“Technology is so much fun, but we can drown in our technology. The fog of information can drive out knowledge.”
~ Daniel Boorstin
Like most digital technology, including the Internet itself, voice morphing, digitally reproducing a specific human voice, was initially a military-based technology that is now being harnessed by organised criminal groups (OCGs) How cyber criminals are embracing voice morphing
Tax man to hit SMEs and individuals with random audits
Back in the good old days of the NSW Public Accounts Committee I was paid to read annual reports / these day few people look at them yet they are still peppered with gems:
More than 300 people were stopped at Australian airports last year over national security concerns, including minors wanting to fly to conflict areas in Syria and Iraq.
The Australian Border Force’s counter-terrorism unit stopped 336 passengers in the 12 months to June 2015, following around 135,000 assessments of travellers across the country.
“Upon examination of persons of concern, the CTU teams have found evidence of significant movements or attempted movements of large sums of cash, and images and material of an extremist nature,” the now-defunct Australian Customs and Border Protection Service’s 2014-15 annual report said.
Spike in terrorism funding in Australia
Since the advent of the Internet and the subsequent proliferation of online game worlds, millions of people across the physical world have spent vast amounts of time, money, and energy on virtual realms and their virtual lives. Taxation of transactions involving virtual goods may have been laughable at the outset of virtual reality, but the idea now bears serious consideration due to the growth of online video games into a multi-billion dollar industry. Byron M. Huang (Tax LL.M. 2016, NYU), Walking the Thirteenth Floor: The Taxation of Virtual Economies, 17 Yale J.L. & Tech. 224 (2015)