The stage is set for a showdown between the FBI and Apple after the tech company’s CEO Tim Cook confirmed he will not assist the FBI in hacking the iPhone of one of the San Bernardino shooters. Mark Zuckerberg has defended Apple move, saying he does not believe the authorities should have backdoors to bypass encryption protection. Academic expert in computer security, Dr Suelette Dreyfus says Apple’s stance is the correct one.
The Greens have welcomed news that a bill for Senate voting reform will be introduced into parliament this week, calling on opposition leader Bill Shorten to back the changes that are supported by many within his own party. Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon says the Bill will end the era of back room party preference deals.
Scientists and astronomers announced they have confirmed a prediction made nearly a century ago, regarding the very fabric of our universe. Researchers at the LIGO institute in the US observed ‘gravitational waves’ using two 4km long laser detectors. Alan Duffy, a theoretical astrophysicist and cosmologist, spoke about this discovery and what it means.
National housing policy body National Shelter has called for urgent action on affordable and liveable housing through the upcoming Federal Budget. National Shelter Executive Officer Adrian Pisarski says a lack of affordable rental supply is creating increasing inequity and disadvantage in Australia.
Experts from across the globe will attend the eSafe Relationships conference at the University of Melbourne tomorrow to share information and ideas on the use of technology to prevent and respond to violence against women and their children. Co-Chair of the Research Alliance to End Violence Against Women and their Children and conference convenor, Professor Kelsey Hegarty says the talks will discuss the problems and determine what interventions are most needed.
The Australian Marine Conservation Society has expressed outrage that the Geelong Star super trawler has caught and killed vulnerable marine life, this time including endangered albatross species. AMCS Fisheries Campaigner Josh Coates says that rather than sanctions, the trawler should be banned from Australian waters.