Issue 1570 - Monday 20th March, 2022

In Today's Issue

The News

Government wants to give ACMA powers to regulate online disinformation

Oh look, another attempt at social media regulation from the Australian government! The Communications Minister dropped a press release this morning that the government will introduce "legislation this year to combat harmful disinformation and misinformation online". If the government is re-elected, ACMA will work with "major digital platforms to develop a voluntary code of conduct for disinformation and news quality" and be given powers to "register and enforce industry codes or make industry standards". This is all based off an ACMA report on the topic.

Brazil bans Telegram, telcos need to block it and Google/Apple need to remove it from App Store

Brazil has decided to ban Telegram. The judge making this decision is doing so because "the app had not fully responded to previous orders to remove the accounts of a prominent supporter of President Jair Bolsonaro. That supporter is being investigated for spreading disinformation and threatening Supreme Court judges". The order made by the judge requires "internet and cell-service providers to make Telegram unusable in the country and directed Apple and Google to remove the app from their mobile app stores". They've got 5 days to comply. Telegram's founder, Pavel Durov, said they never responded because "we had an issue with emails going between our corporate addresses and the Brazilian Supreme Court". Oops.

Some old news for a slow day

Something I Saw On The Internet

Linux is now available for Apple Silicon Macs

An alpha release of Asahi Linux is now live for people to install on their Apple Silicon Macs. The Asahi Linux team have done a great job figuring out the boot process and hardware setup for these Macs (which they've outlined in great detail here - great read if you want to know what makes an Apple Silicon Mac tick) and progress on driver support for all the components is on its way. A few things still don't work (built-in cameras, Bluetooth, sleep mode, CPU deep idle, GPU acceleration, DisplayPort output and more) but the core system is there. The flexibility of Linux with the raw power of these Apple Silicon CPUs is quite exciting.


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