Poem about the material economy.
Simone Weil wrote about the Iliad, how it dealt so beautifully with notions of force.
It is forty years on from the Dismissal, or coup, that ended the Whitlam government.
I gave a talk about the Defence Trade Cooperation Act, encryption, and number theory, as part of the Monash University LunchMaths seminar series, in August 2015. Slides are available.
You might not think that an academic computer science course could be classified as an export of military technology. But under the Defence Trade Controls Act – which passed into law in April, and will come into force next year – there is a real possibility that even seemingly innocuous educational and research activities could fall foul of Australian defence export control laws.
Years and years on, abuses continue. Only in December 2014 did the US Senate Intelligence Committee release its summary of its report into the The CIA’s kidnapping (“rendition”) and torture programme.
It took nearly ten years after the fact for an official report to arrive.
Everything is free to move across borders, except… some lesser things, like human beings.
The Australian government may have classified your calculator — and phone, and computer, and every electronic device you own — as military weapons.