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Daily Archives: March 29, 2019

The best-case Brexit scenario could still happen. It probably won’t.

This might come with a “put it back to the people for another referendum first” rider; but likely not. The government, probably still with Theresa May at the helm in essentially a caretaker PM role, either accepts this plan or (more likely) goes back to parliament with a clear choice: …

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Facebook to restrict live video on its sites after Christchurch attack

Facebook has singled out more than 900 different videos showing portions of the 17-minute video of the attack, and worked to ensure they cannot be shared further. Loading Sandberg said Facebook is also using artificial intelligence tools to identify and remove “a range of hate groups” in Australia and New …

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Google drops ‘gay conversion therapy’ app after outcry

Google has removed an app that advised people on “recovery from same-sex attraction” from its download store after one of the United States’ top LGBT+ charities suspended the tech company from a gay and transgender rights ranking. Human Rights Campaign (HRC) removed Google from its annual Corporate Equality Index, which …

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Jail time and billions in fines under fast-tracked crackdown on social media giants

“It should not just be a matter of just doing the right thing. It should be the law. And that is what my government will be doing next week to force social media companies to get their act together and work with law enforcement and intelligence agencies to defuse the …

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Making a game out of Game of Thrones

Initially, my husband and I were dubious about letting our 15-year-old son watch the show with us because it’s pretty salacious stuff. The violence isn’t such a big deal, but the graphic nudity and raw “sexual references” are. But GoT’s classification is “Recommended for viewers aged 15 years or over”, …

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Train drivers take Metro to court over widespread under-payment

The long-standing entitlement is designed to give relief to drivers, whose rosters can include night shifts and weekend work. Drivers who work on their day off are entitled to 12 hours’ pay, in addition to their wage for working an eight-hour shift. But a year-long investigation by the union uncovered …

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Labor to bring in $50m fines for companies breaching competition laws

Penalties against individuals would remain at $500,000 under both laws. Shadow competition minister Andrew Leigh said penalties under Australian competition law remained well short of those available in other parts of the world. An Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development study of competition penalties has found Australian fines were a …

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We all have a part to play in stamping out racism at work

Withdrawal can be a good response. In the case of Twitter, there are high-profile examples like Stephen Fry taking time out from the relentless swill. A good friend, who is a senior manager in the corporate world, told me he had closed his Twitter account. He felt like he was …

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Battle of the Blue Bloods

To get there it will travel a dark path that will include the personal, professional and sexual history of Gobbo, who was promised anonymity by the police she – at least initially – trusted. Along the way it will also examine the judgement and integrity of some police and lawyers …

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