The Null Device
Some good news for a change: the Australian senate has rejected the government's surveillance bill, which would have allowed government agencies to intercept electronic messages (such as email, voice mail and SMS) without a warrant. Don't rejoice too much though, as the government has promised to reintroduce the rejected amendment.
A law drafted in the US will allow recording companies to carry out denial of service attacks against file-sharing services with legal impunity. Another instance of assuming that file-sharing is in itself illegal or criminal.
Boot, human face, forever: Cantabrigian security expert Ross Anderson has a FAQ on Microsoft's Palladium total access control initiative. It looks pretty scary; killing the GPL, neutering Linux and locking down digital music is just the top of a rather sinister iceberg.