Sam Varghese

Sam Varghese

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the sitecame into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

More than a week after Linux creator Linus Torvalds said he would be taking a break from leading kernel development, it is still unclear as to what actually led to his decision. But one thing is crystal clear: the social justice warriors, who played a role in what happened, are now targeting another kernel developer, Ted Ts'o, who works for Google.

Victoria's information commissioner Sven Bluemmel has raised the possibility that a one-off hack, created to satisfy a demand by law enforcement that access be provided to a particular device, could well end up being re-used with modifications, resulting in a situation which the draft encryption bill has pledged to avoid - systemic weaknesses.

Big telcos Telstra and Optus have focused on how the Federal Government's encryption bill would affect their businesses in their submissions made to the public consultation on the draft bill, rather than the wider ramifications of the legislation.

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