Talking Twitter hack, COVIDSafe, and Parler on ABC Brisbane and beyond

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As COVID-19 breaks out again in Victoria and, fortunately to a lesser extent so far, in New South Wales, the subject of Australia’s COVIDSafe app returns. There’s also interest in the new “free speech” social network Parler.

I spoke about both these things, as well as this week’s hack of Twitter, with Kate O’Toole on ABC Brisbane and across Queensland this morning. Here’s the full audio.

For further reading on COVIDSafe, you might like my last two ZDNet stories COVIDSafe might actually be useful after all and Services Australia’s proud achievements include answering the phone, plus the ABC’s Government says coronavirus app has identified 200 contacts, as Victorian authorities say it has not helped them and Tik Tok influencers paid to promote COVIDSafe app falsely claim it ‘traces everyone who tests positive’, and Gizmodo’s COVIDSafe Tries to Indefinitely Connect to Every Device It’s Handshaked Thanks to Yet Another Bug.

As for Parler, you might like to start with this explainer and follow all the links therein.

This audio is ©2020 Australian Broadcasting Corporation.