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Free speech under fire from Morrison

This is a bad idea from Scott Morrison:

Scott Morrison will lead a push for a global agreement among G20 countries to clamp down on tech companies when social media platforms are used to promote violence, calling for greater regulation and warning it is “unacceptable to treat the internet as an ungoverned space”.

In the aftermath of Friday’s Christchurch massacre, the Prime Minister wrote last night to the G20 chairman, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, to elevate social media governance as a top-order agenda item for the world leaders’ meeting in June, saying it was up to the international community to act.

Turkey is in the G20. Erdogan will love this idea.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has called on New Zealand to restore the death penalty for the gunman who killed 50 people at two Christchurch mosques, warning that Turkey would make the attacker pay for his act if New Zealand did not.

There is a difference between Islamists and Muslims. This idea fro the PM plays into the hands of Islamists.

Mike Cannon-Brookes and his crayons

We love Mike Ccannon-Brookes. He’s a regular feature here at The Breakdown.

Mike likes to think of himself as a bit of a thinker.

He’s very successful at software design. it has made him very, very rich, very, very fast.

But last year Mike decided he wanted to save the world.

He questioned Malcolm Turnbull on Q&A and has become a passionate advocate for renewables.

On 15 March he made a submission to the Senate Inquiry into Fair Dinkum power.

Here’s mike submission (Sub41).

There’s a lot wrong with it. Starting with his idea that we could use undersea cables to power Asia.

If he would spend his own money on such hare-brained ideas, that would be OK. He has the money, after all.

But guard your wallet. An idea that stupid requires government.

The walls are closing in on Huawei and China Inc

The South China Morning Post reports:

As US government efforts to restrict American academia’s ties to two Chinese organisations gather steam, many of the country’s best schools have done just that.

Huawei Technologies, the private global Chinese tech giant, and Confucius Institute, a Beijing-linked body that promotes China’s language and culture, have been targeted by US lawmakers and numerous federal departments for very different reasons, but the American government believes both undermine its interests.

Huawei, which now makes headlines daily owing to Canada’s detention of the company’s chief financial officer at Washington’s request, rapidly emerged as a global competitor to US tech giants including Cisco Systems and Apple. Confucius Institute’s direct ties to the Chinese central government have sparked complaints from American professors, who saw in the organisation a soft-power play to curtail academic discussion of subjects that Beijing tries to bury.

Confucius Institutes are at many Australian universities.

Just remember, they’re OK (apparently), but Ramsay Centres are bad.

Whatever we spend on universities is too much

This is idiotic.

‘After Christchurch universities have a responsibility: abandon Ramsay’ was published in the always-declining SMH.

Since June last year, a heated debate has been underway on whether universities should collaborate with the Ramsay Centre for Western Civilisation. Many academics have accused Ramsay of being the intellectual face of a Western supremacist politics, and therefore fundamentally incompatible with universities’ obligation to support multiculturalism.  After Christchurch, the urgency to accurately identify and obstruct the ideological enablers of racism in society could not be greater.

This is a great read about Rupert Murdoch

Have a read about Rupert. It’ll open your eyes to the strategic genius of a great Australian (who became a US citizen in 1985):

Thirty-four years ago, Rupert Murdoch showed up in Hollywood with $US250 million ($352 million), buying a stake in the 20th Century Fox film studio – even though he had little interest in making movies.

The scrappy Australian newsman, then known for his clamorous tabloids, was viewed with suspicion. Sceptics assumed he was a corporate raider intent on stripping value from the studio. Instead, Murdoch rescued a threadbare operation from financial ruin and turned it into the centrepiece of a growing empire that has reshaped the entertainment industry.