Category Archives: Post

Accountability under attack in National Security Inquiry

This week the Government announced an Inquiry into potential reforms of National Security Legislation. From the terms of reference: The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security is to inquire into potential reforms of National Security Legislation, as set out … Continue reading

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The Hunting of the Snark (Looking for Digital “Series”)

On Friday 25 October 2011, 40 archivists from across Australia and New Zealand attended our workshop, Drawing insight and inspiration from tradition: Digital recordkeeping and the Australian series system. Our starting point for the workshop was Peter Scott’s series system and … Continue reading

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Freedom of information? A panel discussion on orderly and disorderly methods of information access and release, government secrecy and what needs to change

A panel discussion with Dr Philip Dorling, Tim Robinson and Stilgherrian. ATP Innovations, Australian Technology Park, Redfern, Sydney. Please note the date of this event has changed, it is now being held on Wednesday February 29, 5.30 for 6pm – … Continue reading

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The cardigan continuum

Some enterprising UK based colleagues have set up an archives / records reading group with this teaser: Do you find it difficult to find someone to talk to about the implications of social media for the concept of authority? Do … Continue reading

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Mosaic theory, universal surveillance and unlimited recordkeeping

‘“Mosaic theory” describes a basic precept of intelligence gathering: Disparate items of information, though individually of limited or no utility to their possessor, can take on added significance when combined with other items of information.’ [1] Mosaic theory was what … Continue reading

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Did you have any idea? Video series in support of WikiLeaks and Julian Assange

Award winning Sydney based documentary filmmaker Cathy Vogan has been filming and interviewing Australians about why they support WikiLeaks and Julian Assange. Her subjects have included Australian Greens Senator Scott Ludlam, Media Watch presenter Jonathan Holmes and Australia’s first female … Continue reading

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The work of Peter Scott, an overview

By Kate Cumming At the recent Recordkeeping Roundtable event ‘Drawing insight and inspiration from tradition: The Australian Series System and digital recordkeeping’ I spoke about the history of the series system. Referencing Terry Cook (and Shakepeare!), I argued that ‘What is … Continue reading

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“El Derecho a Saber” (“The Right to Know”)

How recordkeeping systems can reveal the organisation of oppression “On March 25, Human Rights Ombudsman Sergio Morales’ wife, Gladys Monterroso, was abducted by unknown assailants and released some 15 hours later after she was beaten and raped. Early indications suggested … Continue reading

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WikiLeaks and the politics of information

On September 1 Recordkeeping Roundtable co-founder Barbara Reed gave a lecture at Monash University at the invitation of Centre for Organisational and Social Informatics on ‘Wikileaks and the politics of information’. In the talk, Barbara covers a wide range of … Continue reading

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