Key federal agency cleared of intimidating FOI website Right to Know

An investigation has cleared one of Australia’s leading federal government agencies of threatening and intimidating a volunteer-run transparency website that hosted freedom of information documents about its former boss.

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The Guardian revealed earlier this year that the Australian Public Service Commission’s chief legal counsel had written to the not-for-profit Right to Know website last October, demanding it remove “defamatory material”.

Right to Know hosts FOI documents and associated correspondence in an effort to improve government transparency.

The warning concerned FOI correspondence about the former APSC commissioner John Lloyd and his well-known dealings with the rightwing Institute for Public Affairs, of which he is a former director.

The applicant, an anonymous user named Fliccy, had become frustrated by the agency’s repeated delays and refusals to release documents. They named individual public servants, accused them of failing to comply with FOI law and alleged

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Facebook could face state, federal antitrust lawsuits in November, sources say

The timeline could still change, cautioned the people familiar with the probe, adding that work is ongoing.

State attorneys general in particular are in the late stages of preparing their complaint, according to the people. A fifth person, who also spoke on the condition of anonymity, added the state investigators sought to shore up an initial roster of participants by Friday. The bipartisan group has focused its attention on Facebook’s strategy of purchasing potential competitors, sometimes to acquire and kill them, according to two of the people.

The FTC, meanwhile, has not yet voted to bring a case against Facebook, though some of the people said a meeting of its Democratic and Republican members this week — first reported by The Washington Post — involved presentations illustrating how the agency might proceed.

A lawsuit against Facebook would be the second major antitrust action against Silicon Valley in a matter of

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Netflix Programming Merits Federal Investigation, Urge Advocacy Groups

LOS ANGELES—The Parents Television Council and Enough is Enough, advocacy groups that focus on internet safety and programming for children, are asking U.S Attorney General William Barr to open up an investigation into Netflix on whether it violated federal statutes against child pornography by distributing the French film “Cuties.”

“Cuties” has been surrounded in controversy since its debut on the streaming platform. The story follows a group of 11-year-old girls that try to win a dance competition with a dance routine that PTC describes as “highly eroticized.” Other sexual situations are presented in the film, though no child nudity is depicted. The film is rated TV-MA.

In September, Netflix was indicted by a grand jury in Tyler County, Texas, for the “promotion of lewd visual material depicting [a] child” in “Cuties.” Some conservative U.S. Senators, including Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), have also criticized the

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Computer Crimes and Federal Offenses

If you are under investigation for a computer crime, or if you have already been arrested for such an offense, you are probably under a great deal of stress. Computer crimes involve a wide range of activities that are otherwise illegal. When people use a computer or the internet to further commit such crimes, then they are categorized as computer or internet crimes.

These days, nearly every aspect of our society is digitalized. People can download movies, apply for a credit card, transfer balances between accounts, and pay their bills all with the touch of a button. The expanding functions of the internet have opened a whole new world to criminal outlets and activities. Criminals are finding new ways to break the law at a pace that law enforcement is struggling to keep up with. Because computers have such a large impact on society as a whole, federal prosecutors waste … Read More