“History never repeats”, but don’t you think its odd that Australia once a prison Island for colonial England has a policy of imprisoning immigrants and refuges on a smaller island just outside its own borders?
Its commonly thought that victims of sexual abuse may follow there parents behavior and abuse others in a similar fashion, I question whether this is Australia’s period of awkward adulthood there is a growing sense of ugly patriotism which unfortunately can only be seen as racist codswallop. It’s unsurprising given our colonial history that we think that imprisoning struggling people on islands is acceptable but is it.. really ?
Its this country’s policy to imprison “illegal emigrants” or refugees on a small island that is technically outside of the arbitrary border we imagine exists somewhere outside of our island home. It is also the governments policy to not speak about the tactics used to enforce police and govern all of the above infrastructure under the general banner of “operational matters” . So much for transparency and democracy right? Its a perfect example of how not to do open government.
But wait it gets worse there have been allegations of child abuse in prison facility’s..( yes australians put refugee children in prison ) and those in power responded by:
a) Abusing the woman put in charge of investigating the prisons and;
b) threatening to make it illegal to report child abuse in these facility’s
all of the above have driven me to make and open source the above map, available here as a pdf – feel free to reuse or modify Map of prison islands.
Just so you know whats happening down this end of the planet, its really not pretty ,it must change. consider this a message in a bottle.
*please help *
So in the last few days while everyone was distracted by the fact that the visual feedback of there own eyes is not as reliable as they thought my thoughts are drawn to the debacle of meta data. A few things have come to light.
Our dinosaur government clearly have no idea what they are doing this monstrous piece of legislation will undoubtedly slide through the senate unopposed. though there own inability to understand the technology and though a general public apathy probably coming from the same source.
Ignorance is not consent
I doubt that people would agree to having a government geo-location device implanted in there arm tracking their daily activitys in the real world, so I don’t understand why they would ever agree to having there online movements tracked stored and collated but where is the outrage? frankly its beyond Orwellian. Last I looked we were still at least called democracy so WTF ?
Good governments follow expert advise
Of course any sane and sensible government would consult the tec industry (and actually listen) here’s what some experts say:
so in short were on an expensive journey to collect and keep the meta data of every Australian – regardless of history (yup even your grans googling of cupcake recipes) and storing this mountain of data (somehow the ISP’s responsibility.. ) Safely and responsibly (cough) for at least 2 years. Which will undoubtedly mean you will end up paying more for the same shit internet but wont help police tracking terrorists ,because the terrorists and everyone else is using virtual private network or an encrypted service like wikr (apparently our attorney general is already using said service cause -hes so transparent).
So regardless of the pointless expense what about my right to privacy? What happens if the store gets hacked and my data is redistributed to ten thousand Russian bots?
Will I be even told if there is a breach? What safeguards are in place to watch the watchers? Recent NSW police disasters and court trials prove they can’t even be trusted to tell the truth to there coworkers?
And the best thing they can do to reassure me is to tell me if I’ve done nothing wrong I have nothing to fear?
I dont think so – I fear incompetence, mismanagement & “human error” most of which my government have already proven they are perfectly capable of ..
this is a government with the innate ability to shoot itself in the foot please lets not give them a rocket launcher its not going to be pretty.
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