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Daily review 02/09/2021

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, September 2nd, 2021 - 31 comments
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31 comments on “Daily review 02/09/2021 ”

  1. Ad 1

    How hard would it be for The Standard to generate Zoom meetings in which the participants were anonymised?

    • Andre 1.1

      Oh god no.

      If I wanted to talk to people, I would go and actually talk to people instead of coming here.

    • Robert Guyton 1.2

      Interesting question/proposal, Ad.

    • McFlock 1.3

      Depends on the logging-in process for a start.

      Even if an IT wonk can't find additional metadata about members of a meeting, it's still dependent on the diligence and backdoors of a third-party provider. If someone like juco became minister for security services, how easily could they dox a zoom user for the lols?

      An org I know can't store confidential data on any cloud outside NZ, because countries like Aus have a legally-required backdoor process to retrieve "secure" data if the security services want it.

      • alwyn 1.3.1

        Does New Zealand have something similar?

        And that is a genuine question, not stirring.

        • Nic the NZer 1.3.1.1

          If its going over the pacific cable I am certain the NSA is listening in.

          • McFlock 1.3.1.1.1

            yeah, but if the service is as secure as the label says, the traffic will be encrypted to a high level. At least it'll take time for the NSA to actually read it.

            • Nic the NZer 1.3.1.1.1.1

              Possibly. Didn't the Australian PM (Turnbull) suggest that they could limit the effective encryption level so their services could keep up, e.g that everybody should be vulnerable unless what your hiding was worth breaking regulations to hide.

        • McFlock 1.3.1.2

          Not actually sure on that one – I don't think they even looked into it, given it was NZgovt-owned data in the first place. The aus thing just came up as tearoom conversation after they discovered it looking for a new data storage service – I suspect more than one or two people gettng a cuppa quietly checked their own data storage when they went back to work 😉

          One can certainly make a good case for backdoor access (giggle), usually terrorism and child porn. The downside is the use of state intelligence services to provide a data advantage to the state and its companies, rather than just detecting that level of wrongdoing.

    • millsy 1.4

      You cannot anonymise someone's face…..

    • weka 1.5

      Possibly but tricky for people that aren't zoom savvy. And it would be pseudonymous not anonymous in the sense that some kind of name would need to be used.

      You can join a meeting with video off and use a pseudonym, but it's not always easy to do that if you have previously used zoom with video on and your RL name, because the application will sometimes open with previous settings in place.

      Not sure that the Zoom host would have access to any more data than Mods/Admin do in the back end on TS.

  2. Sacha 2

    Really bad news for women in the US.

    • McFlock 2.1

      It's just horrendous. This is the shit mitch mcconnell was after. Lost the executive, lost the legislature, but has stacked the judicial.

      • roblogic 2.1.1

        Chris Hedges did a very good talk on how corporate America infiltrated the churches and seminaries and created the Christian Right. It is very, very far from the Gospel. The Anti abortion movement was a rallying cry fairly recently invented (around the 70s maybe?); before that the churches were really into the social gospel and loving thy neighbour stuff. Now they are subjected to flag waving mania and the prosperity heresy.

  3. Incognito 3

    Government Covid-19 advertising should be run past experts who could easily pick up ambiguities or inaccuracies, she [vaccinologist Helen Petousis-Harris] said.

    When Government is misled about misleading the public smiley

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/126242692/genuine-error-led-to-incorrect-information-in-covid19-vaccine-ad-government-says

  4. Incognito 4

    Good news among bad news.

    In the past two weeks, the rollout has sped up to the point where New Zealand is vaccinating people more quickly than many other developed countries.

    Nearly 90,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine were administered on Wednesday.

    Plank said while the higher coverage rate was “fantastic”, simply speeding up the roll-out would not be a silver bullet to getting the latest outbreak under control.

    “It still takes a period of weeks or months to build that immunity.”

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/coronavirus/126223967/covid19-84-of-community-cases-were-unvaccinated-12-had-one-dose

  5. Drowsy M. Kram 5

    Go Kiwis – the team of 5 million has vaccinated like with wind during much of lockdown and should edge ahead of Australia soon, although the real ‘race’ is against COVID-19.

    https://ourworldindata.org/covid-vaccinations?country=NZL~AUS

  6. mikesh 6

    Angela Merkel is stepping down.

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