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Australian PM Calls for End-to-End Encryption Ban, Says the Laws of Mathematics Don’t Apply Down Under

Australian PM Calls for End-to-End Encryption Ban, Says the Laws of Mathematics Don’t Apply Down Under

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"The laws of mathematics are very commendable but the only law that applies in Australia is the law of Australia", said Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull today. He has been rightly mocked for this nonsense claim, that foreshadows moves to require online messaging providers to provide law enforcement with back door access to encrypted messages. He explained that "We need to ensure that the internet is not used as a dark place for bad people to hide their criminal activities from the law." It bears repeating that Australia is part of the secretive spying and information sharing Five Eyes alliance. But despite the well-deserved mockery that ensued, we shouldn't make too much light of the real risk that this poses to Internet freedom in Australia. It's true enough, for now, that a
UN Votes to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons – Treaty Awaits Ratification

UN Votes to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons – Treaty Awaits Ratification

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United Nations Conference Vote to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons, Leading Towards their Total Elimination Background information By resolution 71/258, the General Assembly decided to convene in 2017 a United Nations conference to negotiate a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading towards their total elimination. The Assembly encouraged all Member States to participate in the Conference and decided that it shall convene in New York, under the rules of procedure of the General Assembly unless otherwise agreed by the Conference, with the participation and contribution of international organizations and civil society representatives. The Conference will be held in New York from 27 to 31 March and from 15 June to 7 July. The Conference held a one-day organizational session 
Top European Car Manufacturer to go all electric from 2019

Top European Car Manufacturer to go all electric from 2019

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Volvo Cars, the premium car maker, has announced that every Volvo it launches from 2019 will have an electric motor, marking the historic end of cars that only have an internal combustion engine (ICE) and placing electrification at the core of its future business. The announcement represents one of the most significant moves by any car maker to embrace electrification and highlights how over a century after the invention of the internal combustion engine electrification is paving the way for a new chapter in automotive history. “This is about the customer,” said Håkan Samuelsson, president and chief executive. “People increasingly demand electrified cars and we want to respond to our customers’ current and future needs. You can now pick and choose whichever electrified Volvo you wish.”
UK to withdraw from international fishing arrangement.

UK to withdraw from international fishing arrangement.

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The government is to end an arrangement that allows other countries to fish in UK waters, it has been announced. The convention allows Irish, Dutch, French, German and Belgian vessels to fish within six and 12 nautical miles of UK coastline. Environment Secretary Michael Gove said the move would help take back control of fishing access to UK waters. The European Commission said it "took note" but felt the convention had been superseded by EU law. Ireland's minister for agriculture, food and the marine, Michael Creed, however, said it was "unwelcome and unhelpful". "Brexit poses very serious challenges to the seafood sector and this announcement will form part of the negotiations," he said. The Scottish government backed the idea, saying it had been pressing for it "for some
220 officers from Berlin pulled from duty for having a wild party before G20 summit.

220 officers from Berlin pulled from duty for having a wild party before G20 summit.

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BERLIN police said Wednesday its officers were “only human” after they were kicked off the security force for next week’s G20 summit over hardcore partying that earned them hero status from the German capital’s clubbing scene. Around 220 officers from Berlin were unceremoniously released from duty by the Hamburg authorities hosting the July 7-8 summit after they threw a wild party that involved public sex, brawling, urinating in a group and a bathrobe-clad female officer strip-dancing with her service weapon. “Yes, we partied,” the Berlin police force acknowledged in a statement on Facebook. Two officers were celebrating their birthdays, and their colleagues decided to throw a party inside the fenced-off grounds of their temporary container accommodation, the police departme
US Nuclear Plant’s Computer System Hacked

US Nuclear Plant’s Computer System Hacked

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At least one U.S. nuclear power plant was breached and is now being investigated by Federal authorities. However, evidence of particularly sensitive or operational systems being breached were found.  Authorities believe that the breach was aimed at information of the "business-associated side". There was at least one breach detected over recent months. The breach was first reported by E&E News, which covers energy and environment business and policy issues. E&E noted the hack did not garner the attention of the public safety alert systems at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission or the International Atomic Energy Agency, which could be further evidence of a low risk level associated with the breach. A U.S. official called it an "ongoing matter", meaning, it is still bein
Cardiff University – Detecting riots with Twitter

Cardiff University – Detecting riots with Twitter

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Social media can be an invaluable source of information for police when managing major disruptive events, new research from Cardiff University has shown. An analysis of data taken from the London riots in 2011 showed that computer systems could automatically scan through Twitter and detect serious incidents, such as shops being broken in to and cars being set alight, before they were reported to the Metropolitan Police Service. The computer system could also discern information about where the riots were rumoured to take place and where groups of youths were gathering. The new research, published in the peer-review journal ACM Transactions on Internet Technology, showed that on average the computer systems could pick up on disruptive events several minutes before officials and over an
Victims from the Grenfill Tower fire recieve just £10 ($13) for food and drink.

Victims from the Grenfill Tower fire recieve just £10 ($13) for food and drink.

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Council is giving survivors £10 when they go to hotels but no access to £millions donated by public?   Shocking: Volunteer Nisha Parti says victims of #GrenfellTower fire have no access to donated funds and are being given 'a tenner'. #Peston pic.twitter.com/FXy1Er0Qkk — EL4C (@EL4JC) June 18, 2017 .@sarahwollaston and @DavidLammy agree the official relief effort for survivors of the #GrenfellTower fire has been unacceptable. #Peston pic.twitter.com/SLwikp4a58 — Peston on Sunday (@pestononsunday) June 18, 2017 Jeremy Corbyn: "Every day, hundreds of people are stranded at airports and they are found hotels straight away". #Peston. pic.twitter.com/92zvHWuSvA — EL4C (@EL4JC) June 18, 2017
Theresa May has found the perfect way to hide the truth from Grenfell residents.

Theresa May has found the perfect way to hide the truth from Grenfell residents.

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A lawyer has pointed out that Theresa May’s demand for a public inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire is suspicious. She’s also claiming that residents should be demanding an inquest, not a public inquiry, if they truly want justice. People want answers May visited the Grenfell Tower site in West London on Thursday 15 June to meet with firefighters. While not meeting with residents themselves, she made the following statement: Right now people want answers, and it’s absolutely right, and that’s why I am today ordering a full public inquiry into this disaster. We need to know what happened; we need to have an explanation of this, we owe that to the families. To the people who have lost loved ones, friends, and the homes in which they lived. These demands for a public inquiry have been it
A Mosque in Germany has banned the burqa

A Mosque in Germany has banned the burqa

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The country's very first "liberal" mosque is set to open its doors on Friday in the capital - and inside a Protestant church. The brainchild behind the mosque is feminist, peace activist and lawyer Seyran Ates, who moved to Germany from Turkey at the age of six. It will allow men and women to pray and preach together rather than separately. “Fundamentally, the mosque’s door is open for everyone, with one exception: No one will come in with a niqab or burqa,” Ates told Spiegel Online. “This is for security reasons, and also it is our belief that full-face veils have nothing to do with religion, but rather are a political statement.” Lesbians, gay men, and transgender believers will also be welcome. Ates explained that she felt it was “ultimately irresponsible” as a progressive