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Fair trials face a web challenge

Lady Justice, blindfolded and bold, stands sentry outside most Australian courts.

She is a symbol of an open and just society, her scales weighing the balance of truth and fairness, a personification of what is considered a fundamental human right.

 

But how does an open and just society balance the right to freedom of expression with the right and expectation of justice?

 

The digital age has equipped anyone with an internet connection the means to become a publisher."

 

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Plan to allow live tweeting from South Australian court proceedings

Plan to allow live tweeting from South Australian court proceedings | Technology, Social Media and the Law | Scoop.it
LIVE Twitter coverage of trials in South Australian courts could be a reality by the end of the year if the state's judges approve it.
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Instagram’s revised terms of use: Will the Facebook generation fight back? | Lexology

Instagram’s revised terms of use: Will the Facebook generation fight back? | Lexology | Technology, Social Media and the Law | Scoop.it
The Social Network seems so 2010. Then, we all wanted to become accidental billionaires whilst making the world friends with each other for nothing…
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Social media in the workplace – top 5 issues for 2013 | Lexology

Social media in the workplace – top 5 issues for 2013 | Lexology | Technology, Social Media and the Law | Scoop.it
Social media’s impact in the workplace continued to grow in 2012, with several high-profile incidents underscoring the challenges facing employers in…
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Mark Dreyfus sees free speech risk in privacy law

Mark Dreyfus sees free speech risk in privacy law | Technology, Social Media and the Law | Scoop.it
INCOMING attorney-general Mark Dreyfus has expressed personal concern about the risk to freedom of speech from legislation that encourages people to sue each other for invasions of privacy.
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Danger does not compute in cyber war

Danger does not compute in cyber war | Technology, Social Media and the Law | Scoop.it
The number of serious cyber attacks investigated by Canberra's defence spy agency doubled last year, new figures show, as security experts warn of dangerous complacency in the Australian community about data protection.
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Stress and doubts outweighed by judges' love for work, study finds

Stress and doubts outweighed by judges' love for work, study finds | Technology, Social Media and the Law | Scoop.it
JUDGES lose sleep over their decisions only occasionally, they don't think collegiality is important - but they like their colleagues nonetheless - and love their work, even though the volume is unrelenting.
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Victoria’s police chief to meet Facebook

Victoria’s police chief to meet Facebook | Technology, Social Media and the Law | Scoop.it
Victoria's top policeman will meet with Facebook over concerns the site's users incite hatred and undermine the criminal justice system.
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Interesting article to follow up the media and social media attention regarding the man accused of murdering Jill Meagher.

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Is Lying on Twitter a Crime?

Is Lying on Twitter a Crime? | Technology, Social Media and the Law | Scoop.it
We take a look at whether prosecutors can charge people who send bogus Tweets during disasters such as Sandy that raise public alarm.
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Facebook shuts down Meagher suspect pages

Facebook shuts down Meagher suspect pages | Technology, Social Media and the Law | Scoop.it

Social-media giant Facebook has removed several hate pages targeting the 41-year-old Melbourne man accused of raping and killing ABC radio employee Jill Meagher.

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Social media and crime - ABC Queensland - Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)

The death of Jill Meagher has prompted authorities and her family to beg for restraint on social media when it comes to discussing the man accused of her murder.
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Internet data tracking proposal seen as 'a police state'

Internet data tracking proposal seen as 'a police state' | Technology, Social Media and the Law | Scoop.it

PROPOSED laws that would allow the web and telecommunications data of all Australians to be stored for two years have been dubbed ''characteristic of a police state''.

 

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Big Data Can Tell By Your Tweets If You’re A Psychopath. That’s Only The Beginning…

Big Data Can Tell By Your Tweets If You’re A Psychopath. That’s Only The Beginning… | Technology, Social Media and the Law | Scoop.it
Big data has made your car more efficient and your roads safer — but not without opening a big hole in your privacy.
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Corbys' copyright conundrum ends in pulp friction

Corbys' copyright conundrum ends in pulp friction | Technology, Social Media and the Law | Scoop.it
The Federal Court on Wednesday ordered the ''destruction'' of a book. This was not Mein Kampf or Das Kapital or some other dangerous political tract.
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Access to private net, phone use up by 20% - without warrants

Access to private net, phone use up by 20% - without warrants | Technology, Social Media and the Law | Scoop.it
AUSTRALIAN law enforcement and government agencies have sharply increased their access without warrant to vast quantities of private telephone and internet data, prompting calls for tighter controls on surveillance powers.
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Social media stole my daughter's identity

Social media stole my daughter's identity | Technology, Social Media and the Law | Scoop.it
TERRI Johnson got the shock of her life when she found a picture of her nine-year-old daughter Katie had gone viral.
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Passwords stolen in cyber attack on Twitter

Passwords stolen in cyber attack on Twitter | Technology, Social Media and the Law | Scoop.it
THE passwords of about 250,000 Twitter users were stolen in a "sophisticated" cyber attack similar to those that recently hit major Western news outlets.
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Aussie cyber cops report thousands of incidents

Aussie cyber cops report thousands of incidents | Technology, Social Media and the Law | Scoop.it
The Defence agency responsible for dealing with "cyber events" threatening the Australian government and systems of national importance is experiencing its busiest year.
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"Officially launched in January 2010, the Cyber Security Operations Centre, which is part of the Defence Signals Directorate, has reported 1105 incidents up until the end of August.

If the same average per month rate of incidents continues, the full year total will exceed 1650, which is greater than the 1259 reported in 2011 by 31.7 per cent, and the 1590 reported in 2010 by 4.2 per cent."

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Judge no friend of Facebook for cases

Judge no friend of Facebook for cases | Technology, Social Media and the Law | Scoop.it
A SUPREME Court judge has criticised the use of Facebook in criminal investigations.
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Laws may stop media blogging from court

Laws may stop media blogging from court | Technology, Social Media and the Law | Scoop.it
JOURNALISTS may be restricted from live tweeting or blogging from inside courtrooms in NSW under proposed laws banning the use of smartphones and other devices to ''transmit information that forms part of the proceedings of a court''.
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The Jill Meagher case and the suppressed suppression order | Lexology

 

The Melbourne Magistrates Court has reportedly made an order prohibiting publication of material about Adrian Bayley until 18 January 2013, and requiring any negative material about him on the internet to be taken down.

 

1. What does the court have the power to do "technically"?

2. What limitations are there on the courts power to prevent publication of material?

3. What are the issues with the exact wording of the order not being released?

 

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Dismissal after inappropriate Facebook posts held to be unfair | Lexology

A case summary from Lexology.com about a case before Fair Work Australia regarding an employee's dismissal for sexual and racial discriminatory comments made on Facebook.

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1. What were the circumstances surrounding the setup of Mr Stutsel's Facebook page?

2. What effect did Mr Stutsel's intentions in posting the comments, and his lack of knowledge about how to use Facebook have on the Commissioner's reasoning?

3. Why is having a social media policy important for businesses according to the article?

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Roxon edges toward keeping online data for two years

Roxon edges toward keeping online data for two years | Technology, Social Media and the Law | Scoop.it

The data retention plan - which would force all Australian telcos and internet service providers to store the online data of all Australians for up to two years - is the most controversial element of a package of more than 40 proposed changes to national security legislation.

 

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Court ponders 'trespass' by triggering iPad alarm

Court ponders 'trespass' by triggering iPad alarm | Technology, Social Media and the Law | Scoop.it
Court ponders 'trespass' by triggering iPad alarm...
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The Federal Court builds case for using iPads

The Federal Court builds case for using iPads | Technology, Social Media and the Law | Scoop.it
THE Federal Court has started giving Apple iPads to judges as it moves rapidly towards a legal Holy Grail of paperless trials.
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