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Daily review 20/10/2020

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, October 20th, 2020 - 29 comments
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29 comments on “Daily review 20/10/2020 ”

  1. weka 1

    so there was at least 1 covid positive person on the flight and the others were infected because of the flight?

    https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/428777/imported-cases-of-covid-19-confirmed-at-christchurch-isolation-facility

  2. Grafton Gully 2

    Collins in the post National caucus press conference described outgoing National MPs as "high quality people". This is false because "quality" is subjective. It corrodes of the idea that all people are worthy of respect and capable of making "individual choices" and being "individually responsible" and reveals a fundamental inconsistency in the National Party constitution, which I suspect voters sense and are repelled by.

  3. millsy 3

    No one has mentioned MAS's stunning victory in Bolivia yesterday (still to be confirmed, but exit polls are calling it):

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/oct/19/bolivia-election-exit-polls-suggest-thumping-win-evo-morales-party-luis-arce

    • Tiger Mountain 3.1

      Heh, US Imperialism will be impressed.

    • KiwiGreen 3.2

      Honestly it's great to see that even a coup couldn't keep Bolivia down. All though his medeling with term limits although not illegal is a bit rules lawyer-ey. But aside from that I heard Evo morales has made significant strides in alot of important areas from literacy to indeginous rights so this might be some of the best new to come out 2020.

  4. Tiger Mountain 4

    No deal with Greens according to Tova.

    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home.html

    Good news imo.

  5. Draco T Bastard 5

    Five Eyes wants access to encrypted message

    New Zealand joined its Five Eyes security partners to ask social media companies like Facebook to allow access to encrypted data.

    Governments say they worry that criminals and terrorists can use encryption to keep illegal online activity private. There’s no question this goes on.

    There is, of course, a problem or three with this.

    Hard to enforce

    While New Zealand law applies to foreign technology giants, our system has little power to enforce warrants. An international agreement and a common legislative framework will make it easier for local law enforcement.

    The international legal environment is one problem but:

    Encryption works

    There’s a clear message here that governments remain frustrated by their inability to access encrypted material. In other words, encryption is working.

    The only way that the major corporations could even possibly provide what the governments are demanding of them is either if there's a back-door into the encrypted data or the corporations keep track of the users pass-codes into their data. The latter is unlikely to happen because the data and messaging won't be encrypted using those corporations algorithms to encode the data and they just won't be. Which rally means that the want back-doors into the major corporations algorithms.

    And the last problem is, as LPrent of fond of saying, that the internet will just route around the problem. The criminals and terrorists and just plane old anybody will simply set up their own servers with their own secure algorithms that aren't sourced from the major corporations.

    This is a law that will achieve absolutely nothing but I suppose it will keep a few more people employed somewhere.

    • lprent 5.1

      … LPrent of fond of saying, that the internet route around the problem ….

      Yep. It isn’t like it is hard to provide end-to-end encryption or set up servers and routing systems to do the routing. Being able to generate a public / private key systems with very large numbers of bits is a trivial exercise. Passing a few thousand of those as a keypad requires minimal space issue. Layering encryption on top of encryption over a message or data doesn’t exactly cost a lot of CPU time or power.

      For that matter it isn’t hard to simply send material as coded message and let it be read without the shared context that makes it meaningful. If they could do that with broadcast systems into occupied Europe in the 1940s, then you could do it now far more easily.

      On the other hand, you could argue that the intelligence agencies provide the required winnowing to improve the techniques by eliminating the stupid and lazy – including keeping some latter day courtiers trying to hold back the tide in a manner that means they aren’t doing anything dangerous.

  6. Tiger Mountain 6

    5 Eyes, really?

    An anachronistic group now, formed when the Anglosphere still had some reputation as the vanquishers of Nazis.

    USA, UK, & Aust. have all made life difficult for NZ citizens the last several decades, Canada not so much. But really it is now only a few deep state and corporate types that give one about 5 Eyes.

    NZ ISPs should tell them to sod off over encryption, and Greens push withdrawing from 5 Eyes and becoming a non aligned nation harder as a policy.

    • Draco T Bastard 6.1

      As an unaligned nation we'd need even better intelligence services and connections with other nation's intelligence services. A necessary part of our own defence against threats which, as the cracking of the stock exchange proved, do exist.

      But laws like this are worthless because, even if the major corporations do have the data, they're still not going to be able to decrypt it.

  7. Weka 7

    Indonesia is testing British and Chinese candidate vaccines due to outbreaks in its high density population.

    The country is home to Asia’s second-worst Covid-19 outbreak, and it’s eager to take risks.

    Indonesian team in China to check COVID-19 vaccineswww.aa.com.tr › asia-pacific › indonesian-team-in-china-to-check-covid-1…

    [Banned permanently for impersonating another commenter who also happens to be an Author and Moderator here. It was a matter of time before you copped a ban as your behaviour has been going on for years here and despite many warnings and respites, you blew it in a spectacular way. I don’t like handing out bans but this ban gives me some satisfaction – Incognito]

  8. KiwiGreen 8

    You read the werewolf article on it, first time reading his stuff not only changed my mind which I was already kind of firm on, thinking a green coalition was good but read some more and now I think I'm going to stick around.

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