ABC News (Australia): High Court allows Milorad Trkulja to sue Google for defamation over images linked to crime bosses. “A man who claims to be defamed by Google has now been given the green light to sue the search engine by the High Court. Milorad Trkulja was shot in the back by an unknown gunman in Melbourne in 2004, at the time of a series of underworld killings.”
The National Library of Australia: has a new Daisy Bates collection online (this links to a Facebook post.) “The controversial ethnographer Daisy Bates recorded many Aboriginal languages in the early 20th century, which would otherwise be lost today. Now her papers have been digitised and are available through the new platform Bates Online.”
Sydney Morning Herald: National Archives wants more money and a new building. “There’s a lot to keep you awake at night when you’re the director of a national institution. For National Archives of Australia director David Fricker, it’s the thought of what parts of Australia’s story might be lost if funding for collecting institutions continues to be cut. The national collection of government records includes hundreds of thousands of audio-visual items, most of which will become inaccessible within the next 10 years, if not sooner, Mr Fricker says.”
The Guardian: Deadly Questions: ask Aboriginal champions anything about being Indigenous. “The Victorian government has launched a new website that will allow non-Indigenous people to ask questions of and about Aboriginal people in an attempt to build understanding as part of a push towards signing a treaty. Called Deadly Questions, the website allows users to write in questions and receive a personal response from one or more ‘champions’.” I visited the site and was immediately asked to submit a question, so I don’t think it’s Australians-only.
Mirage News: Rare Jimmy Barnes footage published in new online exhibition. “Four decades after the release of Cold Chisel’s self-titled debut album, the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA) is celebrating the career of iconic rock singer Jimmy Barnes with a new online exhibition titled Working Class Man, which includes a grab bag of rarely-seen interviews, performances and photos.”
Sydney Morning Herald: National Archives confirms 10 jobs to go, admits to ‘decline’ in access to records. “A ‘downsizing’ at the National Archives of Australia has left it less able to give access to records, its boss David Fricker says. The agency that describes itself as Australia’s memory will lose another 10 staff this year after staffing cuts in 2017-18, he confirmed at a Senate estimates hearing on Wednesday. It comes as the archives faces more applications from researchers to access records.”
New Zealand Herald: Aussie regulator investigating Google for using $626 million of user data to secretly track movements. “The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is investigating accusations Google is using as much as AU$580 million (NZ$626 million) worth of Australians’ phone plan data annually to secretly track their movements. ACCC chairman Rod Sims said he was briefed recently by US experts who had intercepted, copied and decrypted messages sent back to Google from mobiles running on the company’s Android operating system.”