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Australia To Introduce Own Version of ‘Snooper’s Charter’

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is reportedly seeking to introduce a law that will force technology companies to give law enforcement agencies access to encrypted messages.

Like the UK Investigatory Powers Act

The proposed law is to be introduced with the stated intention of reducing online criminal activity e.g. terrorism, and looks set to be a beefed-up version of the UK’s Investigatory Powers Act (also known as the ‘Snooper’s Charter’).

Give Access To Encrypted Messages

Age Checks To View Porn To Be Compulsory

The Digital Economy Act, which comes into force in nine months, will mean that those trying to view pornography on any commercial website or online platform available people in the UK could face a compulsory age check.

What Is The Digital Economy Act?

The Digital Economy Act 2017 is an act of Parliament that was introduced by culture secretary John Whittingdale on 5 July 2016. It addresses policy issues concerning electronic communications infrastructure and services, and updates the conditions for and sentencing of criminal copyright infringement.

Tech Tip: Annotate Web Pages With Windows 10

One great feature of Windows 10 is that Edge allows you to mark up web pages with your own notes and drawings. To add annotate, write, highlight, and even type directly on a website:

  • Click on the Edit image at the top right.
  • Use the purple bar that appears.
  • The tools on the bar enable drawing, highlighting, erasing, making notes, taking screenshots, and sharing.

News Bots to Flood UK with 30,000 Articles a Month

Google’s has awarded €706,000 ($800,000) to the UK’s Press Association (PA) so they can develop robot reporters or news-bots that can generate 30,000 articles a month

Digital News Initiative

The funding is part of Google’s €150m Digital News Initiative, a three-year program in support of European journalism using technology. The initiative is in its third and final year, and lis looking to provide funding for 7 projects in 27 countries.

US Laptop Bans Lifted on Kuwait Airways and Royal Jordanian

After security inspections of Kuwait Airways by US officials and the implementation of new security measures for US-bound flights by Royal Jordanian, the two carriers were allowed to lift the ban on laptops.

What Ban?

Back in March, the UK and US governments introduced a ban on taking laptops and tablets on planes as cabin baggage on flights from selected Middle East and North African Countries. The stated aim was to reduce the risk of concealed bombs being taken on board passenger aircraft.

40% Of London Public Transport Customers Now Using Contactless Cards

The latest Transport for London (TfL) figures show that 40% of public transport customers in London are paying for their journeys with contactless payment cards.

This represents a 25% increase in contactless use for all journeys since last year and the convenience and speed of using contactless has seen people moving away from pay-as-you-go Oyster Cards.

1 Billion ‘Contactless’ Journeys