Smithsonian Magazine: Website Provides Blueprint for Repatriating Aboriginal Remains. “While efforts to bring Aboriginal remains home have increased in recent years, as the numbers show, there remains much work to be done when it comes to repatriation and community healing. A new website funded by the Australian Research Council and project partner organizations aims to support those intertwined efforts. Called Return, Reconcile, Renew (RRR), it illuminates the historic and ongoing implications of stealing ancestral remains from Aboriginal communities, provides a virtual space for support and healing, and also offers a roadmap to help Aboriginal communities successfully secure the return of stolen ancestral remains.”
Sydney Morning Herald: ‘People are frustrated’: Turf war brewing over how to regulate tech titans . “The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman and Australian Communications and Media Authority are all vying for key roles in a new regulatory regime designed to curb the tech titans’ dominance.”
The Guardian: Plan for massive facial recognition database sparks privacy concerns. “If you’ve had a driver’s licence photo or passport photo taken in Australia in the past few years, it’s likely your face will end up in a massive new national network the federal government is trying to create.”
Phys .org: Rare and endangered symbolic scar tree preserved . “Queensland Museum researchers have been part of a rescue mission to preserve a centuries-old Aboriginal tree carving, helping document it for future generations using technology known as photogrammetry.”
Southern Gazette: Council wants Google to fix rat-run street. “THE City of Belmont wants Google Maps to change its software to stop a small suburban street from being used as a rat run by drivers accessing Perth Airport and DFO shops. Redcliffe residents say since the permanent closure of Brearley Avenue – the main access to the airport – last year, commuters were being directed by Google Maps down Epsom Avenue on to Stanton Road.” A rat run, in this case, is a small side street or shortcut.
Lexology: Time travel in the Federal Court of Australia – WayBack Machine print-outs admissible* as evidence. “On this basis, there would now seem to be some prospect of getting print-outs of web pages obtained via the WayBack Machine into evidence where: (a) the web pages belong to or are otherwise controlled by a party to the proceedings; and (b) discovery has been sought from that other party and not yielded the content of the web pages.”
Nintendo Life: Australia’s National Film And Sound Archive To Preserve Locally Made Games. “Now that the digital age has arrived, video game preservation is arguably more important than ever. Fortunately, steps are slowly being taken around the world to ensure this industry’s rich history lives on for the benefit of future generations. Down under, the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia has announced it will begin to archive locally made games – including the storyboards, artwork, and soundtracks associated with each one.”