Article: On the (partially-)inalienable rights of participants in virtual communities

publication, article, MIA, media international australia, , games, human rights, participant rights, property, virtual worlds, inalienable, contract My most recent article has now been published. Unfortunately, MIA's policy is set to change to allow online access as of the next issue. For now, here's the post-print: Nicolas Suzor, "On the (partially-)inalienable rights of participants in[…]

Mandatory filtering update simulations and symposiums

efa, mandatory filtering, censorship, human rights Despite the best efforts of ourselves and others, reports are still coming in that the mandatory filtering plan has now been 'scuttled', and twitter (and I'm sure many other social media outlets) is still on fire with the celebratory news. Here's an update of some of the things that[…]

Government to tighten sedition laws

sedition, human rights The Commonwealth Attorney-General, Robert McClelland, has announced that the Commonwealth will tighten the federal sedition laws: The Government will honour its election commitment to implement the recommendations of the Australian Law Reform Commission in July 2006 on federal sedition laws. These include changing the title of the offence from “sedition” to “urging[…]

On inalienable rights and virtual worlds

Image: Jefferson Memorial by kjd (CC BY-NC-ND). While the discussion of liability rules and property rules (below) may be adequate for fungible interests, it may not be appropriate in cases of interests which more closely touch the personality of the participant. For these latter interests, inalienability, or partial inalienability may be the best method for[…]

UnCivil speakout

human rights More photos are available (CC BY-SA. Yesterday I attended a rally organised by the QUT Queer Collective. Two members of the QUT Queer Collective had their relationship recognised under British law to protest the ongoing refusal of queer rights in Australia. I'm disappointed that we still have to have these events. The recent[…]

Are tasers used for convenience rather than to stop immiment harm?

human rights Photo by jasonesbain CC-BY 2.0. There's been some interesting comments on the last taser post I made. I understand that police have a difficult time arresting resisting subjects, but it's seems really difficult not to conclude that tasers are being used more for convenience than to actually prevent harm to police officers. In[…]

Taser video – Royal Canadian Mounted Police kill Polish immigrant

human rights A Polish man, Robert Dziekanski, unable to find his mother for several hours, and unable to communicate with anyone in Vancouver International Airport, becomes distressed. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police arrive to investigate the disturbance, and approach the man. Everyone is calm, the man throws his arms up in a gesture for surrender,[…]

Detention centres and TPVs are bad for your health

human rights Image: stephentrepreneur (CC BY-SA) In Australia we grant Temporary Protection Visas (TPVs) to refugees – upon proving a well founded fear of persecution, they are granted three-year temporary visas, and are then faced with the difficulty of applying for further proetction. New research from UNSW ”confirms that TPVs cause immense psychological distress to[…]