The Little Bird Weekly News

I’ve been the subject of some friendly jealously this week after I realised Twitter put me in their trial of allowing English language users a full 280 characters (up from 140) for each tweet. It takes some getting used to as I’m so used to having to edit tweets down to fit. I’m not terribly sure it will be a good thing once people start including multiple hashtags to fill up nearly 300 characters but we’ll have to see how it goes. I did find the extra space helpful in arguing my case against the Metadata Retention Scheme with Alastair MacGibbon after missing the initial public discussion earlier in the day.

Speaking of unwarranted surveillance, the extent to which women are being victimised through technology was revealed this week.

Information of this kind should help me argue the case for digital rights groups such as the Electronic Frontiers Australia to focus more on the groups most at risk in a world that is increasingly impossible to function in without the use of technology. The EFA holds it’s AGM today where a new Board will be elected and I look forward to any useful efforts I can provide the organisation for which I have recently volunteered.


With the government’s announcement this week that it is going to create a national facial recognition database we are going to need our digital rights and privacy groups more than ever. The creators of the database have dubbed it ‘The Capability‘, I immediately dubbed it #FacePalm although the EFA campaign hashtag is #notmyface.

This week I will participate in The Respect Campaign, the ‘first global summit on technology enabled abuse’ and if I can make it I hope to get to Musicology in the Digital AgeΒ a free event open to all comers which includes a couple of talks on linked data musicology projects.

On top of all this, over recent days, I significantly expanded the functionality in my QPS open data project, adding the ability to graph crime trends by offence, District & Division and for the whole state by offence which provides a sobering view into just how much time and energy police are spending attempting to protect women from violence in the home.

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