US to diplomatically boycott Beijing Olympics, China threatens “resolute countermeasures”

The United States has revealed it will not send government officials or delegates to the upcoming Winter Olympic Games in Beijing, China as part of a diplomatic boycott. The White House said the boycott was linked to China’s human rights “atrocities”. U.S. delegates and officials are set to be notably absent from February’s 2022 Winter…

China’s facial recognition plans target “suspicious people”

One of China’s biggest provinces is developing a rigorous surveillance system said to target “suspicious people”, such as journalists and international students. Documents reviewed by Reuters reveal that the Henan Province of China plans to build an interconnected surveillance technology network. Reuters has reviewed a near-200-page tender document from the Henan Public Security Department that…

PM introduces “anti-trolling” legislation to unmask online commenters

The Morrison Government will introduce “anti-trolling” legislation that would appoint new obligations to social media platforms in the event of online harassment or defamation. Under the legislation, social media companies would be compelled to reveal the personal information of users being sued for defamation. On Sunday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Attorney-General Michaelia Cash came…

Australian soldiers deployed to Solomon Islands amid unrest

Australia will send over 100 personnel from the Federal Police and Defence Force to Solomon Islands amidst civil and political unrest in the nation’s capital, Honiara. The deployment comes after over 1,000 residents united to protest outside of Honiara’s Parliament throughout the week. Growing unrest in Solomon Islands has developed further today, with Australia now…

“Period of unprecedented global cooperation” but US democracy “backsliding”, says report

The most recent Global State of Democracy report released by a European thinktank suggests democracy is “on the back foot” and the US is “backsliding”. The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA) has released their annual Global State of Democracy Report. Democratic trends are recorded from 1975 onwards according to 29 criteria, with…

Google invests $1 billion in Australian Digital Future Initiative

Google has announced the launch of the Digital Future Initiative, a five-year plan to invest in Australian research and infrastructure. It is hoped the plan will encourage economic and technological growth. This week Google revealed they will invest $1 billion into a plan they’re calling the Digital Future Initiative. The Initiative, which will be rolled…