encryption-do-the-five-eyes-want <https://pursuit.unimelb.edu.au/articles/what-kind-of-rear-window-into-encryption-do-the-five-eyes-want>

"Attacks on Encryption" event report and videos
https://www.attacks-on-encryption.com/ <https://www.attacks-on-encryption.com/>
https://blogs.qut.edu.au/crime-and-justice-research-centre/2017/10/09/attacks-on-encryption-event-report/ <https://blogs.qut.edu.au/crime-and-justice-research-centre/2017/10/09/attacks-on-encryption-event-report/>

ProtonMail. "The real problem with encryption backdoors"
https://protonmail.com/blog/encryption-backdoor/ <https://protonmail.com/blog/encryption-backdoor/>

Monique Mann. "The devil is in the detail of government bill to enable access to communications data"
https://theconversation.com/the-devil-is-in-the-detail-of-government-bill-to-enable-access-to-communications-data-96909 <https://theconversation.com/the-devil-is-in-the-detail-of-government-bill-to-enable-access-to-communications-data-96909>

EFF. "Australian Government Ignores Experts in Advancing Its Anti-Encryption Bill"
https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2018/09/australian-government-ignores-experts-advancing-its-anti-encryption-bill <https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2018/09/australian-government-ignores-experts-advancing-its-anti-encryption-bill>

Tutanota. "Why an encryption backdoor would destroy online security"
https://tutanota.com/blog/posts/why-a-backdoor-is-a-security-risk/ <https://tutanota.com/blog/posts/why-a-backdoor-is-a-security-risk/>

"You bunch of idiots!: an open letter to Bill Shorten and Labor from the tech community" open letter
https://alp.fail/ <https://alp.fail/>

ProtonMail. "Australia’s vague anti-encryption law sets a dangerous new precedent"
https://protonmail.com/blog/australia-anti-encryption-law/ <https://protonmail.com/blog/australia-anti-encryption-law/>

1Password. "Does Australia's access and assistance law impact 1Password?"
https://blog.1password.com/does-australias-access-and-assistance-law-impact-1password/ <https://blog.1password.com/does-australias-access-and-assistance-law-impact-1password/>

Signal. "Setback in the outback"
https://signal.org/blog/setback-in-the-outback/ <https://signal.org/blog/setback-in-the-outback/>

ZDNet. "NSW police corruption body wants access to encrypted communications"
https://www.zdnet.com/article/nsw-police-corruption-body-wants-access-to-encrypted-communications/ <https://www.zdnet.com/article/nsw-police-corruption-body-wants-access-to-encrypted-communications/>

IT News. "Mozilla may treat Aussie staff as 'insider threats' to code base"
https://www.itnews.com.au/news/mozilla-may-treat-aussie-staff-as-insider-threats-to-code-base-519793 <https://www.itnews.com.au/news/mozilla-may-treat-aussie-staff-as-insider-threats-to-code-base-519793>

Sydney Morning Herald. "'Every terrorist ... just dumped WhatsApp': laws will make it harder to track criminals, says expert"
https://www.smh.com.au/national/every-terrorist-just-dumped-whatsapp-laws-will-make-it-harder-to-track-criminals-says-expert-20190304-p511kx.html <https://www.smh.com.au/national/every-terrorist-just-dumped-whatsapp-laws-will-make-it-harder-to-track-criminals-says-expert-20190304-p511kx.html>

Melbourne Press Club. "New encryption laws threaten journalism: tech experts"
https://www.melbournepressclub.com/article/new-encryption-laws-threaten-journalism--tech-experts <https://www.melbournepressclub.com/article/new-encryption-laws-threaten-journalism--tech-experts>

Alfie John. "Backdooring Encryption"
https://www.alfie.wtf/cryptography/backdooring-encryption.html <https://www.alfie.wtf/cryptography/backdooring-encryption.html>



Apr 19, 2019, 2:57 PM by puzzleduck at gmail.com:

> Hi all,
>
> I've compiled a list of links from the presentation for anyone interested.
> There are the slides themselves on GitHub, the List of Submissions I found,
> various statements about the bill made by companies and organizations
> (great stuff to quote with #aabill), and finally references to the
> independent review.
>
> Getting in touch with local senators and other groups was our next main
> plan along with reviewing the other submissions if we can and getting in
> touch with any local people.
>
> ~~ Ben Minerds
>
> Slides:
> https://free-software-melbourne.github.io/Assistance-and-Access-Bill <https://free-software-melbourne.github.io/Assistance-and-Access-Bill/>
>
> Submissions:
> https://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Joint/Intelligence_and_Security/ReviewofTOLAAct/Report/section?id=committees/reportjnt/024269/27191 <https://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Joint/Intelligence_and_Security/ReviewofTOLAAct/Report/section?id=committees%2freportjnt%2f024269%2f27191>
>
> Company Statements:
> Atlassian:
> https://www.atlassian.com/blog/announcements/atlassian-urges-changes-to-australian-assistance-and-access-act <https://www.atlassian.com/blog/announcements/atlassian-urges-changes-to-australian-assistance-and-access-act>
> Paul Shetler (former government digital lead):
> https://www.innovationaus.com/2019/04/New-social-media-laws-pointless <https://www.innovationaus.com/2019/04/New-social-media-laws-pointless>
> Amazon, Facebook, Google, Oath and Twitter:
> https://www.cio.com.au/article/646536/tech-giants-urge-govt-review-assistance-access-bill <https://www.cio.com.au/article/646536/tech-giants-urge-govt-review-assistance-access-bill/>
> Microsoft:
> https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/companies-no-longer-comfortable-storing-data-in-australia-microsoft-warns-20190327-p517yz.html <https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/companies-no-longer-comfortable-storing-data-in-australia-microsoft-warns-20190327-p517yz.html>
> ProtonMail:
> https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/assistance-and-access-bill-spurned-by-swiss-encrypted-email-service-20181206-p50kjd.html <https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/assistance-and-access-bill-spurned-by-swiss-encrypted-email-service-20181206-p50kjd.html>
>
> Independent Review:
> https://ia.acs.org.au/article/2019/assistance-and-access-act-to-face-independent-review.html <https://ia.acs.org.au/article/2019/assistance-and-access-act-to-face-independent-review.html>
> https://www.miragenews.com/intelligence-committee-refers-assistance-and-access-act-for-independent-review <https://www.miragenews.com/intelligence-committee-refers-assistance-and-access-act-for-independent-review/>
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