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Meetings This Week

Friday Forum - Friday, 9 Oct - 9:30 am (10:00 am meeting start) - noon

We have cancelled this meeting until further notice.

Communications - Friday, 9 Oct - 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

We have cancelled this meeting until further notice.

Meetings Next Week

Programming - Tuesday, 13 Oct - 5:30 pm (6:00 pm meeting start) - 8:00 pm

Hi Team,

We will be running this meeting using Jitsi; details later by e-mail.

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The next meeting is on Tuesday 13th October 2020, 6 pm.


— Steve OBrien

Web Design - Saturday, 17 Oct - 1:30 pm (2:00 pm meeting start) - 4:00 pm

We will be running this meeting using Zoom; details later by e-mail.

— Steve South

Current & Upcoming Meetings
(Face-to-Face Meetings for October Cancelled)

69 2020/10/03 — 14:00-17:00 — 03 Oct, Saturday — Penrith Group
70 2020/10/09 — 09:30-12:30 — 09 Oct, Friday — Friday Forum, L1 Woolley + Lawson Rooms
71 2020/10/09 — 12:30-15:30 — 09 Oct, Friday — Communications, L1 Woolley + Lawson Rooms
72 2020/10/13 — 17:30-20:30 — 13 Oct, Tuesday — Programming SIG, L1 Woolley + Lawson Rooms
73 2020/10/17 — 13:30-16:30 — 17 Oct, Saturday — Web Design, L1 Woolley + Lawson Rooms
74 2020/10/20 — 09:30-12:30 — 20 Oct, Tuesday — Tuesday Forum, L1 Woolley + Lawson Rooms
75 2020/10/23 — 09:30-12:30 — 23 Oct, Friday — Digital Photography, L1 Woolley + Lawson Rooms [ Discontinued ]
76 2020/10/27 — 17:30-20:30 — 27 Oct, Tuesday — Main Meeting, L1 Carmichael + Dowling Rooms


Tech News:

Google back with another salvo against media code of conduct

See the iTWire article by Sam Varghese Monday, 28 September 2020 09:14 am.

Author's Opinion
The views in this column are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of iTWire.

With news suggesting that it may soon be hit with an anti-trust suit by the US Department of Justice, Google has come out firing again at the start of another week against the media code of conduct proposed in Australia, this time calling it unfair.

Two weeks ago, Melanie Silva, the company's Australia and New Zealand managing director, launched a similar broadside, rehashing old arguments.

But Silva does not only fire these broadsides at the beginning of a week; she had a go on Friday too, claiming that the media code would disadvantage small businesses.

"As Australia starts to look towards economic recovery, we're concerned that many of these businesses will be affected by a new law being proposed by the Australian Government. That is the News Media Bargaining Code — which would put the digital tools they rely on at risk," was how Silva's spin went.

Google appears to be informing what it deems to be friendly media outlets about these Silva specials so that they can give her words airtime. Alas, iTWire is not considered among the friends of Google — or so it would appear. One generally comes to know of these words of wisdom after seeing them given air in the Australian Financial Review, a publication that always champions the cause of the oppressed.

The latest bit of propaganda from Silva was put online on Sunday. Judging from that, it looks like Google has climbed down from its earlier perch, saying now, "We don't oppose a code governing the relationship between news businesses and digital platforms — but right now the way the law is drafted isn't fair or workable."

Additional proof that the Chocolate Factory is now resigned to a code coming in, but still wants to try and water it down is provided by the fact that all those misleading pop-ups — which you can see here — that used to come up when one visited the search engine's site or YouTube have now been withdrawn.

Silva's latest whinge is about what she describes as "the highly unusual, largely untested, one-sided arbitration system that would determine commercial arrangements between Google and news companies".

When mammoth corporations that push smaller players around and act like bullies of the first order start to talk about being treated unfairly, it does tend to make me laugh out loud.

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