The Australian government has confirmed it will open an official investigation into the Facebook data scandal that saw data from 87 million Facebook user accounts shared with Cambridge Analytica.While the majority of users affected by the Cambridge Analytica fiasco were based in the US, Australia was the 10th worst country hit, according to figures released Thursday by Facebook. It's the latest revelation in what has been a tough month for Facebook, after it was revealed data from millions of Facebook users was improperly shared with Cambridge Analytica, a digital consultancy with ties to the Trump presidential campaign. The original number of accounts was estimated at 50 million, but Facebook revised this figure upward to 87 million on Thursday. Of these, Facebook estimated 300,000 accounts belonged to Australians. As a result, the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) has confirmed it will conduct an investigation to determine whether Facebook breached Australia's … [Read more...] about Facebook faces Australian government privacy investigation
While the National Broadband Network (NBN) has taken steps to improve its rural and regional rollout in the last year, the Northern Territory government has argued that the "underlying issues" of providing reliable and adequate broadband services to remote areas of Australia remain."The Sky Muster satellite service cannot be the sole solution to serve remote Territorians' needs," the NT government's submission [PDF] to the Joint Standing Committee on the National Broadband Network's rural and regional rollout inquiry said."Both NBN Co and the Australian government need to actively and cooperatively develop responsive solutions that meet the needs of the substantial NT population who reside outside urban centres."Instead of waiting for better services from NBN -- which earlier on Wednesday announced that its CEO Bill Morrow will be stepping down by the end of this year -- the NT government also said it is now relying on its own AU$30 million co-investment program with Telstra to deliver … [Read more...] about NBN underlying issues remain for rural rollout: NT government
April 3, 2018 - Written By Manny Reyes The Indonesian government is exerting regulatory pressure on Facebook amid the data privacy scandal and fake news issues facing the social networking site as the country’s presidential election is drawing near. Rudiantara, Indonesia’s Minister of Communication and Information, has warned the social media titan that he would move to order for the service’s closure in the country if the personal data of Facebook users there will be exploited by individuals or groups seeking to sway the results of the polls, which are scheduled to take place in April next year.The minister’s concerns come as Facebook is embroiled in a massive data privacy fiasco after it was found out last month that Cambridge Analytica, a British data analytics and political consulting firm, mined the information of 50 million Facebook users and used the data in a bid to influence the results of the 2016 elections in the United States. Cambridge … [Read more...] about Facebook Faces Indonesia Government Warning Amid Privacy Flap
Open letter regarding Australia's Open Government National Action Plan. Despite open government's best intentions to prioritise collaboration, government bodies consistently duplicate each other's effort. Collaborating as effectively as open communities is much harder than you'd think. A number of us "open technologists" have drafted a paper describing the challenges government faces, along with our vision for how to address these. It is being presented as part of Australia's updated Open Government National Action Plan. For the technical reader If you are a technologist and agree with this vision, please add your technical credibility by signing in source article's comments section or by emailing <cameron . shorter AT g m a i l . c o M> . Diverse support will help sponsors wanting to back its recommendations. Open Letter This letter is presented on behalf of the citizens, technologists and organisations signed below. When addressing the updated Open Government … [Read more...] about What Could Open Government Learn from Us Open Technology folks?
The British government plans to create a "5G city" as a testbed for the future rollout of 5G phone networks across the UK. But which city? That's up for grabs. The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) wants to receive "expressions of interest" from cities that would like to be "the public sector partner" in the project. The deadline is June 5.Industry participation will involve the new UK5G Innovation Network, which was launched on March 26.Some money will be available. The DCMS says that "funding for the project will come from the £200 million assigned so far to develop 5G technologies as part of over £1bn investment in next-generation digital infrastructure." Note: that doesn't say the chosen city will actually get £200 million. That's just how much is held in that particular purse. The largest grant made so far was only £5 million.One potential drawback is that the DCMS would prefer to hear from "large cities below 500,000 population but with … [Read more...] about UK government seeks city to showcase 5G connectivity