background preloader

Tech/Social Media

Facebook Twitter

Misogynistic 'radicalisation' of boys online has these experts calling for change. For many, misogyny on the internet is depressingly familiar.

Misogynistic 'radicalisation' of boys online has these experts calling for change

In Australia, 65 per cent of girls and young women have reported being harassed or abused online. But some experts are arguing that in a "manosphere" of online anti-women groups, methods of communication and organisation are becoming more sophisticated. At the more serious end of the spectrum, these experts say, are operators that must be seen and named as "extremist" or "terrorist" groups – particularly if anything is to be done to stop them. South Australian government admits redirecting web users through Liberal Party domain. The South Australian government has admitted it has been redirecting web users looking at official government links through a data-harvesting platform.

South Australian government admits redirecting web users through Liberal Party domain

Key points: The ABC has identified state government links being redirected through a domain operated by the Liberal PartyA campaign expert says it is not 'typical' behaviour Premier Steven Marshall says he is not aware of the redirection through the platform NationBuilder An ABC investigation has identified close to 100 examples of state government links redirecting users through "" – a domain operated by the SA Liberal Party. The links can be found on media releases and across parts of the SA COVID–19 website, as well as on other state government department-run sites. On Monday, the SA Government issued a statement saying the redirections had "accidentally occurred" and that neither the Liberal Party nor the Premier's office had been aware of them. US members of Congress duel with social media giants in fiery exchanges over January 6. US members of Congress have duelled with the heads of the world's big tech companies in a fiery hearing today, which saw them accused of allowing misinformation and hate speech to flourish in pursuit of profit.

US members of Congress duel with social media giants in fiery exchanges over January 6

Key points: Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey acknowledged the platform had played at least some role in what happened on January 6Google and Twitter also asked yes or no questions on whether their platform bore some responsibility for the spread of conspiracy theories about the presidential electionCongressman says the power of the tech giants' technology "is awesome and terrifying" The session was the first time the heads of Facebook, Twitter and Google have appeared before Congress since the storming of the Capitol on January 6.

Mr Doyle scored no small victory when he got Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to acknowledge the platform had played at least some role in what happened that day. "Yes," Mr Dorsey said before adding, "but you also have to take into account the broader ecosystem". Canberra family inundated with death threats after being doxxed online in case of mistaken identity. When Lucy* went to bed on a Saturday night earlier this month, she was a regular teenager getting ready for the school week in one of Australia's safest cities.

Canberra family inundated with death threats after being doxxed online in case of mistaken identity

When she woke up, the 15-year-old Canberran had been inundated with death threats and no longer felt safe leaving her home. Warning: This story contains content that may be distressing to some people. As the threats of harm and sexual violence poured in, alongside graphic images of dead bodies, Lucy's mother Sharon* could not understand why strangers were suddenly threatening to "slit my daughter's throat".

"I noticed a couple of odd messages on my own account at first," Sharon said. "Then Lucy came out and her lip was trembling, and she showed me her phone and there were hundreds of abusive messages. Recycled laptops made of Queensland e-waste donated to school students in Papua New Guinea. Some 18,000 students in Papua New Guinea are set to access e-learning for the first time after a Queensland organisation recycled 300 electronic devices out of discarded e-waste.

Recycled laptops made of Queensland e-waste donated to school students in Papua New Guinea

Key points: A shipment of 300 recycled laptops and 20 computer labs is bound to Papua New Guinea from QueenslandE-waste organisation Substation 33 is urging Queensland residents to donate their old devicesThe project hopes to deliver digital learning to every student in 3,500 primary schools across PNG Townsville-based charity LiteHaus International has teamed up with e-waste recycling plant Substation 33, based in Logan, south of Brisbane, for the project.

The organisation has built 20 computer labs made from electronic trash for 20 Papua New Guinea (PNG) schools in the Western Highlands Province. Now a shipment of 300 fully-recycled electronic devices is bound to PNG from Queensland. NFTs are setting the creative world alight. Are they also bad for the planet? By this point, you've probably heard about NFTs — even if you still don't really understand them.

NFTs are setting the creative world alight. Are they also bad for the planet?

They are the digital asset creating headlines globally for allowing artists to sell JPEGs or 30-second GIFs for tens of thousands or even millions of dollars. On Friday, the artist Beeple set a new record when the auction house Christie's sold his work Everydays — The First 5000 Days, a photo collage, for $US70 million ($90 million). That was just the latest development in a burgeoning digital economy that has many in the visual art and music communities excited (and, if we're honest, scratching their heads). But for all the hype, there has been concern that as the market expands, so too will the harmful environmental side effects of any product traded on a blockchain. Are NFTs bad for the environment? NFTs or non-fungible tokens: The new kind of digital art that could prove a bonanza for creators. Paul "Lamborghini" Kell made the news in 2018 when he paid $US38,000 for a digital artwork that anyone could already view or download.

NFTs or non-fungible tokens: The new kind of digital art that could prove a bonanza for creators

This week, he sold the same artwork — a depiction of Homer Simpson combined with internet meme Pepe the Frog — for $US320,000. It's an example of the surging demand for digital artworks called NFTs, which are selling for thousands, even millions of dollars. Police arrest phone hacking gang in Europe who stole millions in cryptocurrency from US celebrities. Police have arrested 10 people in the UK, Belgium and Malta for allegedly hijacking mobile phones belonging to celebrities, internet influencers, sports stars and musicians to steal personal information and millions in cryptocurrency.

Police arrest phone hacking gang in Europe who stole millions in cryptocurrency from US celebrities

Key points: Hackers were able to take control of apps or accounts by SIM swapping They were able to steal money, cryptocurrencies and personal information The celebrities who were victims to the hack were not identified The European Union police agency Europol said the gang was believed to have stolen more than $100 million ($129 million ) in cryptocurrencies by using so-called SIM swap attacks. These attacks involve deactivating a victim's mobile phone SIM card, either by tricking the phone company or using a corrupt insider, so the number can be transferred to another card under the gang's control.

The arrests were the result of a joint investigation by UK, US, Canadian, Belgian and Maltese police, Europol said. Microsoft backs media bargaining code, suggests Bing can fill gap if Google and Facebook depart. Microsoft has publicly backed the Federal Government's proposed news media bargaining code, suggesting its search engine Bing could fill the gap if Google follows through on a threat to leave the Australian market.

Microsoft backs media bargaining code, suggests Bing can fill gap if Google and Facebook depart

Key points: The Federal Government's proposed news media bargaining code would force tech giants to pay for news contentGoogle and Facebook are threatening to withdraw or limit their services if it's introducedMicrosoft isn't covered by the current legislation but says it's willing to comply with it Google and Facebook have warned they could withdraw or limit their Australian services if the code is introduced, forcing them to pay for news content. Microsoft President Brad Smith said he and CEO Satya Nadella spoke with Prime Minister Scott Morrison last week. Mr Smith said while Microsoft was not covered by the current legislation, it would be willing to follow the proposed rules. Bin Isolation Outing's creator is awarded for spreading joy on Facebook. But the group is no more. It started as a laugh between friends, a celebration of bin night to fight the lockdown blues, and within three weeks Bin Isolation Outing had attracted one million members from around the world.

Bin Isolation Outing's creator is awarded for spreading joy on Facebook. But the group is no more

Key points: Bin Isolation Outing rocketed to success and a million members in just three weeksThis week, creator Danielle Askew was recognised at Fraser Coast Regional Council's Australia Day awardsShe shut down the group at the end of last year after it took a toll on her mental health Danielle Askew started the Facebook group in March last year as she and her friends in Queensland's Hervey Bay dared each other to brighten up a rare trip out the front door with dress-ups. This week, Ms Askew's efforts were celebrated with a Community Project of the Year award by Fraser Coast Regional Council — but not before she made the decision to archive the group. Australian Federal Police raid Queensland properties linked to shutdown of DarkMarket website. Australian Federal Police (AFP) investigators have raided several properties in Brisbane and the Gold Coast in relation to the shutdown of the world's largest illegal dark web marketplace, DarkMarket.

AFP officers seized a laptop, mobiles, thumb drives and hard drives in the latest raidsDarkMarket had nearly 500,000 users and nearly 2,400 vendorsInformation from German authorities prompted the Queensland raids. Will deplatforming make QAnon and the far-right fade away or radicalise further? As President Joe Biden was sworn in this week, QAnon forums descended into despair, confusion and wounded anger. "It's over and nothing makes sense," read one message thread title on the largest of these forums. "He sold us out," a believer wrote. "It's revolution time. " Earlier that day, as Donald Trump departed the White House, another wrote, "It simply doesn't make sense that we all got played. " It's fair to say those who follow the QAnon conspiracy theory, which held that Mr Trump would retain power, bring down the "deep state" and expose a far-reaching child-sex-trafficking ring, are shocked right now.

Why you may have to update your devices even if you don't want to. We've probably all been there. We buy some new smart gadget and when we plug it in for the first time it requires an update to work. So we end up spending hours downloading and updating before we can even play with our new toy. Love in the time of algorithms: would you let artificial intelligence choose your partner? It could be argued artificial intelligence (AI) is already the indispensable tool of the 21st century. From helping doctors diagnose and treat patients to rapidly advancing new drug discoveries, it's our trusted partner in so many ways. Now it has found its way into the once exclusively-human domain of love and relationships.

With AI-systems as matchmakers, in the coming decades it may become common to date a personalised avatar. This was explored in the 2014 movie "Her", in which a writer living in near-future Los Angeles develops affection for an AI system. The sci-fi film won an Academy Award for depicting what seemed like a highly unconventional love story. YouTube and TikTok can be tools in your self-care kit — if you know how to use them. As the pandemic turned the world on its head, audiences turned to their screens, seeking out video content on everything from baking tutorials and home workouts to "whisper videos", pimple popping and cleaning. Callum James Roberts is a Brisbane-based YouTube content creator who specialises in white noise, relaxing music and autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR) videos or "whisper videos". Mr Roberts' white noise library includes sounds of vacuum cleaners, pedestal fans and showers, while his ASMR videos consist of him opening Pokémon cards and whispering as he does so.

"It's funny, when any of your friends find out that you whisper on videos it's just like the weirdest thing to them," he said. ASMR is a relatively new concept that YouTube's Asia Pacific culture and trends lead, Ash Chang, said quickly developed a massive following. Mr Roberts said people were seeking out his videos to help tackle feelings of anxiety or stress. Often these videos show a process from start to finish. German authorities accuse Australian man of running DarkMarket, the world's largest illegal online marketplace. An Australian man accused of operating what prosecutors believe was the biggest illegal marketplace on the darknet has been arrested in Germany.

The marketplace had nearly 500,000 users and more than 2,400 vendors, according to prosecutorsGerman investigators were assisted in their months-long probe by US authorities and by Australian, British, Danish, Swiss, Ukrainian and Moldovan police More than 140 million euros ($AUD220 million) of cryptocurrency was allegedly exchanged on the site The site, known as DarkMarket, was shut down on Monday, prosecutors in the south-western city of Koblenz said. Byron Bay restaurant cops a serve from fake reviews before it even opens. With a beachfront location and the promise of live music, Saphia Smereka had been excited about the impending launch of her new restaurant in Byron Bay last Saturday. Key points:

Scammer exploited ATO security lapses to access thousands of Darwin man's superannuation. Trevor Riessen thought he had thwarted would-be thieves trying to lodge a tax return under his name, but then he got a letter from his superannuation fund congratulating him on the transfer of $20,000 out of his account. Are Australians at a 'turning point' on cybersecurity or still unprepared? Most desired consumer items of 2020 include the new Xbox and PlayStation but this may be the last 'console war' between Microsoft and Sony. This Christmas many Australians will be dreaming of ripping wrapping paper off the most desired consumer items of 2020: gaming consoles from Microsoft and Sony. Coronavirus, conspiracies and cries of election fraud marked 2020 as the year of the infodemic. But the worst may be yet to come. Bill Gates became a supervillain, arson was blamed for catastrophic bushfires and dead people were said to have cast votes in the US presidential election: never before has there been a year so polluted by misinformation as has 2020.

When the director-general of the World Health Organisation declared in February that the world was fighting not just a pandemic but also an "infodemic", it was not immediately clear just how prophetic that statement would prove to be. #IStandWithDan vs #DictatorDan: how fringe accounts gamed Twitter during Melbourne's lockdown. During the height of Melbourne's lockdown, as the city struggled to contain the virus, a separate battle was being fought online. Suspected Russian hack on US sends cyber experts worldwide scrambling to defend networks. Suspected Russian hackers who broke into US government agencies also spied on less high-profile organisations, including groups in Britain, a US internet provider and a county government in Arizona, according to web records and security sources.

Key points: The attack targeting the homeland security, treasury and state departments caught more organisations than initially identifiedPresident Donald Trump's response to the attack has been labelled "disappointing" by the head of a national security subcommitteePresident-elect Joe Biden's team says there will be "substantial costs" from the breach. New nationwide 'fake porn' scam targeting social media users. Authorities are warning of a new scam targeting social media users across the country, in which their images and information are being stolen and used to promote fake porn sites. ACCC takes Federal Court action against Facebook over Onavo Protect VPN service - ABC News. Australia's consumer watchdog is taking on social media giant Facebook, accusing the company and two of its subsidiaries of misleading and deceptive conduct relating to a mobile phone app.

YouTube, Gmail and Google Drive crash for thousands of internet users - ABC News. Cyberpunk 2077: Sex, violence, cybernetics, and other things to know about the long-awaited game - ABC News. How social media influencer tactics help conspiracy theories gain traction online - ABC News. Helpline for regional broadband launches to help boost internet in the bush - ABC News.

It can be hard to hear your mum thinks the Earth is flat. But saving a loved one from conspiracy theories is possible - ABC News. Parler, the 'free speech' Twitter clone, surged in Australia after US election - ABC News. Tablet computers have kept prisoners in touch with family during COVID-19 - ABC News. Apple reaches $150 million settlement with US states on iPhone throttling - ABC News. How the ABC produced the Mt Resilience Augmented Reality experience to explore a way of living with big weather and climate change - ABC News. Cyber stalking victim says phones, computers have been hacked for months - ABC News. ASIO launches first public awareness campaign to warn Australians of foreign spies on social media - ABC News. Myanmar elections see Facebook fight hate speech, misinformation - ABC News. SA Police issue scam warning after fraudster impersonating NBN calls cybercrime unit - ABC News.

When women are banned for embracing who they are online, they suffer in real life too - ABC News. Facebook blocks user for nudity in photos of Indigenous Vanuatu ceremony - ABC News. Extremists targeted Magda Szubanski with a trolling campaign after her Sharon Strzelecki COVID-19 ad - ABC News. Being monitored by your boss while working from home — necessary trade-off or 'stupid' surveillance? - ABC News.

Complaints from customers who can't reach their telco up 1,500 per cent, report finds - ABC News. China's 'hybrid war': Beijing's mass surveillance of Australia and the world for secrets and scandal - ABC News. NSW driver's licence data breach left Sydney health worker 'sickened' - ABC News. Anthony Seibold provides dossier of online abuse to NRL Integrity Unit, with cyberbullying legislation on the way - ABC News. Coronavirus has meant a massive boom in telehealth — one Australian start-up was ready - ABC News.

Australia's cyber security watch room is monitoring threats 24/7. Here's what it's like inside - ABC News. NBN structure means those who can afford the least pay the most - ABC News. This woman's photo was used in a hoax campaign against Black Lives Matter. Then the internet fought back - ABC News. Inside the ambitious plan to build a Minecraft version of Australia - ABC News. An Australian has joined Facebook's oversight board, which will even outweigh Mark Zuckerberg - ABC News. Coronavirus has changed the advice around screen time. Here's what it is now - ABC News. Coronavirus is making our health sector and hospitals adapt to a virtual future - ABC News. Australia's coronavirus tracing app's data storage contract goes offshore to Amazon. Coronavirus lockdowns could end in months if Australians are willing to have their movements monitored - Politics. Coronavirus and social distancing are putting Australia's internet is under pressure. Here's how to tweak your home setup - Science - ABC News.

How to focus when your mobile phone is distracting you from reading or writing. Could flashing LED lights encourage pedestrians to look up from their phones? Facebook, Instagram overuse linked to loneliness, contributing to global epidemic. Journalist Deb Knight talks sackings, survival and social media trolls, urging women to be 'kinder to each other' Mount Tamborine school principal wins defamation case over parents' social media posts. Generation Z employees pose dilemma for some employers, and technology is key for retaining younger staff. Chris sorted through the 'blood and gore' on social media. Now he's suing Facebook over PTSD.

Social media abuse prompts sitting councillors not to recontest March 28 election. Coronavirus outbreak the focus of artificial intelligence that is helping predict where it will strike next. Judge allows Melbourne dentist to try new tactic to more quickly unmask negative online reviewer. Smartwatch apps let parents keep track of their kids but data breaches mean strangers can watch them too. Adelaide lawyer Gordon Cheng wins $750,000 defamation judgment over bad Google review.

Defamation action over scathing online reviews is more serious than you think. Is facial recognition technology worse at identifying darker-skinned faces than lighter ones? - Fact Check. On TikTok, point-of-view or 'POV' videos see social media stars pretending to be your kid's boyfriend - Science News - ABC News. Is social media ruining our lives? Guess where a boomer and millennial stand. 'Banksy of Barwon Heads' explains reason behind koala etched in sand on Victorian beach.

Give yourself an online privacy check-up and start 2020 securely - Science News - ABC News. TikTok not approved for use on Australia's Defence devices - Science News - ABC News. Microsoft issues urgent Windows security fix after US intelligence tip-off. Telco, NBN failures during bushfire crisis reveals cracks in regional, rural crisis coverage - ABC Rural - ABC News. How safe are GPS trackers for children — and what should you know before buying one? Calls for 'social casinos' to be regulated as Australians lose thousands in growing industry.

The 'dodgy' world of data enrichment — and why they have my personal information - Science News - ABC News. Brodie 'Youngbloods' Moss quit his job as an electrician to become a full-time YouTuber. Sensitive personal data of hundreds of visa applicants accidentally leaked in email mishap - Health - ABC News. Cambridge Analytica whistleblower Chris Wylie says data still not safe from tech giants like Facebook. New spy boss brings digital deftness and unusual public advocacy to ASIO. Inside the bulletproof hosting providers that keep the world's worst websites in business. A child's online gaming obsession and how this family overcame it. I wanted to punish my daughter with a no-frills phone — but it didn't go according to plan. AI is coming, whether Australia has the policies to deal with it or not, report warns. Western spy agencies being outgunned by 'bad actors', ex-CIA operative James Olson warns. Young people don't understand how texting can turn ugly, report says.

These three lessons from history could help us understand our digital future. Crackdown on Facebook, Google looms as ACCC hands down its final report into digital platforms - Politics. Moderate video gaming unlikely to make teens depressed and lonely, study finds. Telstra blamed after NBN cable found strung between two trees in Sydney's south-west. Encryption laws developed after little consultation with Australian tech companies, FOI documents reveal - Science News - ABC News. Microsoft Windows vulnerability BlueKeep could bring the new WannaCry, so are you safe?

A gaming disorder 'took over Matthew's life' — but this course is helping him take back control. What is surveillance capitalism and how does it shape our economy? Aged care in regions a 'death sentence', as royal commission told of neglect and isolation.