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World Record attempt for shortest radio advertisement


I was a guest on 612 ABC Brisbane’s Eat The Week show hosted by Rebecca Levingston. We talked about Jibo, attempted to break a world record, listened to P!nk’s “Glitter in the Air”, and discussed various topics in the week’s news. Loads of fun! The Guinness World Record we attempted to break was for the […]

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Stepping down as EFA Chair to take a position with Microsoft


This is the text of the email I sent to members of Electronic Frontiers Australia on Saturday 26 April (edited slightly for style). I stepped down as Chair and as Board Member at the monthly Board Meeting Sunday 27 April. — G’day all EFA members, I am writing with some bittersweet news. Due to a new job, […]

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Europe says no to data retention, so why is it an option in Australia?


With Angela Daly, Swinburne University of Technology There has been plenty of technology-related legal activity in the European Union this month. Last week the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) ruled that data retention regulations, as they currently stand, are not in accordance with EU law and the European Parliament voted in favour of […]

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ACT Police Twitter Forum


I commented in the Canberra Times on the ACT Police conducting a public Q&A forum via Twitter. I said that: “[…] police PR is very difficult given we typically interact with the police only in times of trouble/crisis, so I’d say this was rather successful.” “Answers to more difficult questions got ‘well it’s complicated’ responses,” he said. […]

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If I Could Say One Thing

ABC The Checkout

I represented Electronic Frontiers Australia on the ABC consumer affairs show The Checkout. In my “If I Could Say One Thing” segment I discussed ways of dealing with Internet tracking by advertisers and third parties. Here is the script, including links: Hi, I’m Dr Sean Rintel, Chair of digital rights group Electronic Frontiers Australia. I could […]

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