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Identity cards for Australia again?

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(This show was first broadcast on the 1st of March 2007)
ID Card news by Ian Woolf,
Synthetic interview with Anna Johnston of the Australian Privacy Foundation about privacy concerns, by Anonymous Voice,
Aras Vaichas speaks with Ian Woolf about RFID cards,
Anonymous Voice interviews Professor Graham Greenleaf about card use and Cyberlaw ,
Presented by Darren Osborne,
Produced by Ian Woolf and Charles Willock


Senator Pauline Hanson in 2017 is calling for the introduction of an Identity Card for everyone who uses Government services, for the purpose of somehow reducing welfare fraud.

Concealment of identity when exposing fraud and malpractice has long been an issue for whistleblowers. That has partly been resolved by disguising their voice. We experiment with a further level of concealment - concealing the interviewer as well, by replacing their
voice with an anonymous synthetic voice.

We also explore synthesising an interview - using answers from a real interview but splicing them with new questions spoken by an anonymous interviewer voice.
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The interview with Anna Johnston was synthesised from a story by Alex Koutts, produced by Erica Vowles and originally broadcast  on 13th February 2007 on The Wire.  
Permission to adapt and rebroadcast that interview is
gratefully acknowledged.


Updates: (. . . and developments since the program aired)

[ABC]: Let's kill the Australian identity card zombie once and for all

[Senate]:  Senate Finance and Public Administration Committee report is critical of
many aspects of the Legislation (15th March 2007)

[SMH]:  Government moves quickly to defer legislation for AU$1.1Bn card
"Sydney Morning Herald: Backlash fear sparks ID card rethink"

[ZDNet]:  Minister, Senator Campbell, resigns (on unrelated matter).

[Silicon.com]:  ID card support collapses

[ZDNet]:  Tendering for the card continues!

International and General

[Privacy International]:  Leading surveillance countries around the world

[ABC Radio National]:  Background Briefing. "Getting Smart: the Access card"

[IndyMedia]:  Difference between rejected 1986 ID-card and present proposal

[Spychips]:  Issues about RFID cards

[Privacy.Org]:  Privacy International - National ID Cards

[CNet]:  The Real ID rebellion (a similar proposed card in the US is called Real ID)

Privacy legislation applied to businesses is substantially different
from privacy legislation for government organisations.

[Privacy.gov]:  Australian State and Territory privacy legislation

[Privacy.gov]:  Australian privacy legislation for the Private Sector

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Campaigns and Issues

[ACLU]:  Flash animation of ordering pizza in an Identity card world

[ACLU]:  Flash animation of ID card interaction at airport. "Privacy, Its about Power."

[Privacy.Org]:  Australian Privacy Foundation ID-card Campaign

[Privacy.Org]:  Greenleaf, Graham "Australia's Proposed ID Card: Still Quacking Like a Duck." UNSW Law
Research Paper No. 2007-1 Available at SSRN:

[SSRN]:  G Greenleaf "Access All Areas': Function Creep Guaranteed in
Australia's ID Card Bill (No. 1)", Computer Law and Security Report Vol 23, 2007 (accepted)

[CyberLaw]:  "The Australian Government's Submission is seriously misleading to the
Senate - Supplementary submission to the Inquiry Into the Human
Services (Enhanced Service Delivery) Bill 2007" 2 March 2007

[CyberLaw]:  "Submission to the Inquiry Into the Human Services (Enhanced Service
Delivery) Bill 2007' 25 February 2007"

[EFA]:  Electronic Frontiers Australia

[CyberLaw]:  Cyberspace Law and Policy Centre

[SMH]:  Warning over medical details on national card

[ABC]:  Govt concedes age limit on access card

Need for Identity? - Need for Privacy?

[TheRegister]:  Centrelink database abuse 2006

[AccessCard.gov]:  Access Card and Privacy Taskforce Report

[AccessCard.gov]:  Government response to Taskforce Report

[Wikipedia]:  The Vivian Solon case.

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[Here's Why]:  Radio ID Skim Scam

[Here's Why]:  The Card that Accesses You!

[FOI-Privacy.Blogspot]:  Peter Timmins Open and Shut (blog)

Australian Government Websites

[Accesscard.Gov]:  Office of the Access Card

[Accesscard.Gov]:  The Access Card Bill

[Accesscard.Gov]:  Public submissions on the Access Card Bill

[Privacy.Gov]:  Proof of ID required?

[AG.Gov]:  Attorney General: Protecting identity security

[AG.Gov]:  Identity Security strengthened

[AG.Gov]:  Identity Theft Kit

[Senate]:  Access Card questions with notice in Parliament (Australia)

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Technology Sites

[Wikipedia]:  Radio Frequency Identification techology (Wikipedia)

[The-Gold-Blog]:  Are your credit cards safe?

[RFIDProductNews]:  Applications of RFID cards

[Bruce Shneier]:  Skimming RFID Credit cards

[TechNewsWorld]:  Hacking RFID passports

January 16, 2017
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