The technology sector unites around proposed amendments to the Assistance and Access Act

Still stunned this happened in Australia – let’s hope it can be fixed somehow.

The technology sector unites around proposed amendments to the Assistance and Access Act

Whither the Australian tech scene

Sad state of affairs down under in tech land these days.

First: https://www.afr.com/technology/tech-firms-including-airtasker-hit-by-rd-incentive-crackdown-that-threatens-software-sector-20181129-h18j51

This one seems pretty damaging – not a body blow but isn’t good sign.

Now this: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-12-06/australia-moves-toward-passing-law-targeting-whatsapp-signal

But the fundamental fact remains that the powers being sought by law enforcement are ill-informed, badly drafted and a gross overreach,” Digital Rights Watch said in a statement. “This bill is still deeply flawed, and has the likely impact of weakening Australia’s overall cyber-security, lowering confidence in e-commerce, reducing standards of safety for data storage and reducing civil right protections.”

RMIT University’s Gregory said the effect of the laws would likely spread beyond terrorist or criminal activities and into private-sector investigations.

“It’s too rushed, too broad, not well-defined and ultimately will be misused,” he added. “People will also be able to use this not just for criminal law matters but also corporation law matters.”

Feels pretty dangerous and I wouldn’t want to be working in security down under.

Maybe this will all blow over but to me it doesn’t bode well for the Australian tech scene.

OTT nuttiness in Australia

I wrote this earlier today so it is fitting that this data is out about OTT in Australia.

In other words some of these countries do not seem to think that it is a winner take all type of thing in video and my guess is that when one wants to stream you cannot get everything you want from one provider. This is no different than say cable or terrestrial TV – there are many channels. Same with OTT – there are many providers and it takes 2-3 of them to get all the content you want.

Netflix launches in Australia & New Zealand on March 24

http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2015/03/netflix-australian-launch-date-revealed-march-24/

We knew it was coming but now we know when. Will be interested to see if this finally buries Quickflix and how Stan will get going.

I guess we will start to see if having regional TV and newer Hollywood movies will help combat the sheer scale and tech of Netflix.

Will get this worked into the list :: http://www.nokpis.com/ott-asia/