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Join Nell Schofield and Brett Solomon as they scan their retinas across the latest global cyber issues and compress them into byte-sized chunks of goodness for your ears.
As Executive Director of Access Now, Brett has a unique insight into the role of human rights in the digital age.
Nell worked with the Lock the Gate Alliance and hosts Roadtrip on BayFM99.9 where TWICS is first broadcast live from Bundjalung Country on Australia's easternmost point.
Hard core data with a dash of downloadable humour.

This Week In Cyberspace Nell Schofield and Brett Solomon

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Join Nell Schofield and Brett Solomon as they scan their retinas across the latest global cyber issues and compress them into byte-sized chunks of goodness for your ears.
As Executive Director of Access Now, Brett has a unique insight into the role of human rights in the digital age.
Nell worked with the Lock the Gate Alliance and hosts Roadtrip on BayFM99.9 where TWICS is first broadcast live from Bundjalung Country on Australia's easternmost point.
Hard core data with a dash of downloadable humour.

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires macOS 11.4 or higher

    4.12 - 15 Years In The Making

    4.12 - 15 Years In The Making

    In this special extended edition of TWICS, co-host Brett Solomon reflects on his 15 years as Executive Director of Access Now.

    When he started in the job Facebook and Twitter were just emerging as social media platforms. Since then we've seen the rise of both as powerful tech tools and the internet as a force for good, evil and all the grey areas in between.

    What are the challenges ahead for digital rights defenders and how can citizens get involved to protect their data online?

    • 49 min
    4.11 - Team Assange

    4.11 - Team Assange

    This Week In Cyberspace, Julian Assange was brought back home to Australian soil in Canberra after a 14 year trial.

    The following morning, Senator David Shoebridge organised a press conference in Parliament House with Assange's wife Stella Assange, legal team Jennifer Robinson and Barry Pollock, Senators Zoe Daniel, Murray Watt, Peter Wish-Wilson, and former Senator Scott Ludlam.

    TWICS was on the sidelines - 27.6.24

    • 10 min
    4.10 - Global Digital Brinkmanship

    4.10 - Global Digital Brinkmanship

    We examine the growing battle between tech giants and governments around the world.

    In the US, Biden has signed off on an ultimatum to Tik Tok to divest or be banned. In Australia, the eSafety Commissioner has issued an ultimatum to X to either take down the video of the stabbing of a bishop in Sydney or pay a daily fine of $785,000 per day. And then there's the European Union where the digital commissioner says a new ‘task and reward program’ on TikTok Lite could be as ‘addictive as cigarettes’.

    It's the age of global digital brinkmanship.

    • 15 min
    4.9 - Musk V Albo

    4.9 - Musk V Albo

    The Prime Minister of Australia has called him an “arrogant billionaire” who’s “chosen ego and violence over common sense”. In return, Elon Musk has sarcastically thanked the PM for informing the public that his platform "is the only truthful one”. 

    The battle lines are clearly drawn with the eSaftey Commissioner issuing a court order for X to remove a video of the stabbing of a bishop in Sydney last Monday. It’s a contest between what Musk sees as the right to free speech and what the Australian government claims is a duty to protect its citizens from “extreme violent content”,

    So, what goes up? And what comes down? And who decides?

    • 16 min
    4.8 - Lavender AI And Its Lethality

    4.8 - Lavender AI And Its Lethality

    Lavender. Sounds pretty vanilla right? But it’s actually the name of the Artificial Intelligence machine allegedly targeting Israel’s bombs at Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad operatives in Gaza. The system has generated  “mass target creation and lethality”, especially in the first six weeks of the conflict. But with a 10% error rating,  the fallout for Gazan civilians has been horrific.

    On the back of a report by +972 Magazine, we probe into the interplay between technology and conflict.

    • 15 min
    4.7 - META's Take On Hate Speech

    4.7 - META's Take On Hate Speech

    This Week In Cyberspace we take a look at hate speech online in the context of conflict. With the UN calling for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza, and the horrific human toll of Palestinian civilian lives still rising, certain words are coming under intense scrutiny.

    META is reviewing the use of the word 'Zionist' on its platforms, while the Arabic term 'Saheed' - the word for martyr - is responsible for the most content takedowns across all of its platforms.

    But what are the implications for free speech and rational debate online?

    • 14 min

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